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Old 05-16-2018, 09:26 AM
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I stay as far away from the wire card files as possible as they are close to the hardness of the file. I just use a piece of aluminum scrap and let the file cut it to be a perfect match.
I have heard that putting a file in coca cola overnight will make it cut better.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:32 AM
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I stay as far away from the wire card files as possible as they are close to the hardness of the file. I just use a piece of aluminum scrap and let the file cut it to be a perfect match.
I have heard that putting a file in coca cola overnight will make it cut better.
I have heard the same thing about Coke. Mostly I use the brush side of my card file. I am going to try the bamboo idea too.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:25 AM
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The ‘oldtimers’ always said to take chalk and run it over the file before use, it would help prevent the cuttings from sticking in the file. I used to do it, now I just try to avoid filing. Majority of my file use these days is using rifflers of various shapes and curves matching up welded repairs on tooling.


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Old 05-16-2018, 10:56 AM
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I had a machinist that had apprenticed in Germany working for me. He said that at the start of his apprenticeship he was handed a file and a piece of steel and had to file it into a cube.
Each time he got into trouble he had to file the cube into a smaller cube. If he ran out of cube before he completed his apprenticeship he failed and was booted out of the trade.
He was a poor tradesman but great with a file
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This guy claims it works but, I haven't tried it.

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Old 05-16-2018, 05:39 PM
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My Dad was a carpenter and would sharpen his own hand saws. He never threw anything away, either. When I cleaned out his workbench, I found 117 three cornered files. All dull, from sharpening saws. If only, he'd known about drain cleaner

He started his apprenticeship around 1915 so, Skillsaws weren't widely in use, yet.


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My Dad was a carpenter and would sharpen his own hand saws. He never threw anything away, either. When I cleaned out his workbench, I found 117 three cornered files. All dull, from sharpening saws. If only, he'd known about drain cleaner

He started his apprenticeship around 1915 so, Skillsaws weren't widely in use, yet.


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I've been sharpening my hand saws for about 45 years. The old cabinet maker that lived by me back in PA showed me how. He and his son built the house I lived in back there. The son lived in it for some years and when he moved I bought it. That gentleman was some woodworker.
...lew... ps I also sharpen the steel 10" circular saw blades. Carbide I defer to the sharpener shops. :-)
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I've been sharpening my hand saws for about 45 years. The old cabinet maker that lived by me back in PA showed me how. He and his son built the house I lived in back there. The son lived in it for some years and when he moved I bought it. That gentleman was some woodworker.
...lew... ps I also sharpen the steel 10" circular saw blades. Carbide I defer to the sharpener shops. :-)
I sharpen my table saw blades too. I have a blade sharpener for those. Steel or carbide. Diamond wheel. HF special.
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