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Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by Slowtwitch, Apr 14, 2019 at 1:46 AM.
It's some tool that nobody can identify on the Bad dog forum.
My favorite tool is a farrier’s file/rasp (Pic) then I use a combination of deferent files, I also use a spoke-shave, cabinet scrapers and sandpaper. I also bought one of these ( https://www.rockler.com/japanese-saw-rasp) to try used it for a Ukulele neck it worked really well now I can’t find for anything.
Lol. Many of us would like to know... but then again... perhaps not
I'm pretty sure they're called Shinto files.
I've got the long one with the single handle, and I've definitely been impressed by how well it works. I'm a file fanatic .
They're fine cut on one side and coarse on the other and very controllable, which makes them great for a facet type cut like on a neck.
Ya can lean into it with the coarse side and really remove some material, or go with the fine side with a delicate touch and take off just a whisker. Excellent tool.
I'd love to see them offered in a half-round style.
+1 on the spoke shave, that's the way luthiers have been doing it for centuries!
I think you'll find that a flat and a round Microplane will be money well spent; they're useful for all kinds of wood shaping tasks.
After shaping the profile at the transition and the heel with rasps, I connect the dots with a block plane. I have spokeshaves but never got the hang of them (I probably didn't tune them properly and they chatter).
Fender custom shop guys at a Roadshow event mentioned that when copying a profile of an existing neck they use a piece of heavy solder to form a pattern and then trace that onto card stock.
Shinto saw rasp and regular half rounded and flat rasp. Then sandpaper. Will try the next one using a spokeshave and/or scrapers.