Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 2
January 2007
From the Archive
Sharpening Skates with a File

Two methods are shown in the sketches for filing skates – one for hollow filing and the other for filing flat and straight across the blade.
Filing a flat surface. Filing a flat surface, side view.
Figs. 1 & 2 - Filing a Flat Surface.

The method shown in Figs. 1 and 2 is for filing the blade flat. The device for holding the skates consists of a board on which four blocks, AA and BB, are nailed. These blocks are fastened on the board in the relative positions of the heel and sole on a shoe. The skates are clamped on them in the same manner as on a shoe. A flat file is drawn across both blades of the skates as shown. After the roundness is cut down on the edges of the blades the skates are removed and the file is drawn along the sides to remove the burr. Skates filed in this way have flat surfaces with sharp edges.

Some skaters like a hollow-ground skate and the method shown in Figs. 3 and 4 can be used for filing a slightly curved surface in the blade. A piece of tin or sheet metal is shaped over a round file as shown in Fig. 3. The manner of filing the curves is shown in Fig. 4. The piece of metal is held over the file and blade of the skate as the file is worked. Metal wrapped around a file.

Filing a curved surface.

Figs. 3 & 4 - Filing a Curved Surface.

Excerpt from The Boy Mechanic Book 1, 1913

Editorís Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1913. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.

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