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
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
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.