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Home made reciprocating file

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I have recently had to drill out a seized bolt in my bulkhead.  Not the easiest to get aligned, and, of course, I failed.  Consequently I ended up with a slightly off-centre hole that was not aligned with the axis of the bolt.  So, I was faced with a significant amount of filing with a rat-tail file to recover the original hole dimensions.  I decided that a power file would be a great help.  I believe that these are available in UK, but I've been unable to find one over here, so I decided to make my own.

I already have a reciprocating saw, so I took an old saw blade and a rat tail file and started from there.

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After trimming both and slotting the file I had this,

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and after welding, and tidying the weld, it was far too crappy to show, my new tool was ready for use.

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And it works a treat.  A very good time and effort saver at virtually zero cost.

Mike

 

 

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Very nice, these sorts of  things can save hours and make you feel very good about yourself all at the same time!

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Nice idea...  that's one for the custom tools collection, I'll be "file"ing that idea away :rofl:

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I've uses a (shortened) rat tail file in a drill to speed things up. That worked pretty good as well.

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Escape,

I haven't tried that, but it sounds very interesting.  It's on my to try list the next time I need to enlarge a hole.

Mike

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No way, I was thinking about this the other day while I was filing a partiularly bad stone nick out of a pretty new chainsaw chain while the reciprocating air saw sat on the bench. Looks like it worked a treat.

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