Rasp Drawer organizer

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Project by rdwile posted 01-30-2013 07:12 PM 6869 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing SoCal Bobs's Chisel drawer a while back I knew I needed to do something to keep my rasps organized. Not only to appeal to my “need” for order but to keep them from rubbing against one another and dulling them in the drawer.

Since I use these almost everyday, I dedicated the top drawer in my main bench cabinet and tried out a few sizes until I found a working layout. The gap between the dividers is 1.5” which is the smallest I could use and still fit the handles in. The dividers are 1/4” thick oak I ripped from leftover scrap and ran through the planer to be exactly the thickness to match my finger-joint blade set for the table saw.

I cut the front and back strip to exactly the inside width of the drawer and starting cutting the grooves using my purpose-built jig (third picture) which was simply a mitre gauge backer board with a groove cut 1.5” from the blade edge and a 1/8” thick strip glued into it to align the frame pieces to ensure consistent spacing – this took 5 minutes to make. I taped the front and back pieces together and proceeded to cut them at the same time.

The drawer bottom is the black no-slip mesh that was in the drawer before, this cuts the rattling noise down when opening and closing the drawer. The dividers are cut to length to fit snugly into the slots and a touch of glue. The front and back rails are not glued to the drawer so its easy to remove if I want to down the road.

I still need to do this for my carving chisel drawer, but only one tedious job at a time. :-)

Thanks for reading.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 08:08 PM

The humble rasp has been overlooked in the past, in terms of all the ‘sexy’ hand tool blogs and discussions on lumberjocks. I think you have changed all that and finally given it the place it deserves. Top drawer.

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 09:52 PM

Not all rasps are the same! I was eyeing some very expensive handmade ones. This is a great solution to keeping them from being damaged.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 09:55 PM

I just organized my rasps myself!

Nice job…

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 12:41 AM

Great idea and nicely done! I’m still keeping mine in the tubes the came in, but yours is certainly a more convenient way to store one’s rasps.

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

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 01:40 AM

Hi John,

I have the cases but my opinion is that you will use them more if they are accessible, that’s why the top drawer for me. When I need to quickly clean something up, I go to a rasp before sandpaper. Once you understand how to get the most out of them, I don’t know how I would get by without them. I believe this only applies to the hand-cut (stitched) rasps. All the others I have owned I have either given or thrown away.


-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 01:40 AM

Great organizer but I’m really envious of your rasp collection. Where do you buy rasps?

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#7 posted 01-31-2013 01:48 AM

R—Agree with you on the hand cut rasps and I’m just beginning to appreciate the potential. I can see the benefit of your approach. Thought a few of yours look like the ones I’ve recently acquired through . Where else have you found hand cut rasps? Thanks, John.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2013 01:56 AM

I have both Auriou and Liogier hand cut rasps, although I prefer the cut of the Liogier which better suits my style of use. The black ones in the picture are Liogier Sapphire line which is WAY harder than the others and I wish I had bought them all along – they stay sharp forever.

I had several other types and once you have used these the others are just glorified files.

Here's a video I did on a review of the Liogier rasps - this may help a bit.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 03:11 AM

Great idea and thanks for sharing and the reminder this is one to add to my list

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

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 04:09 AM

Nice set up. I hadn’t heard of Liogier. What makes their sapphire line so hard ?

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 02:29 PM

very nice. looks super organized and easily accessible which are both great to have.

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 02:31 PM

A beautiful organizer, really well made and a great way to store and maintain the sharpness of the beautiful tools.


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#13 posted 02-01-2013 12:27 AM

MonteCristo, The Sapphire line are much harder that the traditional line, so they stay sharper longer (up to 4 times according to Noel). After using the Sapphire I wish that I bought them all along, they are a dream to use. They cut much cleaner and the finish creates almost a lubrication effect in use. They are VERY nice rasps.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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