Hand stitched wood rasps.

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Blog entry by CV3 posted 11-26-2021 09:02 PM 626 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On another forum we have been having a discussion about wood rasps. I have used rasps for many years for shaping handles and clean up on canes and walking sticks . Until last year all my rasps were regular machined made repeating pattern teeth and while they did the job there was always alot of sanding to remove the file marks. I had heard of hand made hand stitched rasps. But I had never used one I had just seen the price. I finally decided to invest in one. It was “Auriou” cabinet makers rasp. And it was a investment and but worth it. I had spent more money on tools that were a big disappointment and I was afraid this may have been one of those buys. It wasn’t. I got a second combination rasp with 2 grains sizes, one on each side not long after I got my first Auriou rasp.. They cut smother and faster than my older files and it is less work to shape with them. There are some youtubes showing how they are made. You will understand the price when you see the time it takes to stitich the surface of the file. becouse the teeth are off set from one another the cuts are smoother. and with the fine grit #13 a light sanding usually takes care of any file marks. There are a number of makers of hand stitich rasp makers. I can only share about the Auriou. With the woodworks on here I am sure there are others who can share their thoughts on rasps they have used.

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#1 posted 11-27-2021 04:47 PM

I have heard that the hand stitched ones are great. I watched two videos on making them and am surprised at the lack of technology or modern equipment. The actual hand stitching is impressive. If someone wanted, the hand stitching probably could be replicated with numerically controlled equipment.

As much as I would like to have one, I can not justify the cost.

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#2 posted 11-27-2021 05:24 PM

yeah i invested in a couple when i made my rocker,it was well worth the money for a tool of that quality.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 11-27-2021 06:56 PM

I used Kutzall rasps on my Maloof Rocker.

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