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Project by kiefer posted 07-03-2014 06:47 PM 2500 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have files and rasps that don’t work all that well and the very good ones are not in the budget so I thought I make one from wood with a replaceable sandpaper covering that can be changed to different grits . For this one I used a 80 grit cloth back disc which is self adhesive and it works great but for a more rasp like version I will likely use a 36 grit and use spray adhesive to fasten it . While I was at it I made a little fancy handle rather then just use it with a shaped end on the maple strip that I used . So Far I like it and it workes as well or better than a file and if it stands up I will likely make a complete set .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 07:09 PM

Another Cool Tool from one of my favorite woodworking buddies! Kiefer you have an open mind when it comes to making practical shop tools. It’s a simple tool but we all know how useful this tool can be!
Nice work once again!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 07:47 PM

I have files and rasps galore, from huge farrier’s rasps down to needle sized diamond files, but I still use lots of sanding sticks, too. But, mine are nothing like yours. Mine tend to be an ad hoc mix of sand papers fixed to paint stirrers, yard sticks, popsicle sticks, and tongue depressors.

Yours is beautiful.

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 08:26 PM

I love your philosophy of woodworking ”...the very good ones are not in the budget so I thought I make one from wood…”! On top of that you make them beautiful! Great job and another favorite!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 09:37 PM

Very interesting. Might have to try this.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 09:37 PM

Another innovative tool—cool. And, this can be used with finer grits to smooth the finished piece. Nice organic handle to boot.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 12:12 AM

Nice handles, makes me wish I used more sandpaper, going to need a lesson in doing those inlays on the handles.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 02:22 AM

Cool design. I have been unimpressed by bargain files and the expensive ones are just so expensive. This is a good idea.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 07-04-2014 05:35 AM

I recently made something similar but your’s are waaay fancier. Nice work!

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 09:03 AM

Another beautiful shop made tool Klaus, and a great idea to use very coarse grits to get a decent rasp. I’m sure you will be using this one a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-04-2014 09:34 AM

a well-crafted good idea.
Yesterday I was cleaning up half-lap joints (pre-assembly) using a coarse paper glued to MDF blocks.
Your version is way better,
a set of these in different grits would be ideal, and inexpensive.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 12:19 PM

Brilliant idea Klaus! I can use the idea now. It will just take me 10 years to develop the skill to make a handle like that. What a beauty.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 12:38 PM

Great idea.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 03:00 PM

I’m definitely going to try this.

If I could make a suggestion, I’ve found the Japanese style sawtooth rasps to be very economical and effective. I have a shinto rasp. It’s terrific for extreme (coarse side) and moderate (fine side) stock removal. It never clogs and once you figure out the proper stroke and techniques it’s a wonderful tool.

However for final clean up I am forced to use my sub par fine cut rasps or get hand cramps sanding. This tool will be perfect.


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#14 posted 07-05-2014 04:38 AM

Great ideal, and I love your handles. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 07-05-2014 09:03 PM

That is a great idea to a big problem, meets so many needs, hard to count them thank you for sharing. Love the detail on the handle

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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