Cabinet rasps are a slightly flatter and wider version of a halfround, they therefore have more teeth in contact with a shallow curve, making them up to twice as efficient at producing the graceful flowing curves typically found in furniture work. Since we do a lot of trade with furniture makers we have gone for a slightly broader selection of this popular type.
The appropriate length of rasp is determined by the size of the workpiece, and the bigger the surface area the more grains you want to work through in order to work as efficiently as possible. Hence we offer a coarse, medium and fine at 300mm for large work, medium and fine at 250 for standard work and then finer shorter rasps for smaller workpieces. Noel recommends the 250 No.9 and 200 No.11 along with a 200mm No.12 round as the three 'indispensable' rasps for furniture crafts. If you work up or down from that in terms of scale of the workpiece - adjust your selection accordingly.
The key to a Liogier rasp's performance is in the craftsmanship, meticulously perfecting each stage before moving on to the next. The blanks are beautifully forged, ground and polished before a stitcher even gets near them. The blank is treated with ever increasing reverence as more time is invested in it, and when the lengthy stitching process is complete, it goes on to the transformational stage of heat treatment where the crystalline structure of the steel is carefully reset into a hard, tough, and above all wear resistant material.
Before it can receive it's plump, narrow waisted beechwood handle, proudly marked with the Liogier logo, the newly created tool is gently wafted with compressed air and ground walnut shells to gently clean the steel to a smooth matte surface.
The rasp is now ready to enter service with it's new owner.
It is important to keep your rasps free of wood debris that can attract and hold moisture against the surface. A brass bristled brush is the ideal tool for cleaning the teeth, for greater protection we highly recommend applying MetalGuard Ultra with a soft brush.
Grain No. 11
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I bought this for some work on components for a yacht. It is an excellent tool, works precisely up to a line without tearing edges.