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?