Two Handed Rasp
"For years I’ve been watching boat builders and luthiers, furniture, chair and cabinet makers use traditional style rasps for shaping their work. I’ve also noticed that we tend to hold the rasp handle with one hand, and awkwardly grip the tip of the rasp with the other. With a very real danger of injury and discomfort, I’ve seen makers wrap the ends of their rasps with tape, be forced to wear gloves while they work, and even purchase auxiliary, clip-on handles in an attempt to make these tools more user friendly. I finally decided there had to be a better way.
Reaching out to Noel Liogier, a master rasp maker in Lyon, France with four generations of experience, I asked if he could make us a set of two-handed rasps ranging from a coarse #9, a medium #6, to a fine #13.
I designed these rasps to be used like a spokeshave and have dimensioned them accordingly. With a working area approximately 4” long and 1” wide, these rasps have both a flat and a half round surface.
Another critical factor we considered is the direction of the cut. Standard rasps have the teeth running along the length, while ours have the teeth running horizontally, across the width of the tool, again having a feel similar to a draw knife or spokeshave.
With an overall length of 12 3/4”, these two handed rasps feel absolutely amazing in hand and in use.
Boat builders and luthiers, saw makers and furniture makers will love using these tools. With comfortable, locally sourced walnut handles and fine brass ferrules, they’re available individually or as a set of three."
Rasps are made to order in France and then shipped to The Unplugged Woodshop for delivery. Currently, there is an 8-12 week delivery timeframe.