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Forum topic by JSilverman posted 03-31-2011 04:30 PM 1393 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2011 04:30 PM

I just received a new Auriou cabinetmaker’s rasp. Unfortunately I mistakenly got a left-handed rasp instead of a right-handed rasp (I am right handed). Before I return this tool (bought mail order from Lee-Valley) I am wondering if it makes a big enough difference – that is will I notice it when using it- to warrant returning it?

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#1 posted 03-31-2011 06:25 PM

Interesting question!

If you’re doing something like Maloof work, I would think it would be quite nice to have both.

The Google stuff I read was the stitiching was at a slight angle, so it may be such a small set that you’ll intuitively adapt to it.

If it seems to be leading you astray, buy the mirror image. And be sure you display them prominently in you shop! Impressive!



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#2 posted 03-31-2011 06:37 PM

I cant answer your question but I wanted to reply and say that I just learned something today. I learned that they make rasp both right and left handed. I had no clue.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 12:04 AM

I would say there must be a difference and it must matter or they wouldn’t give you the option. Anyhow, at that price, it matters! :-)

I’m left-handed and I’ve spent 50 yrs living in a right-handed world so I can’t wait to get one of these and try it out.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 12:27 AM

Thanks for the replies. I also got a reply from Lee Valley; they also think it would make a signifcant difference so I am returning the LH rasp for a RH rasp… I am anxious to see if this rasp is as good as its reputation.


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#5 posted 04-02-2015 01:05 PM

Thank you sincerely for this post. I, likewise, had no idea there was/is a difference. One of my next hand tools is to be a rasp, so I’ll be cautious if I find one locally, else I’ll buy a new one. I suppose the stitching angle will give me a clue? Also did you purchase an eight or ten grain 10” model?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 03:50 PM

I have a 10 grain… actually I now also have a 7” modelers 15 grain (I think). I love using these rasps. They get the job done cut nicely and the surface they leave is pretty good.

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#7 posted 04-02-2015 08:03 PM

I’m somewhat ambidextrous so I guess I need both LH and RH.

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