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: http://amzn.to/1xAbPvI

Make sure to get a file card for cleaning your files: http://amzn.to/1sXoVnv

I also highly recommend a sturdy vise when using files: http://amzn.to/1wiFcEp

-Aaron
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Woodworking: Intro Five Top Plane Types. How To Select & Use

(For more high quality free woodworking videos go to: http://www.woodtreks.com) – In this video, learn about the most common, and popular, hand planes used by crafts people today. At first glance, the whole subject looks complicated, because there are dozens of major plane types and many different variations within each of those categories. But most accomplished woodworkers agree that there is a core list of planes that any woodworker should consider for their toolbox.

In this segment, I introduce and demonstrate how to choose/select, and use five of the more useful handplanes used by contemporary artisans who work with wood. You’ll learn the characteristics and uses of the jack, smooth, rabbit, block, and jointer (try) planes. And you’ll see them put through their paces. Then you decide which planes you should buy or own. (7 Minute Video)
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Select the perfect workspace and supplies for woodworking from Minwax

Learn important tips for creating the perfect workspace and choosing the correct supplies for woodworking from Minwax and Bruce Johnson. Before you get started on any wood finishing project, it is always important to pick the best possible place to work and gather the basic supplies you’re going to need for each of your projects. When it comes time to pick where you’re going to work, there are a couple of criteria you want to keep in mind. First, make sure you always have a good stream of fresh air moving through the area. It is important that you’re not working in a space where there is a lot of excessive dust. If you have been sanding or cleaning in your area, vacuum or let the dust settle before you start staining and finishing. This will prevent dust from ending up in your project. You also want to make sure you have good light. Good light will prevent you from missing a spot or failing to see stain runs and drips. If you are thinking about working in your basement, there are a few specific considerations to keep in mind. Make sure the humidity in your space will stay around 50%. The room temperature should ideally be between 65 and 85 degrees. If temperature gets too low or the humidity gets too high your stain drying times will be affected. When woodworking, it is also important to keep some safety precautions in mind. You may prefer to wear safety glasses and gloves to protect your hands when applying stains or finishes. It’s always a good idea to fill an old can

Woodworking: Intro Five Top Plane Types. How To Select & Use

(For more high quality free woodworking videos go to: www.woodtreks.com) – In this video, learn about the most common, and popular, hand planes used by crafts people today. At first glance, the whole subject looks complicated, because there are dozens of major plane types and many different variations within each of those categories. But most accomplished woodworkers agree that there is a core list of planes that any woodworker should consider for their toolbox. In this segment, I introduce and demonstrate how to choose and use five of the more useful handplanes used by contemporary artisans who work with wood. You’ll learn the characteristics and uses of the jack, smooth, rabbit, block, and jointer (try) planes. And you’ll see them put through their paces. Then you decide which planes you should buy or own. (7 Minute Video)
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