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chainsaw files

Postby arth » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:10 pm

I have some worn out chainsaw files, anyone got ideas that I could make out of them?
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Re: chainsaw files

Postby goldsmithexile » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:52 pm

hook knife, crook knife, detail carving knife, fire steel?
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Re: chainsaw files

Postby FGYT » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:02 pm

scribers is what i usually end up with :D or small center punches

but Im more a metal work person :shock:


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Re: chainsaw files

Postby Paul Thornton 2sheds » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:45 pm

now i rarely look at this bit of the forum. i will from now on.

it is actually feasible to forge something useful from old chainsaw files? really. i generally have loads of exhausted chainsaw file rolling round the tub of the truck and i had been wondering.

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Re: chainsaw files

Postby JonnyP » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:52 pm

2sheds wrote:now i rarely look at this bit of the forum. i will from now on.

it is actually feasible to forge something useful from old chainsaw files? really. i generally have loads of exhausted chainsaw file rolling round the tub of the truck and i had been wondering.

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Not just the files, but old chainsaw chains can be made into interesting things.. I have seen knives made by a blacksmith out of old chainsaw chains. The chains have different metals in them, and when forged by someone with the know how it comes out with a patterning similar to Damascus steel. Very nice..
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Re: chainsaw bars

Postby gtwilkins » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:37 am

G'day,

The worn out bars are excellent steel for making knives and larger edged tools like bill hooks and machetes.

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Re: chainsaw files

Postby jrccaim » Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:27 am

To goldmithinexile's list let me add smallish chisels, smallish gouges, cold chisels, stoneworking stuff (see Weyger's book), punches of all sorts, garden tools (small weeder hooks for example). Hmmm, I never seem to get around to Heretic's corner. Got to remedy that. Anyway, file steel is really good stuff. It is automatically hardenable and temperable, else it wouldn't be a file in the first place. Just be sure you get rid of the teeth, with a grinder after annealing. The teeth weaken the steel (as I have found to my cost). I really recommend getting Weyger's book ( The Complete Modern Blacksmith). It will give you a new outlook on scrap metal.
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