- 22 November 2017 at 4:59 am #377273
I have noticed Paul using what looks to be an Auriou rasp in many of his videos. It appears to be a 12″ Cabinet Maker’s Rasp (maybe 10”) but what grain is it as there are many options? I am thinking a 10 or 12 gain for work on the finer side but at $120+ each I really just want to put 1 on my Christmas list. Any advice is welcomed.22 November 2017 at 5:58 am #377294matthews123Participant
Clifford, I have wondered about grain myself so I Googled youtube Auriou rasps and got about 10minutes of Christopher Schwarz talking and demonstrating 3 different ones. Take a look.22 November 2017 at 12:36 pm #377443
@NARRS Paul wrote an article about Auriou rasps here: https://paulsellers.com/2013/07/aurou-rasps-good-on-the-wood-and-good-in-the-hand/ . In the questions section, I asked what he was using, and he said he was using the “chair maker’s triple set.” I don’t see that at Highland any more, but I ordered rasps a couple years later and ordered Cabiet maker’s 12″ 10 Grain rasp, the 7″ modeler’s rasp at 13 grain, and the 10″ Auriou ALBI combination rasp which is rectangular and has 9 grain on one side and 5 grain on the other.
This was my best interpretation of Paul’s comment about using the chair makers triple set, and I think the set was available at the time and formed the basis of what I purchased, but I could be wrong, so please do research it further. The 12″ is a big rasp. It takes off wood quickly, but controllably, and is good for shaping, but you need to refine the surface afterwards. The model maker is smaller and finer and handles details. I use those two the most and maybe the model makers the most, but honestly I think those two go hand-in-hand. As an example, on a cabriole leg, the 12″ cabinet rasp would give the longer lines and much of the transition into the ankle, but the model makers may be needed at a couple of the tighter spots, especially on a smaller leg. If I were only doing tool handles, spoons, and smaller such work with tighter curves, no doubt, I’d pick the 7″ modeler’s rasp and I’ve been happy with the 13 grain (but see below).
Paul has written several rasp articles since the one I linked, including some alternative brands, which you might want to review.
I’m never happy with the surface that is left with rasps. It is too rough and often looks like tooth furrows. A rasp is more agile than a spokeshave, so you can’t clean up with a spokeshave. I’ve been meaning to get some decent shaped files to refine the rasp work, but so far have gotten too confused in the Bahco catalog to actually pick a couple and locate them in the US. Nevertheless, I’m glad to have these rasps. They are excellent for shaping. They may be more expensive than having kids, though.22 November 2017 at 1:34 pm #377489
Hey, guess what? It’s in his book, p.392. “My most frequently used rasps are the 12″ by 1 1/2″ cabinet rasp with a grain #10 stitch, followed quickly by a 7″ by 1/2″ grain #13 stitch. I have other rasps but these would be my recommended starter sizes.” The photos look to me like the cabinet makers rasp (12″) and the model maker’s rasp (7″).
There ya go.22 November 2017 at 3:15 pm #377606
Excellent Ed! Thank you for your research. My Christmas list now has an Auriou 12″ by 1 1/2″ cabinet rasp with a grain #10 stitch and a 7″ by 1/2″ grain #13.22 November 2017 at 3:35 pm #377633
Make sure to read Auriou’s web page about cleaning and caring for them, including the admonition not to clean with a wire brush and to protect from bumping the teeth.
If you find some decent, fine shaping files to work with the rasps, let me know. : – )22 November 2017 at 3:41 pm #377645
Paul mentioned Nicholson files in a blog at https://paulsellers.com/knowledge-base/rasps-and-files/. So I put on my list one of the following sets.
Nicholson 5 Piece Hand File Set with Ergonomic Handles, American Pattern, 6″ Length, (2)-8″ length, (2)-10″ length $34.29 or
Nicholson 9 Piece Hand File Set with Ergonomic Handles, American Pattern $71.9122 November 2017 at 3:43 pm #377649
odd – the Amazon links did not show but that is where I got the prices.22 November 2017 at 5:30 pm #377790
I thought Paul had been unhappy with Nicholson’s, especially saw files, and generally directed us towards Bahco?22 November 2017 at 7:06 pm #377907
Humm…not sure. I just noticed the comment about Nicholson files on the rasp and files blog so I looked on Amazon. I will check out the prices for Bahco to compare.
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