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A Poor Man’s Raspy Thingy

My reason for revisiting the issue of shaping wood by hand is this: I think that it is very likely that people in general cannot spend a £120 on a rasp to make a project like say a spoon that they do not know if they will like producing more of into the future. We’ve…

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It’s Gone Bad…

Three decades ago we used to pick up a four-in-hand rasp at any hardware store in the US knowing it would be good to go and at an economical price. They weren’t fancy, just functional. The farriers used them to trim and shape the hooves on horses during and after shoeing them. Not a fine…

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The Shinto Raspy Thingy!

When is a rasp not a rasp? When it’s a series of saw blades strategically locked together to form an aggressive cutting tool for shaping wood. Sounds like a rasp but it’s not. Really it deserves its own title but then no one would know what it is because most of what we use is…

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A Rasp by Liogier

When I used my first ever rasp I was disappointed with the results because the teeth seemed to go nowhere in the hard and dense-grained wood I was shaping. It put me off and I continued shaving wood with carving chisels and then spokeshaves too. Most of my shaping still comes from such tools and the…

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Rasps and wood – two key ingredients

On rasps for cabinet making On many of my projects I use cabinet rasps and others for more detailed work because they remove stock fast and when well made surfaces shaped with them need only moderate refinement. I just finished off the latest video series on chairmaking where we make one of my designs in…

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Auriou rasps – Good on the wood and good in the hand

Auriou rasps Some times I am amazed by a new or old woodworking tool, but not too often any more. Most of the time tools are a remake of something that once was, be that planes or saws, nail sets, chisels with ergonomic handles that shed their rubber grips like autumn leaves after about six…

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  • Steve D on Shameful Stanley UKThat looks like a counterfeit of a Stanley. I also worked for a worldwide consumer products company. For many years the company was known for it's iconic product which was also inc…
  • David R on Shameful Stanley UKHow about we all buy a Stanley spokeshave online and send it back due to lack of quality? If enough people do that, there's a chance someone will listen eventually.
  • Don Trust on Shameful Stanley UKUnfortunately, it's not just the small inexpensive tools that are suffering the poor design and shoddy workmanship problem that is rampant in all industries. About 13 years ago my…
  • Don Trust on Shameful Stanley UKI did exactly that - bought a Veritas replacement blade for the Stanley 151 I bought recently (well, a few months ago). I highly recommend that. The difference is amazing. You stil…
  • JEAN CLAUDE PEETERS on Shameful Stanley UKFunny. I bought one and it works fine, it really does. But the next one they had in the shop looked horrible. (they only buy one at a time, apparently...)
  • Jurandyr on Shameful Stanley UKIs this a worldwide problem? Old tools are expensive on ebay and other sites, at least here in Brazil, and the new ones just don't have the slightest quality. I think that the manu…
  • Paul Sellers on Shameful Stanley UKMy comment was for those who could never spend £90 on a spokeshave or hundreds of pounds on planes and such, not a criticism of tool sellers or toolmakers. Look deep enough and you…
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