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Cabinet Maker's Rasps


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€114.00 - €180.00
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G4, G5, G6 (Aggressive) or G7, G8, G9, G10, G11 (General) or G12, G13 (Refined))
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Product Overview

Cabinet makers rasps are used for general shaping work. They are relatively wide in proportion to their length to give you considerable cutting power and achieve a surprisingly smooth finish on your work.
The teeth on Auriou rasps are handed in order to take account of the natural position of your hands when pushing the rasp (the same way you often slightly skew a plane when pushing along a board). So, yes, we make left and right handed rasps. When you get your rasp you will soon discover the correct angle (about 30 degrees) to get the maximum efficiency from the teeth on the rasp (you can "hear" the correct angle).

As a general guide you should chose a rasp which is 3 to 4 times longer than the width of the piece you are shaping.
For example - when shaping guitar necks, you first need a 10" (250mm) or 12" (300mm) rasp before moving on to a smaller, finer rasp for more refined shaping.

Auriou rasps do not tear your edges so you can work to a line with the utmost confidence.

The coarsest grain for the cabinet rasp is the 12" (300m) Grain 4, which will remove a lot of material with great efficiency.
(G1 is the coarsest grain - G15 is finest grain).

For general work we suggest the 9" (225mm) Grain 10 cabinet rasp.
If you need help deciding then please e-mail us for advice. We are here to help.

Cabinet Rasp Dimensions

Length Grain Max Width Max Thickness
8" (200m) G11 23mm 4.5mm
9" (225mm) G10 28mm 5.5mm
10" (250mm) G5 32mm 5.5mm
12" (300mm) G4 38mm 6.5mm

Grain Guide

These are precision shaping tools so look carefully at the range and decide what best suits your needs. 

How do Auriou Cabinet Rasps compare with NICHOLSON 49/50?

We often get asked which Auriou is equivalent to the Nicholson 49 & 50 rasps. The closest answer is:

Nicholson 49 = Auriou 10" (250mm) Grain 7 Cabinet Rasp
Nicholson 50 = Auriou 10" (250mm) Grain 9 Cabinet Rasp

Order Notes

Orders that include [Special Order] rasps may add 2-5 weeks to the delivery time. Where combined with standard range tools the whole order will not be shipped until complete. These include the left handed options and some superfine cabinet rasps.

Please note - Our web orders are now being fulfilled by UK based Classic Hand Tools as we have found that this has significantly improved the service to our individual web customers. Classic Hand Tools carry as much stock as we can supply them and ship worldwide. 


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  • 5
    Cabinet makers rasp

    Posted by Roland Lee on 14th Apr 2021

    Love the tool. Beautifully made.

  • 5
    Wonderful tool, excellent workmanship

    Posted by Martin Gamble-Salt on 25th Mar 2021

    I bought this due to a great review from Paul Sellers’ blog. I needed a smooth, precise tool for material removal on curved and recessed surfaces. I was not disappointed. Build quality is very high, and the cutting surface offers smooth, precise material removal with little to no visible furrows. The tool feels great in the hand. Materials used are first-rate. I am very happy to support this small, traditional business, especially when you can get such a high-level tool at this price pint.

  • 5
    This is an incredible tool!

    Posted by Thomas Hearle on 6th Oct 2020

    Just like every other Auriou rasp that I have purchased, the 12 inch 6 grain cabinet maker's rasp is everything I expected it to be and more. These tools cut some of the hardest woods with very little effort and are an asset for every serious woodworker's tool chest.

  • 5
    Delicious cutting on Jarrah & Mahogany

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Sep 2020

    The grain on this 200mm (8") Cabinet Makers is finer (11), and than any of my 6 Vallorbes (cuts 1,2,4), so that is a factor, but the cut leaves an impressively smooth/consistently textured surface. Cutting Jarrah has a feel a bit like grating a dense cheese, it feels like the surface is being peeled away in small strips, rather than chipped away with a bunch of tiny chisels. Quite different. Perhaps it is the oil in the timber. The feel in Mahogany is different, drier, but shapes really well. The handle is just a tad small for me maybe - but I'll get used to it. Look forward to ordering some slightly coarser - which were out of stock when I ordered.

  • 5

    Posted by Thomas Waters on 3rd Jun 2020

    These rasps cut beautifully and are perfectly balanced.

  • 5
    Great tool

    Posted by Didier on 25th Sep 2018

    Easy to use, Fast wood removal & excellent finish Totally conforms to reputation

  • 5
    Excellent tools, fast delivery, prompt response to questions

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Sep 2018

    By far the best rasp I've used in a lifetime of woodworking.

  • 5
    Excellent craftsmanship

    Posted by Rob on 31st Aug 2018

    This was a custom made tool and it only took three weeks to arrive half way around the world. Great tool wonderful company.

  • 5
    Creme de la Creme!

    Posted by Werner Cook on 29th Aug 2018

    I was told that these Auriou rasps were one of the best and despite the expense I was not disappointed. I've used this file a few times so far and its performance is outstanding. It removes wood fast and the finish is excellent. It is perhaps a serious investment for a hobby woodworker (I am) but I suppose you pay for the craftmanship and skill in its production (it is hand stitched after all). You can not compare this high end tool with the cheap mass produced (machine stitched) rasps, it's a totally different feel and the results are leagues ahead of the budget rasps.

  • 5
    Pleasure to use

    Posted by Richie on 23rd May 2018

    The delivery to Ireland was good value and fast. I use this for making instrument necks and I knew when I started using it that I would be a great asset to me. It is not like others raps I have used. It leaves a good finish and I felt that the tool gave me good control of the shaping I was trying to achieve.

  • 5
    Beautiful Work

    Posted by Tas on 22nd May 2018

    Quality tool from a Quality company. Thank you

  • 5
    the best is hard to beat

    Posted by John M Widger on 28th Nov 2017