Sharpening Files and Rasps

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  • #26526
    kpinvt
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    I’ve seen the posts about wood rasps and always think of the pile of old files and rasps I have stored in boxes around my house. I was wondering if they could be cleaned up and sharpened so I asked Google. One of the first responses listed was this Popular Woodworking blog post from Christopher Schwarz dated 10-24-2007:

    How Do I Sharpen a Rasp?

    The company he links to is Boggs Tool & File Sharpening Co. here in the US:

    http://www.boggstool.com/

    The price list is here:

    http://www.boggstool.com/page5.html

    They have an internet special of one free file sharpening for new customers.

    http://www.boggstool.com/page18.html

    I’m going to send them a couple of large files or rasps that belonged to my Dad.

    #26527
    rorban
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    I’ve seen old files turned into various types of knives. On the top of the blade you can still see the file teeth resulting in a neat looking blade. You can shape the blanks yourself if you have the right equipment. Google turns up a lot of knife makers that use old files and instructions on how to make knives yourself. There is also a guy in Memphis, TN that sells a ton of exotic burl blanks for those type of projects. Something to consider I guess.

    #26544
    Jason Stair
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    According to this website you can sharpen them by etching with a weak acid like vinegar.
    http://logancabinetshoppe.com/blog/2010/12/quick-tip-7/

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