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  • #312700
    Tom R
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    Hi all,

    I’m looking to get some decent rasps. The Auriou and Liogier ones are obviously beautiful, but I can’t justify spending that much for the amount that I’ll get to use them.

    From all I hear, hand cut are the way to go. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good rasp that won’t break the bank? I’m in Canada, so would be good if I can get something from Lee Valley. Has anyone tried the hand cut black handle ones they sell? ( http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=20133&cat=1,42524 )

    I recall a blog post where Paul wasn’t very impressed with the Narex rasps, and another one on the web which said the Nicholson ones have really gone down hill.

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Best,
    Tom

    #312701
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    Corradi GOLD rasps are very good at half the price of hand cut.

    http://www.corradishop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_4&products_id=1

    Too bad about Nicholson, who invented the machine cut rasps and were the leader for half a century or more. I still use a 49 and 50 from the 1960’s.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by Larry Geib.
    #312703
    Philipp J.
    Participant

    What about the Tome Feteira rasps? Paul had a couple blog posts on them if i recall, and he seemed to like them.
    https://paulsellers.com/2015/07/rasps-and-wood-two-key-ingredients/

    Seems they are supposed to be cheap aswell and you can order directly from the manufacturer, you have to contact them though to see how much they really cost you.

    #312714
    ehisey
    Participant

    To answer the Lee Valley question, I have and use one. It was surprisingly good for the price. I picked one up when I needed a rasp to finish the replacements stretchers for an antigue bed. Also gotten to inspect a Liogier after using the Lee Valley and will say, if you are not going to be able to get a Lioger level, the Lee Valley is good if slightly to the coarse side of medium rasp.

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop

    #312848
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    I was just looking at the unplugged shop links today and noticed the ‘daily Skep’ site mentions he’s in the midst of a Corradi rasp review.

    Specifically, he cites the #6 size as ideal for rough stock removal.
    From his comments, I expect a further review.

    Corradi rasp review

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by Larry Geib.
    #312921
    Tom R
    Participant

    Thanks so much everyone – some good options here.

    I hadn’t thought of getting vintage ones, I guess I’m not confident I would be able to tell one that’s in good working order – I presume they dull over time and thus have a life span? Is there anything I should look for, or how would one check to see if it is still in good working order?

    The Corradi rasps look nice. Shipping from the Europe makes them really expensive (as with the Tome Feteira ones), maybe I’ll see if I can find a vendor in Canada.

    As for the black handled ones from Lee Valley, I was in the store the other day and the name on them is Ajax, apparently made in the Czech republic. I ended up finding a nice comparison here:
    https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/half-round-cabinet-rasps

    Thanks,
    Tom

    #312945
    ehisey
    Participant

    Czech Republic seems to put out good tools. Narex is also Czech company.

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop

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