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Forum topic by DWIGHTL posted 12-22-2020 01:31 AM 461 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2020 01:31 AM

looking for small wood rasps the size of jewelers files. Rockler and Woodcraft do not carry them -any leads

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#1 posted 12-22-2020 01:40 AM

Check out Iwasaki files if 3/8” wide is small enough.

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#2 posted 12-22-2020 01:42 AM

Thanks. they look interesting

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#3 posted 12-22-2020 01:44 AM

Don’t you mean little bastard?


(Oops! No, that was MY name!)

Seriously, Grizzly calls ‘em rifflers.

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#4 posted 12-23-2020 01:41 AM

Woodcraft at least used to carry some rifflers. Maybe try this source. I have sets in various configurations. Not cheap, though.

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#5 posted 12-24-2020 06:19 PM

Was not sure if they would work. Will look at them more closely

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#6 posted 12-24-2020 06:24 PM

I just use the cheap needle files from China. Search for “needle files set” on eBay, and you’ll have dozens of choices under $20, all of which will last forever if used mostly on wood.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 12-24-2020 06:38 PM

These exist as I have a set I acquired in the past. About 1/4” wide. Don’t recall where I got them from.

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#8 posted 01-11-2021 09:30 AM

Agreed Dave Polaschek, check out the needle file sets on ebay/amazon/etc. Very cheap and have a nice assortment of shapes. At the very least it will let you narrow down the shapes you actually end up using and so you only have to buy nice ones of those.

Also check out the small diamond coated files for sharpening router bits and saws.

-- Jamie Sharp, Knife maker:

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#9 posted 01-11-2021 10:11 AM

Look for Luthier suppliers.

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#10 posted 01-11-2021 01:12 PM

These mini rasps have been surprisingly OK from ebay

Not as good as decent rifflers, but better than the cheap riffler sets.

Never tried those diamond coated ones but they look like they should work.

Others have mentioned the small needle files, good for a smoother finish.

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