Quick Poll

Most woodworking tools do their jobs through the use of very sharp edges.  Woodworkers can spend countless hours grinding and honing their tools to a razor sharp edge.  Manufacturers can get a keen edge on carbide router bit cutters or table saw blades…

And, then there are rasps and files.  These oddballs don’t slice the wood they are cutting – they tear the fibers off and leave a pretty rough surface that needs to be refined with planes, scrapers or sandpaper.

There are times when the only tool that can do the job is a rasp or a file, yet they aren’t normally the first tools a woodworker will purchase.

This week, we want to know what you think about files and rasps…

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3 thoughts on “Quick Poll”

  1. Tom,

    I have to say I thought the same thing about rasps at first. In that they rip and tear the surface that will need some clean up. That was until I got a couple hand cut Gramercy rasps. I can’t really explain the cutting action on these rasps, but they leave a pretty smooth surface. The surface isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than what my Nicholson rasps could ever hope to achieve. I won’t even pick up my Nicholson rasps anymore.


  2. As long as you use them sparingly, and with a gentle hand, they can really make a project pop.
    Thanks Tom.

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