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Shape and grind with metal files from Sears

Metal files shape woodworking pieces, remove rust and adhesives, and are used to sharpen a variety of tools. Since no file does all these tasks well, you may want to start with a set of metal files. Full-size sets from Craftsman and Nicholson feature flat, half-round and round files to cover the bases. Various widths and cuts are included. Speedhex metal file sets come with one handle and three to seven files that can be quickly switched. For more precise work, you may want to consider sets of needle files from Gyros or Coopertools. They do an excellent job of sharpening blades for chain saws and table saws.

Bench brushes also work well for removing rust and other materials, and you've got two options. Handheld wire brushes are affordable, and they're also very portable. They work very well for removing rust from tools or loose paint from wood structures. Sets of three have one brush each with coarse, medium or fine bristles. Wheel brushes that fit on bench grinders and drills are your second option for bench brushes. Grobet mounted end brushes are made in all common sizes and bristle lengths. Mandrel brushes fit into a chuck while arbor hole brushes are secured with a nut. Those that fit into a drill chuck can be used on auto bodies and other large metal surfaces.

Woodworking chisels come in sets with chisels of different widths ranging from 1/4 in. to 1 1/2 in. You'll find a variety of sets at different quality levels to fit your purposes and budget. Affordable sets from Greenlee or Speedhex are a good choice for getting started. Quality sets of chisels from Craftsman and Stanley provide greater durability and precision. Robert Sorby chisels are among the finest available anywhere. They are preferred by woodworkers who take their craft seriously.

If you enjoy leatherworking, you may be in the market for a set of leather punches. Those like the Neiko leather punch have several punches of different diameters on a rotating head, and they work like a paper punch. More traditional sets of leather punches feature individual tools that are used with a hammer. Craftsman, Fowler and Trademark Tools make good-quality punch sets suitable for most hobbyists. Top-quality leather punches from Mayhew and OTC are made from brass. Many of the sets come in a convenient tabletop rack that keeps them organized and handy.

You can depend on us for the tools you use at home, in the workshop or on the job. It's easy to find sets at the level of quality and price that's right for you. Order the tools on your list today, and they'll soon be at your door.

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