Surform instead of a flat rasp?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-24-2012 08:15 PM 1430 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2012 08:15 PM

I have a Nicholson half-round rasp that works fine, but I need a flat rasp, too. I can’t find a flat rasp at the usual home centers or even some of the specialty stores.

Why are inexpensive flat rasps so hard to find? (I know I can buy a fancy, hand-stitched rasp for the price of three tanks of gas, but I prefer driving to work over walking.)

Will a long surform do a decent job in place of a flat rasp (especially on end-grain)?

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 08:37 PM

Try a Microplane or an Iwasaki rasp.

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 08:40 PM

I’ve just about gone to microplanes completely. They take off the wood at a predictable rate, don’t clog as easily, and are lighter to use. Got a drawer full of rasps and files…

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 09:13 PM

Do microplanes require that the cutting surface be replaced periodically (as with a Surform)?

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 10:49 PM

I use these from Lee Valley. I real happy with how they work.,42524&p=63451

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 11:28 PM

A surform is cheap so just try it. I think they are intended for softer materials like bondo or plaster (sculptors) but on soft wood, maybe.

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#6 posted 08-25-2012 03:11 PM

I really like the Shinto Rasps. They are pretty aggressive but they do leave a pretty good finish. There is one plane style with an offset handle and a straight style. Coarse on one side and “not so coarse” on the other.

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#7 posted 08-25-2012 03:52 PM

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