File Handles

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Project by socrbent posted 05-03-2020 02:52 PM 858 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Turned these 3 file handles during some of the extra shop time I’ve had recently. The two smaller are made of cherry and the larger one is oak. They were inspired by an ancient very weathered one that was on the larger file. The collars are simply sections of 1/2” copper pipe joints. The biggest challenge was creating the sockets for the file tangs. The tang on the larger file is very long and is actually well seated in the handle.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 05-03-2020 03:28 PM

They look good! I had the same idea with the copper pipe, good to keep any 1/2” & 3/4” pieces just for this purpose.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 05-03-2020 03:28 PM

Nice job. I too have been doing similar projects such as these. Over the years my file handles are all different, small files small handles, large files large handles. When I was working, the crew lost screw drivers and only had handles left. These are the kind that the driver is reversible from flat to Phillips. Those make the best file handles. Fill with 5 min epoxy and shove in the file-done. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#3 posted 05-03-2020 03:45 PM

Nice, I have to make 1 or maybe some soon?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-03-2020 08:43 PM

They look great, any thoughts on turning some out to sell?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 05-04-2020 03:51 PM

Thanks guys – these are way more comfortable to use than a bare tang. Not interested in making for sale as I spent way to much time fitting each tang.

-- socrbent Ohio

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 05-04-2020 08:35 PM

Very creative Socrbert.
Are the copper collars friction fitted?
Did you drill the holes for the tangs?

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 05-04-2020 11:24 PM

Thanks James. Collars were snug fit with small amount of epoxy to hold in place. The holes were drilled, then shaped with files and chisels. Final hole shape was closely matched tang. Jam fit.

-- socrbent Ohio

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