Use a corn-cob as a file handle.
Apparently this is not new, but when I saw it I still figuratively kicked myself for spending time making wooden handles in the past--time that I could have spent building guitars or furniture.
|This is a logical extension of using a wood species appropriate for the task.|
- Eat tasty corn on the cob
- Remove the fuzzy kernel remnants by flailing with a vegetable peeler and rinsing.
- Let the cob dry for a couple of days
- Lop of the length you need with a knife and mallet
- Stab it with a file tang.
- Take it apart long enough to slather some oil in there, figuring it might prevent rust from any remaining corn-juice.
- Get back to working on other projects without a pointy bit of steel poking your hand.
This may be seven steps, but it feels like 2. Maybe you can start tomorrow--corn goes well with patriotism and colorful explosions.