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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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An Exceptioinal Hand-Cut Rasp Alternative

An Exceptioinal Hand-Cut Rasp Alternative

12-23-2016 02:35 AM by BigRedKnothead | 11 comments »

Most woodworkers have heard of the qualites of hand cut/stiched rasps. They’re not the same animal as the machine-made buggers. But, like anything hand-made….Auriou, Liogier, Gramercy, those babies are expensive. Well, those crazy Italians came up with another option. What if you could use CNC technology to imitate the hand cur rasp? Well, they’ve done it. The Corradi company makes all kinds of files and rasps, but they call this their”Gold”line. You can re...

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Finish Denibber Does a Great Job

Finish Denibber Does a Great Job

10-21-2017 12:40 AM by TungOil | 8 comments »

I was speaking recently with a professional refinisher, lamenting about how I always end up with some dust nibs in my sprayed finish no matter how careful I am. He told me about this very interesting tool – The Konig Metal Planer – that he uses to remove nibs. This tool is essentially a short section from a wide float mounted in a phenolic body such that it works much like a hand plane. The tool comes in a protective leather ‘wrap’ that attaches easily with velcro...

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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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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 difference between great and GREAT

The difference between great and GREAT

03-14-2013 01:33 AM by Ben | 27 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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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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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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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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Fine finish Rasp alternative

Fine finish Rasp alternative

11-10-2017 02:04 AM by TheTurtleCarpenter | 9 comments »

I bought these files after a little searching for more shapes and sizes of the Nicholson Plasti-Cut file that I had come across (top right file w/red handle). The Nicholson has been a go to for awhile in the shop and I found these Japanese files @Lee Valley so I thought I would order 1 of each cut grade and order more as I needed. The files all work great and are worth the price especially compared to hand cut modeler rasp. They all leave a glass finish but can be aggressive also. ...

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