File Basics: How to select and use files for metalworking

A file is one of the most useful tools you can have in a workshop, but they’re rarely fully understood and appreciated in our modern mechanized age.

Files have been around for over three thousand years, and before machine tools became available they were one of the primary means of making precision objects!

In this video I show the basic types of files, the differences between them, and how to use them.

Here is a nice set of files to get started with:

Make sure to get a file card for cleaning your files:

I also highly recommend a sturdy vise when using files:

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Woodworking Tools: Hand Tools – Trend 6″ Diamond Taper File

Woodworking Tools: Hand Tools - Trend 6
Woodworking Tools: Hand Tools – You know that it’s more dangerous to use a dull tool than a sharp one. The question is how to keep all your tools sharp and ready to work. Trend’s new 6″ Diamond Taper File provides part of the answer. Check out our video review of this product to learn more. Find out more about Trend tools at A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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