5 Easy Tips for Using a Wood Rasp

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This is 5 Easy Tips for Using a Wood Rasp. In this post, I’ll show you all about using rasps for different aspects of woodworking, why they are useful, and why it’s a good tool for you to have in the shop. Enjoy.

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The Wood Rasp

5-Easy-Tips-for-Using-a-Wood-RaspThe wood rasp is essentially a piece of metal that’s about a foot long that has little teeth on it used to remove wood. It’s a basic metal tool that’s pretty easy to make, and they’re so common that you can find them from a number of different manufacturers.

This is very similar looking to a file, except it’s meant for wood, and the teeth are very aggressive. This is what allows it to power through the material very quickly, and assist you in shaping your projects.

Coming up are some tips on how to use the wood rasp, what it’s used for, and why it’s a good idea to have one in your shop. Once you’re done, you will understand how many different ways this tool can serve you.

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Rasps are Aggressive

The biggest advantage to having a wood rasp is that they are incredibly aggressive. Due to their nature, they remove wood at an alarming rate. This means if you have a big project, it can save you quite a bit of time.

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The way the tool works is by having a set of very sharp teeth that are also rather long. Unlike a file, where the grooves/teeth are rather short, these are extremely pronounced, and they’re also very sharp.

As a result, they shape wood with a tearing action that pulls apart the fibers and separates them very quickly. This is huge for aggressive wood removal, and saves you a lot of time.

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Major Shaping Projects

The time you have a large project to do that requires a lot of shaping of your wood, that’s a good time to use the wood rasp. They’re aggressive, and since they remove a lot of wood quickly, they can help you complete your project quickly.

One of the major issues with carving projects is that they tend to take quite a while. They can also use up a lot of energy. The better the tool you use, and the faster you remove material, the easier the project becomes.

This allows you to do major shaping operations on solid pieces of wood and even laminate very easily. It’s going to leave quite a rough surface behind obviously, simply due to the nature of the tool, but it will remove and shape the wood very quickly.

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Wood Carving Applications

In wood carving applications, the best place for the rasp is right after roughing out your blank with a saw. It will remove the majority of the material, and it removes it very quickly, which is why you use it first.

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Right after the saw, you need your next most aggressive method of wood removal to get you to the next level. That’s where the rasp does an extraordinary job at getting through this next phase of your carving project.

Use it to break all your sharp corners, round up anything that needs to be rounded over, and start the initial shaping before moving onto finer tools. Those finer tools will remove materials quickly, and they’ll leave a smooth surface behind.

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Rasp Sets and Kits

Most wood rasps are sold individually, however there are times where you can buy a small set that will help you get through a number of different operations. These can be handy to have in the shop, and you should take a look at them.

These are mostly on the smaller side, you can use them for a lot of specific operations where you need to remove wood quickly. The different shapes are nice to have, and you’ll find a lot of opportunities to use them once you have them.

Like any nice tool, take care of them really well and they will take care of you. Make sure you put them back in the package every time you use them, and keep them all stored in an organized way so the set doesn’t become incomplete.

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Basic Rasps to Have

There are a ton of different rasps on the market, but thankfully you don’t need to own absolutely every one that’s ever been made. What you do need is a basic kit that can get you through the majority of your needs.

The large flat rasp and the rounded face rasp are nice to have in your set. These will get you through the majority of your woodworking operations, and are very useful for a lot of situations.

After that a small set of differently shaped rasps that can help you in more specific situations is also handy. These will fill in the blanks where the larger tools stop.

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Your Action Assignment

Now that you know all about wood rasps, it’s time to get out into your shop and take action. If you don’t have one, start with the basic flat rasp and get one into your shop to start experimenting with.

Once you start using the tool, and getting really excited to see what it does, and a whole list of opportunities will open up in your mind. Now, when the opportunity presents itself, you have the right tool to use for the right purpose, and it will make a big difference.

If you have any questions on five helpful reasons to use a wood rasp, please post a comment in the forum and I’ll be glad to answer them. Happy building.

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