A wood file, or several of them in various sizes, is handy to use. Often times a metal file that has grown too dull for metal work can still serve out a nice lifetime as a wood file. In case you are looking to have a new file that works well in several situations, Robert Lang at Popular Woodworking has posted a nice article about using a common “plastic laminate file” as a wood file. He is right on target from the frugal woodworking side of things. The plastic laminate file is:
- has a coarse side
- has a fine side
- 1 safe edge – so you can file up against an edge (like a tenon shoulder) without damaging the adjacent face
- a molded handle (as opposed to a tang that you have to purchase or make a handle for)
- a hole for hanging
- Of a length that is long enough to be effective. (Use long strokes, just like when using a hand saw.)
None of the woodworking stores seem to carry them. You can find laminate files at Amazon or Bob recommends looking in the big box stores back by where the sheets of laminate are held.