360w360 E.106 – Have You Ever Sharpened a File or Rasp?

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NicholsonIn this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys talk about files, rasps and whether or not it’s reasonable to sharpen them.

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  1. I had the opportunity to compare the “raspability” of two South American made Nicholson 49s of about the same age. Mine, has never been sharpened. The other (Cal Hobbs) was sent to Boggs Tool before its first use. Cal’s did feel like it was cutting more efficiently (a sign of sharp?). But both clogged at about the same rate.

    I have not bothered (yet) to send in my rasps but looking at their page (http://www.boggstool.com/) there is a first-time customer discount so maybe…

    I have used vinegar (PVC tube capped and standing upright) to “sharpen” a 2nd-hand file. But this could have had more to do with the vinegar helping to clean the bottoms of the gullets by softening the gunk to get it out. It hung in the vinegar for around 24 hours with no ill effects.

    A clean file definitely cuts more efficiently than a clogged file.

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