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 Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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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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