Handle for a file…

I decided to use some of the thicker birch branches I trimmed from one of the trees that was getting to friendly with the deck back in early September.

I’ve had a Nicholson bastard mill file (my one and only file besides my micro hobby files) in the toolchest for a year and a half now and haven’t gotten around to getting a handle for it yet.  See where this is going?


I used the new bench hooks to cut the branch (about 2″ thick) around 5″ long.  Then I used a utility knife to slice off all the bark and started to whittle.

This birch felt great in my hands and the wood was  very easy to whittle.  In only a few minutes I had a nice shape.  This was 2 days ago.

Today, I went back out there, chucked up a drill bit a little smaller than the tang on the file and drilled a hole.  Then I pounded the tang home.


After a quick once over with some 220 grit sandpaper, I have a nice handle for my file, made from a branch I harvested on my own land.  How cool is that?


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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2 Responses to Handle for a file…

  1. David says:

    I do believe you are getting the hang of this woodworking thing.

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