Woodworking and metalworking require a variety of hand tools, and files are must-haves for many projects. If you’re a company and looking for your first file set an order or need a speciality file for completing a certain task, SafeMed Industry has top-rated products to suit your needs.
A basic understanding of a file’s parts can help you better interpret directions for DIY projects and compare different types of metal and wood files. Here are the parts that you need to know:
Point: The tip of a file that is on the opposite end of the handle once assembled.
Tang: The pointed end of a file that secures the file into the handle.
Heel: The base of the file is just above the tang.
Belly: The body of the file that runs from the point to the heel.
When comparing the length of the files, the measurement refers to the distance from the point to the heel. It doesn’t include the length of the tang.
Knowing the difference between different types of files makes selecting the right one for your needs much simpler. Some of the most common files include:
Single cut: A file with diagonal cuts that run parallel to one another, commonly used for precision work.
Double cut: A file with two series of cuts that meet at a right angle, good for quickly removing wood.
Woodchuck: A combination tool that functions as a chisel and a wood file.
Mill file: A two-sided flat file used for sharpening blades on saws and other tools.
Needle file: A small file available in various shapes, commonly used for fine detail work like enlarging holes in beads or engraving.
Thread repair file: A metalworking file with a very coarse texture that can repair or restore worn threads on nuts, bolts, and screws.
When ordering for wood files, you’ll typically need to choose two components: the handle and the file itself. As you compare handle options, pay attention to the size, as it determines what file attachments you can add. Some speciality handles allow you to interchange files and hand saw blades for added versatility.
You’ll need to consider your project’s specifications to choose the right wood file. Buying a set may be the best solution for beginners hoping to take up woodworking as a hobby. Sets give you multiple files and a range of options for each job. You can also find sets that include a handle.
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