- Half-round rasp for aggressive removal of wood or soft materials in cabinetry
- File has narrow width that tapers to a point to ease access into holes and grooves
- Single-cut teeth on edges for smoothing
- American pattern file for non-precision material removal
- Tang for use with an optional handle (sold separately)
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Nicholson Pattern Maker's Cabinet Rasp File, American Pattern, Rasp Cut, Half-Round
|Price:||$39.52 - $74.13|
|Sale:||Lower price available on select options|
|Brand Name||Apex Tool Group|
|Cut Type||Rasp Cut|
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|Style Name||Rasp File|
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The Nicholson pattern maker's cabinet rasp file has a half-round shape with medium American pattern rasp-cut teeth for aggressive removal of wood or soft materials in holes, curves, and corners in cabinet making. The file tapers toward the point in width to ease access into holes and grooves. The rasp's density of six or more rows of teeth per inch provides a smoother finish than regular cabinet rasps. It has medium, single-cut American pattern teeth on the edges for smoothing with a medium-smooth finish. The tang can be used with an optional handle for secure gripping (sold separately).
Hand files are used to remove material and smooth and shape workpieces. They have forward-facing cutting teeth and cut when pushed over either a stationary or rotating workpiece. Single-cut teeth are single rows cut diagonally across the width of the file. Double-cut teeth have two sets of rows cut in opposite directions. American pattern files have three coarseness grades. Coarse, also known as bastard cut, is suitable for efficient, heavy material removal where finish is not a concern. Medium, also known as second cut, offers average material removal and finish quality. Fine, also known as smooth cut, provides the smoothest finish. Swiss pattern files have eight coarseness grades, from 00 (coarse), 0 (medium), and 1 to 6 (fine to finest), offering a smoother finish than equivalent American pattern files. For Swiss pattern files the length of the tool is the length of the blade, not counting the tang, which is the pointed end fitted for a handle; for American pattern files the length of the tool is its entire length, including the tang.
Nicholson manufactures hand tools and power tool accessories. The company is headquartered in Sparks, MD.
Top Customer Reviews
In short, recommended, but if you are used to the quality of older Nicholson rasps and files, you will be slightly disappointed.
Compared to hand-stitched rasp finishes, this will be more rough but at approximately 1/3 the expense I'm OK with that.
If you look at the surface of this rasp, you'll notice that the teeth aren't in a straight pattern, as in most rasps. That's because they're hand cut, instead of machine cut, and that's why the #49 works so well and costs so much. I bought mine for shaping air rifle stocks back when they were under $40, and only after trying a Stanley Surform, a Japanese Shinto saw rasp, and a lot of cheaper rasps. A friend whose father had been a custom stockmaker kept telling me to just put the other stuff aside and buy a Nicholson #49. I finally listened, and I'm still using that rasp today.
So if you're really serious about shaping wood, don't waste time and money on cheap Chinese imports and other tools. Buy a Nicholson #49. It really is that much better.
Update: I've read that the classic #49 and #50 have been replaced with cheaper Made-in-Mexico rasps that are not as well made and use cheaper steel. If that's the case, then I'd want to examine one carefully before buying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good wood removal tool. It cuts great,but still leaves a fairly smooth finish.Published 4 months ago by Michael Gaddy
Poor poor quality--honestly broke in two the very first time my husband used it; luckily it was within Amazon's 30 day return period. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DDF