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The difference between great and GREAT

The difference between great and GREAT

03-14-2013 01:33 AM by Ben | 26 comments »

Both lie-Nielsen(picture 1&2) and Lee Valley(picture 3) sell auriou’s rasps. I bought one from each company just to see what the difference is between the handles those companies provide with the rasps. While both handles are comfortable, the maple handle from Lie-Nielsen is a joy to hold. I didn’t think there would be much of a difference, but the handles from Lee Valley don’t have quite the same level of fit and finish and they are a little more tiring to use. Lie-Ni...

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Liogier Joinery Float

Liogier Joinery Float

02-26-2013 01:09 PM by rdwile | 9 comments »

I was asked a few months back to review a new tool for Liogier rasps from France. They were thinking of starting a line of joinery floats and wanted the opinions of some users to refine the product before offering it for sale. I am pleased to see some of my feedback was incorporated into the final design which is now available for sale. These tools were very popular in days of yore, I think the reason is that they are so easy to use, modern woodworkers do not commonly use these, I think...

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How I finally got a handle on tanged tools.

How I finally got a handle on tanged tools.

02-10-2013 03:54 AM by Brad | 13 comments »

When I first got into sharpening my own saws, I crafted file handles out of wood scraps. The unshaped, rectangle wood pieces dug into my hand and didn’t allow for much filing finesse. Next I tried making handles out of thick lengths of oak dowel rods. Better, but it didn’t feel comfy in my hand. So next, I applied my drawknife, spokeshave, rasps, files and sandpaper to a large circular piece of wood (a former curtain rod), down to a handle-looking thingy. That worked ok, ...

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SE 10 High Speed Black Carbon Rasp Burr Wood Working Rotary

SE 10 High Speed Black Carbon Rasp Burr Wood Working Rotary

12-02-2012 05:48 PM by RussellAP | 1 comment »

These are very small, only about an inch or two. They can be used in a drill press or a cordless drill. These shaper rasps are really nice if you work with some free hand woodworking. They are great for matching up round surfaces, they don’t tear your work out either. Very good buy and as important as a good set of chisels. Strongly recommend especially at the price amazon has of under 10$. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339ECVS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

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The Diamond Farrier Rasp

The Diamond Farrier Rasp

02-27-2012 12:33 AM by Dave | 31 comments »

I love to use my rasp and found that you can get these at most county co-op stores for around $20. They are large and will remove a lot of wood rapidly. I use them mostly to fine-tune my tenons. They are wide enough to be able to keep the tenon square. They are made in Brazil. (Wow a product that is not from China) I have a few bastard files and I have a tendency to file a dip in the subject matter. This horse fingernail file is heavy and flat. For some reason I can keep a better edge with it...

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The rasps that do what I always assumed rasps should do

The rasps that do what I always assumed rasps should do

05-18-2011 12:25 AM by moshel | 14 comments »

After trying almost every kind of file I can locally source here (mostly metal files, but also some Bacho and Nicolson) and being very disappointed with the results i got, I ordered these from toolsfromjapan.com. These files are different. very different. instead of having solid steel “blade” with sharp bits punched or machined on it, they look like a lacework of razor sharp saw blades. because of the openings between the blades, they will not clog, even on the most difficult t...

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Harbor Freight Air File

Harbor Freight Air File

12-23-2010 10:27 PM by Raymond | 5 comments »

I recently purchased the Harbor Freight Air File. This thing works like a charm. A little heavy but works great, the online specs state 8.5 cfm, however the manual states 4.0 cfm. Harbor Freight is forever getting the specs wrong on there stuff. “Always check the manual, never rely on the online specs”. The files included are surprisingly of good quality. The tool requires the files to have a tang of ¼ inch. This little gem is very quiet, and no vibration. And for 17.99 again how could I go w...

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Rarely needed yet useful

Rarely needed yet useful

02-07-2009 08:27 AM by JuniorJoiner | 6 comments »

I have had a set of the Lie-Nielsen Joinery floats for a few months now, and unbelievably i have even found uses for them.When i first saw these tools advertised on their site, I actually called my wife over , and showed her. Not from amazement or anything like that, but to tell her to never get them for me. Apparently she pays as much attention as i would to her new shoes, because just short weeks later they arrived. Smiling and being thankful, I put them all in the tool roll, and tossed ...

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Auriou Cabinet Files

Auriou Cabinet Files

03-01-2008 08:15 AM by mjon | 4 comments »

If it’s possible to get excited about a simple and ancient tool, these little handmade French cabinet files have me giddy. Generally, files are nothing to get too thrilled about—but the quality of these files is exceptional from the moment you pick one up. The balance is remarkable and the handle is smaller than any I’ve ever used. As a result, they fit in your hand comfortably. When I say the files are handmade, that is to say they are actually hand-punched. They have ...

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Nice rasp but I wouldn't call it a chisel

Nice rasp but I wouldn't call it a chisel

02-29-2008 04:15 PM by kshipp | 1 comment »

I got this mainly as a rasp and it performs really well as that. It removes material quickly and has the flat and rounded sides depending on what you need at the time. It also has a file on the side which I haven’t really used yet but I’m sure it would come in handy at some point. The problem is they say this device is also a chisel and it even comes with the protective end cap. I could understand if they called this a screwdriver but not a chisel. Out of the box it was not ...

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