Introduction: How to Make Your Own Files

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Hi, this is my first instructable, I hope to do more in future.

Well, basically my instructable is about how to easily make your own files that can be used for craft work or to the nail care.

In my case i built my own files to work on the modificacion of a computer mouse. Needless to say that it is extremely cheap make your own at home.

Step 1: First-Materials and Tools

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 Materials we needed

- Tongue depressor (wood) $ 0.70/25pc
- Sandpaper (diferent grits) $ 1.00/sheet
- White Glue $ 2.00  / 4oz


- Pencil
- Cutter or scissors
- Clamps

Step 2: Second-Marking

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First place our tounge depressor on the back of the sandpaper, then with help of a pencil mark the outline of the depressor.

Step 3: Third-Gluing

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Now put some glue on the area you marked on the sandpaper and scatter with the same tongue depressor (or finger), then put the tongue depressor on paper with glue and push to get for the excess glue out.

Step 4: Fourth-Clamping

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 To make things easier and to better fit our work we will help with the use of clamps to press, to put it another tongue depressor on the opposite side of the sandpaper an then put our clamps, and leave it for about 20 or 30 minutes and can remove the clamps.

Step 5: Fifth-Cutting and Finishing

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Now with the help of a scissors or cutter cut the excess sandpaper, use the line marked above.

And finally the end product, we have our own homemade file.

Step 6: The Use

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Here is a small part of how i use these files.

Thanks, I hope this will be useful


carriellbee. (author)2014-11-21

This is a great idea. Thank you. I would also like to see what you did with that mouse...

crash landing (author)2010-04-23

 good idea...another way to stick the sandpaper could be to use a spray adhesive on the back of the sandpaper and lay out as many sticks as you have on that. mass production mode..

HubertF (author)crash landing2011-02-28

Im with you. love 3m spray adhesive.

Hades1280 (author)crash landing2010-04-24

 Yes very well, great idea crash ;P

This instructable is for all of you, this guide is just a base, you can do anything to improve it.

Thanks for the tip.

crash landing (author)Hades12802010-04-25

 Hello Hades,
yvw and ty for the reply 


chuckr44 (author)2010-07-20

This would be a great idea to make a portable knife sharpener with a very fine grit of sandpaper, to make a razor edge.

LittleWolf (author)2010-04-27

 Haha, Resistol..

Todavia me acuerdo como me comia esa misma marca de resistol en el kinder.

Ninzerbean (author)2010-04-17

How about putting the glue on the tongue depressor instead of tracing around it on the sandpaper to know where to put the glue, saves a step. Great idea for an 'ible.

lemonie (author)2010-04-15

Simple yet very good. As you seem to have pictured nail-files / boards you should add some tags to that effect (women look here too).
Did you use emery paper? (I believe it's corundum rather than quartz.)


Hades1280 (author)lemonie2010-04-15

 thanks lemoine, i use automotive sandpaper (work on wet or dry), which is widely used for sanding automotive paints, lacquer, varnish, etc. But you can use any kind of sand or emery paper, depends the use you want

lemonie (author)Hades12802010-04-16

Wet & dry, yes that'd be it.


mdog93 (author)2010-04-15

the correct terminology in english is 'lolly pop sticks' not tongue decompressor, unless they are something that i am not aware of

scoochmaroo (author)mdog932010-04-15

I think tongue depressors are wider than lollipop sticks :)

nukelhed (author)scoochmaroo2010-04-15

Lollipop sticks are generally round. Popsicle sticks are flat wooden, but you are right they are smaller. Tongue depressors are what the docs use to hold your tongue down while you say "ahhh".

This is a cool idea. I have stolen emery boards from the girlfriend for various uses before, but this way you could pick and choose the grit.

mdog93 (author)nukelhed2010-04-16

I mean lollipop in the terms of an ice lolli, in Britain we don't call them popsicles we call them ice lollies

mdog93 (author)scoochmaroo2010-04-16

Ohh, I presumed it was just a dodgy translation or something since i didn't think they even existed

bertus52x11 (author)2010-04-16

I like it!

berky93 (author)2010-04-15

that picture in the end, is that custom mouse housing or are you just modifying one?

besttarzan (author)2010-04-15

Good Instructable! I really like the way you built this.

Hades1280 (author)besttarzan2010-04-15

besttarzan thank you very much, you're  amazing.

really thanks.

laxap (author)2010-04-15

Well-made Instructable. Clear, concise and well illustrated.

I remember having made sandpaper files as a kid when I was very active building RC planes. Making tools yields a great satisfaction.

A tip (learned from my teacher):
to cut sandpaper, instead of a knife or scissors (which would get unsharpened), you can use a needle (which would get sharpened).

Hades1280 (author)laxap2010-04-15

thank you very much, your advise will apply soon XD.

Hades1280 (author)2010-04-15

 thanks guys, you have the reason nukelhed.

the tongue depressors are for medical use, and are more wide than a popsicle stick.

theRIAA (author)2010-04-15

nicely done, useful.

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