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#1 911rat

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:25 AM

I'm looking for some decent relatively innexpensive rasps for shaping stocks. I was looking at the Pferd second and smooth cut half rounds and the Nicholson #49 and 50. I've heard good things about Nicholson rasps but I understand their quality isn't what it used to be.

Anyone use either?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:07 PM

I'm looking for some decent relatively innexpensive rasps for shaping stocks. I was looking at the Pferd second and smooth cut half rounds and the Nicholson #49 and 50. I've heard good things about Nicholson rasps but I understand their quality isn't what it used to be.

Anyone use either?


I use Nicholson and you also may be interested in Sure Form type tools.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:23 PM

Next time you are my side of town, swing over to woodcraft. They have (at least had) a nice selection of microplanes. That and scapers. They are over at ford and lilly.
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#4 lemski4

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:46 PM

#49 cabinet rasp, a # 50 if it's a little finer than the 49 may be helpful as well.

#5 911rat

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:48 AM

Completely forgot about the surform type rasps.

Don, I'll have to check out Woodcraft again, I can always stop in at Ikea for some meatballs afterward. I went out there some time ago to pick up some Solar-Lux (great stuff) but didn't have time to look around much. If the Microplane wood working products are as good as their kitchen products I'll definately give 'em a try.

So, looks like my new rasp list includes a round and flat surform type and a smooth cut steel rasp? Time to stop using that cheap stuff.

#6 daboone

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:54 AM

The Shinto Plainer/saw/rasp is an excellent upgrade to a surform.

http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:57 AM

The Nicholson #49 is excellent, IMO.  The 'fine-ness' of cut is easily controlled by how much pressure you apply. Kinda' makes the #50 a 'not needed' item. Files and rasps weren't ment to last forever and they don't. Hard wood is more abrasive than most believe. Even when those Nicholsons were MADE IN USA, I could turn a #49 into a #50 shaping just one stock (from a blank).  There is another company, located in France, that advertises/makes fine wood working tools,,,, but I haven't tried them out yet, as I have a good supply of Nicholson 'made in USA" to use up, first.  www.ligonier-france.fr






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