Huchins Speed file and Hookit sanding aids

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Review by rimfire7891 posted 08-24-2010 06:05 AM 3425 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are a few tools that I have grown to love and really wouldn’t want to be without.
The Huchins speed file is one tool that I reach for pretty well every time I’m in the shop. From buffing off a rough edge on a 2×4 to fine sanding before using finer grits. They are extensively used in the auto body shop world and are available from auto body supply shops. Had mine for 20 years at least. With the raised handle it keeps your hands away from the wood so you are less likely to get splinters. I use 3” wide roll paper, however it is sized to take 11” long pieces so you can cut standard sheets into 3 strips. I can’t say enough good things about this simple tool. If you sand you need one of these.
Huchins makes quite a variety of sanding products.Check out the web site for more info.
The AF11 5504 comes with clips for about $23.00 or with velcro for $25.00 from

The other aids are a 3M product Hookit soft hand pad the take a standard 5” diameter hook and loop discs. The thick ones are great for sanding larger flat surfaces. the thin ones bend to go round curves and into corners. Very useful for all types of sanding, they also work well on the lathe. I have had one pair of these for about 15 years and they have stood up well. I got them from Japan Woodworker in Alameda. If I remember correctly they where about $10 each TPC also has the Hookit pads however they only have the 6 ” diameter that I could see.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 06:01 PM

This looks like a smart and simple hand tool that can’t go wrong, especially when the power goes out! Light a candle and you’re still in business.

We recently suffered a 3 day power outage from a horrendous storm and although there’s a window in the basement it’s a bit dark and the power tools can only cause bruises & cuts while you bang into them. We do have hand tools but didn’t want to get hot & sweaty without a means of cooling down during a 95F+ degree heatwave, but tools like this would work well in cooler weather.

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