Sure is quiet in here right now. Ever bitch
about your favorite file getting hopelessly
plugged up with something? This happened
to my favorite six inch fine tooth file. Usually
I have good luck using my cleaner, a wood
handle with a dowel pin in it and a short
chunk of copper tube with a flat end to scrape
out the crap. No go this time. So, I used a
carbide scriber to scrape out every tooth
and WOW did it work! File cuts better
than new! Perhaps this is of use to you?
I use an old school approach to file clogging.... I rub chalk onto the file
to coat the gullets to cut down on the clogging. I use a brass bristle brush
to clean the files rather than a file card with steel bristles. This was
something Lynton McKenzie mentioned to a group of us gathered for an
informal discussion of engraving. I figured that if it was good enough for
someone trusted to engrave English Best shotguns (H&H, Purdey, etc.) it was
good enough for me!
I also always clean the files when I'm done with them and give them a spritz
of WD-40 before placing them in their protective newspaper sleeves. I
firmly believe more damage is done to files stored carelessly than ever
occurs to them in use...
I agree about them rubbing each other causes more damage.
I took manila file folders and cut them to make folders for each when I
had them in my drawers.
I just got a wood lathe last June or July, I made a bunch of handles for
all the files 2 weeks or so ago. Just heated the tangs with a torch and
force them into the maple handle which had a small hole drilled.
Now hanging them by their handles in a rac.
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