What’s in a File Handle?

Last week I tried a new file handle for sharpening my chainsaw.  I didn’t like it.  The handle was flat and I held the file only one way because it felt ‘right’.  I ended up filing every tooth with the same part of the file and quickly dulled the it.

Chainsaw Sharpening File Handles
The blue file handle on the left is not recommended for chainsaw teeth.  Because of the oblong shape you hold the file one way and quickly dull it.

I like big fat round file handles for chainsaw teeth.  I grip narrow file handles too tightly.  The tighter I grip the quicker my hand tires.

My preferred file handle is the Oregon file handle in the picture above.  It’s the fattest I can find.

A few years back I got a deal on Pferd wooden file handles.  They’re a little skinny for my taste but I use them because I don’t want to waste money.

File Handle Box
My file handle collection. I’ve tried many searching for the best handle and I like Oregon wood file handles the best.

I prefer wooden file handles because I like how they feel in my hands compared to slippery plastic.

Garage Organization Strategies

Last Sunday I spent most of the day organizing my garage.  I can’t say it was very messy but I felt a need to improve my garage organization strategies.

A garage is never done being organized.  As time passes interests change, tools are purchased and efficiency increases.

Every six months to a year I have an idea that makes my workflow more efficient and more enjoyable.  I usually stew on the idea a month or two before taking action.  Today I took action.

My goal was to clean out the power tools I store under my workbench and make space for tools I use more often.  Tools like my Makita Portable Metal Cut Off SawMilwaukee Deep Cut Bandsaw and Lincoln Wire Feed Welder went to the basement.

I cleaned the tools and their cases before putting the them in storage.  Years of occasional use left the tools dirty and cases filled with debris.

I’m going to put a Wire Rack Shelving Unit with Wheels in my basement for occasionally used tools.  I saw a similar unit at Costco a few weeks ago.

My garage is the result of 16 years of effort and a continual work in progress.

First I built a workbench in the corner, then I installed peg board above the workbench, then I wired the garage with plugs, then I got a shelving and bins for small parts, then I ran hard air lines, then I installed heating over my workbench.  You get the idea.

Here’s where my garage is today.

Garage Organization Strategies

Fist I cleared out seldom used electric tools under the workbench.

Air and Electric Tool Storage
The bottom shelf of my workbench is temporarily empty. It used to be full of electric tools. I’ll use the top shelf to store commonly used electric and air tools.

The top left shelf of my work bench holds lock nuts, washers, grease fittings, pan head screws and more. The black box on the right holds drill bits and drill accessories.

The bins on the lower shelf are a new. The bin on the right holds equipment directions, the middle bin holds rags and on the bin on the left holds towels.

Small Fastener Shelf
The top shelf is where I store miscellaneous fasteners.  The larg bins on the bottom hold equipment directions, rags and towels.

I bought a Nut and Bolt Assortment almost 30 years ago.  I don’t reach into it often but when I do it saves me a ton of time and frustration.

Nut and Bolt Center
My nut and bolt center.  It saves a ton of trips to the hardware store.

Next to the nut and bolt center is my pry bar assortment and gasket scrapers.  I admit those tools are unused but I look forward to getting them dirty.

My grease gun is hanging on the wall in plain sight and easy to reach.

Prybars hanging on wall
The pry bars and gasket scrapers are to the left of the nut and bolt center.

Left of the grease gun is my clipboard.  It has it’s own spot so I can easily find it.

My clipboard hangs in it’s spot.

I placed my 1/2″ torque wrench on my peg board so I know where to look when I need it.

Torque Wrench Section
1/4, 3/8 and 1/2″ drive torque wrenches.

I bought a Klein Tools T-Handle Torx Set to repair my Stihl 066 chainsaw and mounted it on the shelf above my workbench.  Those T-Handle Allen Wrench Sets are at least 25 years old.

Allen Wrenches and Torx Wrench Sets
T-Handle Torx and Allen Head Wrench Sets.
Artsy Shot Cans of Lubricants
It’s handy to have a shelf over the workbench to store lubricants, degreasers etc. If I had that stuff on the work bench I’d knock it over while working on projects.

Since this is SawsandSplitters.com here’s a nice shot of my 036, 046, and 066 chainsaw sitting on the floor waiting to be maintained.  My son walked into the garage and said I need to get an 056 to complete the set.  Does Stihl make an 056?

Stihl 036 046 and 066
Stihl 036, 046 and 066.

Thanks for listening to my garage organization strategies.

How do you keep your garage organized?

Frosty Log

This morning during my morning walk around the wood cutting area I noticed frost growing out of the kerfs of a log.

Frosty Log

That’s red maple (Acer rubrum).  Two days ago, when I cut the log, the temperature was in the forties °F.  This morning it’s in the teens °F.  When the water left the log it immediately froze.