May 30, 2008, Newsletter Issue #78: The File Set

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A growing tool kit for woodworking should eventually include a file set. These hand tools have a variety of uses and very colorful names. A good starter file set will include a "Mill Bastard" which is good for sharpening bladed tools in your kit. The "Round Bastard" is good for smoothing openings or making them wider, and the "Slim Taper" is often used to smooth out corners. Additional files include the "Square Bastard" for keyways or slotted sections, and the "Half Round Bastard" which can be used on curved or flat surfaces. You can get all of these "bastards" grouped in kits of three or six files, which is excellent for a start. These files also come in mini versions for smaller projects.

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