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Re: General File question
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General File question ()

david weaver

American patterns by coarseness.
Coarse cut, bastard, second, smooth

Single or double cut.

The only other pattern I've used is swiss, and they are graded by number and double cut (I've never used a file that was coasre in swiss pattern, so I can't comment on usefulness for wood).

Old simonds guides recommend a type of file called a "cabinet file" for wood, or a rasp, of course.

I've never seen one.

For reasonable wood removal rate, you want something coarse and double cut, and to refine it, bastard single cut - you can go to sandpaper after that.

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