How to Make Your Own Files





Introduction: How to Make Your Own Files

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

 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

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

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

 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

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

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

Thanks, I hope this will be useful



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

     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..

    Im with you. love 3m spray adhesive.

     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.

     Hello Hades,
    yvw and ty for the reply 


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

     Haha, Resistol..

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

    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.

    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.)


     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