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06-14-2018 12:44 PM

I have a project coming up and will need a couple Rasps. I will need a half round probably coarse and medium. There are so many and some too expensive for me.

Can someone recommend reasonably priced ones and best place to buy.

I saw that Kutzall makes some. Anyone with experience?

Also, are the Sureform Rasps useful.

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#1 posted 06-14-2018 12:45 PM

Narex seems to make value products that’s worth your time.

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#2 posted 06-14-2018 12:57 PM

I have the Narex rasp set, but have only used the half round. It’s a long way better than the Norton crap I had before. Other than that, I can’t really add anything.

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#3 posted 06-14-2018 01:40 PM

The Shinto Saw Rasp is pretty nice. I have the 11” and it’s very easy to control. There’s a coarse and fine side and it never clogs up. Also, it’s under $30.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 06-14-2018 01:57 PM

My only experience wth rasps, other than the Stanley ones at the local big box lumber store, is with Narex. I have accumulated three, using Amazon as the supplier. I think they are very good, and that does include a half round. I would over them again.

My expanded, general opinion is that a rasp is going to cut away wood, and you will be sanding the result, regardless of which rasp you use. Therefore, for hobbyist use anyway, i do not think there is any reason to overspend. While I enjoy the heck out of having the nicer Narex rasps, I also keep a simple Stanley rasp that is flat on one side and half round on the other, hanging near the miter saw and table saw, and use it often to touch up a cut edge. It works great, and I have been using that type for, oh, about 35 years.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 06-14-2018 03:15 PM :<))

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#6 posted 06-14-2018 03:27 PM

Common cheaper rasps cut pretty rough. If you
want to do any refined shaping I suggest
Iwasaki files instead. Compared to handmade
rasps they are very affordable.

Narex makes some inexpensive rasps in CZ. I
don’t know if they cut evenly.

The main issue with cheaper coarse rasps is they
leave such a rough surface you’ll need to work it
with another tool like a finer rasp or file to get
it ready to sand.

I use regular files on wood a lot too, usually as
a last step before sanding curves.

I have some Nicolson pattern makers rasps but
I think the Iwasakis are more useful.

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#7 posted 06-14-2018 03:52 PM

+1 for the Shinto—I have one and have had good results with it.

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#8 posted 06-14-2018 03:52 PM

Nothing beats a good rasp for shaping.

I’ve got basically three levels of rasps in the shop and they show an evolution. The first decent quality one was a hand cut imported by Robert Larson. Pretty sure it was made by Tome Feteira in Portugal. It cuts fast, but leaves a very rough and uneven finish. Much better than what you can find at the hardware or big box store, but still leaves a bit to be desired, so I looked to upgrade.

Next step was Iwasaki files, as Loren mentioned. Once you learn to use them, they work really well for the price. Much better at going with the grain than cross grain. They cut more like miniature plane irons than a traditional rasp. With a light touch, the extra fine will leave a nearly finish ready surface going with the grain. One downside is if you want half round and flat, you have to buy two tools, as the half rounds have a hollow back, not two-sided.

The final step in the chain is a bunch of rasps, files and rifflers from Corradi in Italy. Their Gold series are incredibly good tools, with the 10 cut rasps leaving a finish very similar to 100 or 120 grit sandpaper. They have a variety of sizes and cuts to fit whatever you need. BigRedKnothead posted a review comparing the Gold rasps to hand cut rasps from Auriou and Gramercy. Only downside with Corradi is that they ship from Italy, so if ordering one or two, the freight raises the price per unit quite a bit. If you end up getting a half dozen or so, it spreads out more and brings the total cost per unit down. Overall, though, you can get performance similar to a premium hand cut rasp at around half the cost of an Auriou or Logier.

I will be ordering more Corradi’s this year to fill in some sizes of rasps and specialty files. The company is very easy to deal with, too. When I had questions, they were answered right away (considering the time difference) and once the product shipped, I had it within three days.

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#9 posted 06-14-2018 05:28 PM

I just bought one from Lee Valley that was decently priced ($40 I think) and it works quite well. They also have all of the more expensive ones others have mentioned above. If Narex makes rasps like their chisels they will have a good economical and sturdy one as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 06-14-2018 05:39 PM

Woodcraft has a good quality rasp under their Wood River brand.

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#11 posted 06-14-2018 09:48 PM

I bought one these from Tools for Working Wood and have been really happy with it. I also have a Shinto rasp, which is excellent but it doesn’t do inside curves.

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#12 posted 06-14-2018 10:25 PM

I also have one of the Lee Valley rasps. They don’t have very nice handles, but they are hand-cut rasps for $40 or less.

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#13 posted 06-15-2018 02:40 PM

I use regular files on wood a lot too, usually as
a last step before sanding curves. ...
- Loren

Yes, for sure.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 06-15-2018 03:21 PM

While not technical a rasp this is my go too file in the shop, Bahco 1-106-08-1-0 Flat File, aggressive enough cut and clean finish? Also have a handful of Japanese files/rasps from Lee Valley that work well all, depends on what is required and or desired?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#15 posted 06-15-2018 07:02 PM

Lee Valley also carries Japanese milled tooth files,42524

I have a flat & 1/2 round. They are very sharp and will remove a lot of wood quickly, and leave a much smoother surface than a rasp. I believe mine are fine cut. I use these a lot for bandsawed surfaces that need smoothing and faring and then sand starting with 120-180 gr.

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