Auriou Rasps

With a Birthday on the way and some cabriole legs on the cards for a future project, I lashed out and invested in some new Auriou Rasps.

If you not familiar with Auriou, there is a great clip on youtube showing the manufacturing process.

http://youtu.be/RwLA-O3bL5M

I ordered, 3 rasps all 12inch in length, a 3 grain, 8 grain and 12 grain. 3 grain being the roughest and the 12 grain the finest.

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The rasps arrived in record time, and very well packaged, another bonus when buying from Lie Nielsen is that they include their own handles which complement these rasps very well.


I did a quick test cut, on some scrap Melunak and was very pleased with the speed and quality of cut. This photos show a comparison between the various grains and the result after 10 strokes.

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I was surprised and how similar they were in speed of cut, the main difference was with the size of the tooth marks left behind.

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Now onto a real project, shaping a cabriole leg. When shaping a leg, I try to do as much as possible with a spokeshave, but when fairing to the edge of the leg only rasp will get into those tight spaces.

I found the 12 grain did the job perfectly, the rougher grains simply took too much off and would have been ok if I started the process with them instead of the spokeshave.

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The finish of the 12 grain is very good, but I am seriously considered adding the 6 inch 15 grain to my arsenal to reduce the sanding stage as much as possible…

VALUE Rating: ★★★½☆

BUILD QUALITY Rating: ★★★★★

OVERALL Rating: ★★★★☆

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