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MakeThings

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07-17-2020 05:28 PM

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Title pretty much explains it. I’ve got a set of harbor freight files…wondering if there’s a file company that’s been around for a while.

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#1 posted 07-17-2020 05:45 PM

I have some older Nicholsons which are pretty good.

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#2 posted 07-17-2020 05:50 PM

Files made specifically for wood are generally called rasps. Look at Logier, Iwasaki and Corradi right off the top of my head for the high end ones. Companies like Simonds and Nicholson that make files also generally make rasps.

Gotta warn you though, if you’re expecting Harbor Freight prices, you better set down before you look at any prices ;-)

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#3 posted 07-17-2020 05:59 PM

I keep looking at the Shinto rasps, all that have one that I know speak highly of them

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#4 posted 07-17-2020 06:13 PM

The Shinto’s are fantastic for fast removal in large areas. I have one and wouldn’t be without it :-)

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#5 posted 07-17-2020 06:53 PM

If i win the lotto I am buying me some Auriou rasps. Until then, I have a $13 set of 2 hand-stitched rasps from Amazon that actually work really well for the price. Once you’ve rasped away most then you can either use a Nicholson bastard file or even just sandpaper. I’d stay away from the newer 4-in-hand rasp/files, every one i have tried is junk.

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#6 posted 07-17-2020 07:02 PM



If i win the lotto I am buying me some Auriou rasps. Until then, I have a $13 set of 2 hand-stitched rasps from Amazon that actually work really well for the price. Once you’ve rasped away most then you can either use a Nicholson bastard file or even just sandpaper. I’d stay away from the newer 4-in-hand rasp/files, every one i have tried is junk.

- SMP

I forgot Auriou. Definitely drool-worthy. Hand-stitched rasps for $13? You have my attention :-) How about a link?

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#7 posted 07-17-2020 08:01 PM

MakeThings – what kind of projects will you be making that will require files and rasps ??
they are not all created equal – and they definitely have their place in woodworking.
using the wrong rasp on a project could lead you down a very dark path.
files, rasps and rifflers are names that are often used interchangeably.
if you really don’t have a use for a full set at the moment, I would purchase
the ones you need as you need it. (the brand name is totally up to you and your budget).
my style of woodworking and carving could be a whole universe different than what you do.
so you need to purchase tools that are conducive to your style of projects.

Rifflers come in all kinds of shapes and tooth cuts.

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#8 posted 07-17-2020 08:18 PM

Files or rasps? There’s a difference.

For refining curves the Iwasaki files are pretty amazing. Use them with the grain and it leaves an incredibly smooth surface. Even the fine cut ones can take a lot of material off quickly though, so they need a very light touch. Tend to be about $30-40 each, but need a handle. I think I have 3-4 of them, plus the above shinto saw rasp.

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MakeThings

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#9 posted 07-17-2020 08:36 PM


MakeThings – what kind of projects will you be making that will require files and rasps ??
they are not all created equal – and they definitely have their place in woodworking.
using the wrong rasp on a project could lead you down a very dark path.
files, rasps and rifflers are names that are often used interchangeably.
if you really don t have a use for a full set at the moment, I would purchase
the ones you need as you need it. (the brand name is totally up to you and your budget).
my style of woodworking and carving could be a whole universe different than what you do.
so you need to purchase tools that are conducive to your style of projects.

Rifflers come in all kinds of shapes and tooth cuts.

.

- John Smith


Not at all looking for rasps. Just files. I’m not really looking to remove large amounts of material, or to carve…so that’s why I was looking into better files. I use my files usually like I would use sand paper.

You’ve given me some great information John, and I very much appreciate it.

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MakeThings

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#10 posted 07-17-2020 08:37 PM



Files or rasps? There s a difference.

For refining curves the Iwasaki files are pretty amazing. Use them with the grain and it leaves an incredibly smooth surface. Even the fine cut ones can take a lot of material off quickly though, so they need a very light touch. Tend to be about $30-40 each, but need a handle. I think I have 3-4 of them, plus the above shinto saw rasp.

- jmartel


Just files. I’m going to have to look into Iwasaki files. Thanks for the info!

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#11 posted 07-17-2020 09:07 PM



Files made specifically for wood are generally called rasps. Look at Logier, Iwasaki and Corradi right off the top of my head for the high end ones. Companies like Simonds and Nicholson that make files also generally make rasps.

Gotta warn you though, if you re expecting Harbor Freight prices, you better set down before you look at any prices ;-)

- HokieKen


Oh no, I know what I’m in for. If they’re anything like carving tools, I’ve got my seatbelt on with my tray in the upright position.

I’ve been watching Charles Neil (one of the absolute greats) use a set of the Iwasaki files. Forgive my ignorance, but these files are for life, right? Obviously you can’t sharpen them…but I’m guessing they probably have a great lifespan judging by cost alone. Am I right?

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 07-17-2020 10:02 PM

Yeah, at least for a hobbyist, those files will last forever. And if you use them all day every day, they will dull beyond usefulness one day probably. But that’s highly unlikely unless you are a full time carver/sculptor.

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#13 posted 07-17-2020 10:03 PM

Also, files can be sharpened by acid etching. There are places you can send them or you can give it a go at home if you’re so inclined.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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SMP

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#14 posted 07-17-2020 10:19 PM


Also, files can be sharpened by acid etching. There are places you can send them or you can give it a go at home if you’re so inclined.

- HokieKen

I have done it at home with the copper pipe trick and overnight vinegar bath. Brought some old ones back to life. Probably lifetime for me now those were 30 year old files lol.

Btw, these are very similar to the rasps I ordered a couple years ago. Only mine were $13 and stated hand stitched, and the definitely look it. But reading the reviews for these seem like they are worth the $15 even as extras or to save your good ones on rough work.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B074KCB13T/ref=psdcmw_242721011_t1_B078QJ9HZY

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MakeThings

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#15 posted 07-18-2020 12:44 AM

Also, files can be sharpened by acid etching. There are places you can send them or you can give it a go at home if you’re so inclined.

- HokieKen

I have done it at home with the copper pipe trick and overnight vinegar bath. Brought some old ones back to life. Probably lifetime for me now those were 30 year old files lol.

Btw, these are very similar to the rasps I ordered a couple years ago. Only mine were $13 and stated hand stitched, and the definitely look it. But reading the reviews for these seem like they are worth the $15 even as extras or to save your good ones on rough work.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B074KCB13T/ref=psdcmw_242721011_t1_B078QJ9HZY

- SMP


Those bastards look awesome!

(Sorry, that was hard NOT to say)

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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