This article is about the wood working tool. For other uses, see RASP (disambiguation).
Fine wood rasp
Farrier using a two-sided file, double-cut on the visible side and rasp cut against a horse’s hoof
A rasp is coarse form of file used for coarsely shaping wood or other material. Typically a hand tool, it consists of a generally tapered rectangular, round, or half-round sectioned bar of case hardened steel with distinct, individually cut teeth. A narrow, pointed tang is common at one end, to which a handle may be fitted.
Rasps come in a variety of shapes – rectangular, round, and half-round – and vary in coarseness from finest, “cabinet”, to most aggressive, “wood”. Farriers, for example, commonly use rasps to remove excess wall from a horse’s hoof. They are also used in woodworking for rapidly removing material, and are easier to control than a drawknife. The rough surfaces they leave may be smoothed with finer tools, such as single or double-cut files. Rasps are used in shaping alabaster. Saws and chisels are used to rough out alabaster work.
- French polish
- Heat bending
- Paint stripper
- Steam bending
- Wood drying
- Wood preservation
- Wood stain
- Wood finishing
- American Association of Woodturners
- Architectural Woodwork Institute
- British Woodworking Federation
- Building and Wood Workers’ International
- Caricature Carvers of America
- International Federation of Building and Wood Workers
- National Wood Carvers Association
- Society of Wood Engravers
- Timber Framers Guild