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How to use a surform file

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A guide on how to use a surform file A surform file is very easy to use. Simply complete the following steps and once the technique has been mastered, a user should be able to rapidly shape a workpiece.
Check the blade before beginning

Step 1 – Check blade

Before you begin shaving and shaping, you should check whether your blade is set to cut on the pull or push stroke. Some surform files allow the blade to be reversed, meaning it can be installed for use either way.

Direction of the teeth on a surform file If the ‘teeth’ of the blade are pointing away from the handle, the tool will cut on the push stroke, as the file is thrust away from your body. This is the most common way of using a surform file.

Alternatively, if the ‘teeth’ are pointing towards the handle, then the surform file will cut on the pull stroke, as you pull the tool towards your body.

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Grip the surform file handle comfortably

Step 2 – Grip handle

Grip the handle of the surform file, making sure it is in a comfortable position.

Start shaving with the surform file

Step 3 – Start shaping

Place the blade of the surform file on to the area to be worked upon. Assuming that the blade is installed to be used on a push stroke, begin shaving the material off by gently pushing the file across the surface.

Repeat the push strokes until the desired surface has been formed Repeat this step until the surface of your workpiece has been formed into the desired shape.
Use a fine wire brush to clean the blade in between strokes

Step 4 – Clean blade

You may need to clean the blade at some point in between strokes, as the repeated use of the tool can lead to the blade clogging up.

Simply use a fine wire brush to remove any material wastage from the blade.