In the manufacture of a metal or wooden product, filing is an activity that removes material from the roughly constructed object to better shape it and give it function. Workers perform this activity using tools such as rasps and files. As each type of file has a different pattern, cut coarseness, and other factors, the products made using them will also vary greatly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when picking up the most appropriate hand files.
Size of the file
The size of the file received depends on finishing the worker would like on their product. Using larger files results in a coarser finish, but they also remove more material. Smaller files remove less material but are better for more refined, smoother finishes. Most files come with a tang for use with a handle, but if the worker doesn't already have one, a file with a handle would be the better choice.
Building the business side
Files come in two primary types: American pattern files and Swiss pattern files. Workers needing to do precise filing work typically use the latter. Both come in multiple coarseness grades--American pattern files, for instance, come in coarse-cut (also called bastard cut), second-cut, and smooth-cut, going from most to least coarse.
Another vital facet of a hand file is its teeth. Different arrangements of teeth are used in different situations. The most commonly seen types are single-cut, double-cut, rasp-cut, and curved-cut teeth. The best cut depends on the intended use--for example, double-cut teeth are used to remove extra material quickly.
The substance of one's work
Some files are manufactured specifically for use with metals, and others for with woods of various kinds. As only specific heat-strengthened files can remove aluminum, copper, and similar materials, it's prudent to ensure that the hand file selected can be used on the workpiece for which it is intended.
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