Woodsmith Tips

Keep ’em Sharp — Files: Care and Cleaning

Keeping files cutting fast and sharp is easy. Files are tough, simple tools. But that doesn’t mean you should store them in a coffee can.

File Care

Start by storing them so they can’t bang around. The rack you see in the photo keeps each one separate and easy to grab.

Next, a file card with nylon and metal bristles will help keep your files clean and free of buildup (wood shavings attract moisture and lead to rust).

For metal working files, I go an extra step and rub chalk along the teeth before use. This prevents the metal shavings from getting packed into the teeth.

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