Tips for using files and rasps
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following tips will help you get the maximum performance out
of your files and rasps while minimizing your risks for injury.
Before using a "tanged" file or rasp, always cover the tang
with a screw-on or clamp-on file handle to protect your
hands from injury. If you don't have a commercially-produced
handle, make one from a large diameter dowel or piece of
scrap wood. Just bore a hole in the end of your dowel or
scrap. Use a bit diameter that approximates the width of
the tang half-way up its length and tap the file into position
with a hammer or mallet. Be careful not to strike the file
too hard as files and rasps are made of brittle steel.
a good idea to clamp your stock firmly in position before
that files are designed to cut on the "push" stroke (away
from the tang). Dragging the file backwards across your
workpiece will only serve to clog the teeth.
and rasps cut more efficiently and smoothly when they are
used at a slight angle to the workpiece
force a file through the cut. Let the file do the cutting
without using excessive pressure.
the teeth clog, use a file card or stiff wire brush to remove
the debris. NEVER attempt to burn out the clog with a torch,
as files and rasps are made of tempered steel and you could
easily destroy the temper