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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 05-19-2011 04:56 PM 2115 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2011 04:56 PM

I am headed to Woodcarft this weekend and I am in search of a good shaping rasp. I need a rasp to round over some long curves on chairs parts and I want something that will do the job and hold up over time. Is it possible to find somthing like this at Woodcraft? If I can’t get one there thats fine I will look else where.

If you can attach a link that would be great.


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#1 posted 05-19-2011 05:23 PM

Been using these for the past year, no complaints, they really work

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 05:26 PM

The #49 and #50 raspsare the closest to the old patternmaker’s
rasps. The difference is the randomly-spaced teeth which make
for a finer cut. I use these rasps for shaping guitar necks and furniture
components. The cut is very nice and I from the rasp to light
scraping, then to scraping with razor blades. At that point the
need for sanding is minimal.

The 49 and 50 are costly rasps. You can extend the life of your rasps
by storing them carefully. Files get damaged by being thrown in
a drawer and banging against each other.

I’m not wild about the cut that comes off a regular rasp from Nicolson’s
normal mass-production line. Cuts with these rasps require much more
additional work than the cuts from the patternmaker’s rasps do. The
cut is rougher and requires more finishing.

I also like the Shinto saw rasps and the microplane cutters. The Shinto
is a bit limited on inside curves. They aren’t too expensive and are
very handy. The microplanes don’t, in my experience, stay sharp
for a very long time but they do make a nice and fast cut.

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 05:35 PM

I second the Iwasaki Japanese Carving Files.
Lee Valley also sells them.
I’m a pro and I do a lot of rasping. I’m ordering several more sets of these carving files so I can include them in my field kit, as well as in my studio.

-- 温故知新

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 07:28 PM

What I am looking to do is round over some curved pieces that will go into a chair (leg braces). So it sounds like the Iwaski Japanese Files would work. I am new to this so what is the differnce in the files?

I am looking to shape cherry, walnut, maple.


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#5 posted 05-20-2011 07:15 PM

I guess I third the Iwaski files from Lee Valley. I bought them without a recommendation looking ofr a better rasp and have been delighted them them. The woodcraft look the same but without seeing them i cannot say for sure. IMO the difference is the teeth are much sharper and deeper compared to most rasps I have seen that just have a milled “crosshatch”. They really take off material quickly and cleanly.

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 09:49 PM

My favorite rasp is a four-in-one shoe rasp made by Diamond Tool co. It is about 8” long and has a fine and a course, flat and half round surface. I like it because it’s course teeth are not as course as on some other rasps. Another rasp I like is the cheese grater rasp. It was originally used as a cheese grater, but woodworkers found out about them. They go by the name “micro plane”. If you can’t find one at Woodcraft, check your kitchen supply store. That’s where I bought mine.

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#7 posted 05-22-2011 12:21 AM

Try Jamestown Dist for the Nicholson #49 & #50. They had the best price when I bought mine.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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