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Forum topic by spooled posted 566 days ago 927 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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spooled

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566 days ago

I just finished building a Morris Chair with mortise and tenon joinery. This was my first venture into mortise and tenons. I felt like a good wood file would have made the job easier. My only files are for metal and did not work well at all. The local big box store didn’t have anything better. Where is a good source and which one works best for wood? Thanks.

-- Charlie,Treasure coast


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BTimmons

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#1 posted 565 days ago

I’d actually recommend a good sharp chisel instead.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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spooled

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#2 posted 565 days ago

I have a very good set of chisels which I used on the project but felt a good file might work better especially on the thru mortises.

-- Charlie,Treasure coast

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DocBailey

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#3 posted 565 days ago

you want either a rasp or a float

example here

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 565 days ago

I agree with Doc, a rasp will do the job for you. Just be careful to keep the outside edges square, sometimes they can be quite aggressive.

-- Art

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Loren

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#5 posted 565 days ago

Iwasaki files. Woodcraft has them.

Bastard files are pretty useful for woodworking. Finer
files aren’t so effective on wood.

I haven’t bought one of these yet, but I intend to:
http://usironmongers.com/item/simmonds-tool-line-files-amp-r/21-european-cabinetmaker-crank/lid=22024735

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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spooled

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#6 posted 565 days ago

Thanks for all the help guys I will check these out.

-- Charlie,Treasure coast

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#7 posted 565 days ago

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#8 posted 565 days ago

I have a flat bastard cut file and a flat Japanese Milled-Tooth File, from Lee Valley, that I use to clean up mortises.

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#9 posted 565 days ago

+1 on a flat float

Lie Nielsen sells good ones.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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waho6o9

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#10 posted 565 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2657

An awesome thread addressing your concerns as well. I like using wood files
to clean up tenons and the floats mentioned above look like a great idea.

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