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This is one tool from Ann's grandfather.  He worked in the foundry making Navy/Marine aircraft parts.  And, toward the end of his career, he worked as a pattern maker.  We are not sure what he used this for.  Here are 3 pictures.

 

 

Wood rasp A.jpg

wood rasp b.jpg

wood rasp C.jpg

 

The unit is designed so that the blade can be used either as a push or pull.  You can also turn the blade over.  However, this blade is so old, I fear that it may break from bending back the other way.  We are going to keep it as it is.  Thanks, Gerald.  I will get out my grandfather's brace and his one bit.  Will post pictures.  It was old in 1952.

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2 hours ago, FlGatorwood said:

This is one tool from Ann's grandfather.  He worked in the foundry making Navy/Marine aircraft parts.  And, toward the end of his career, he worked as a pattern maker.  We are not sure what he used this for.  Here are 3 pictures.

 

 

 

wood rasp b.jpg

 

 

The unit is designed so that the blade can be used either as a push or pull.  You can also turn the blade over.  However, this blade is so old, I fear that it may break from bending back the other way.  We are going to keep it as it is.  Thanks, Gerald.  I will get out my grandfather's brace and his one bit.  Will post pictures.  It was old in 1952.

to borrow from what someone posted elsewhere... type of rasp is also known as a 'float' with either straight cut or curved (MILLENCUT)  teeth.

I have one that can be screwed to a handle and is/was generally used to "shaving" off bondo or lead when doing bodywork on vehicles.  Also known as "vixen"

(brand name) files...   here's one from nicholson

 

nicholson vixen.jpg

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I am not sure which of these would win.

 

  • An Emmert's vice, patented '84 (I think)   That would be 1884.  Not sure of mfr date
  • A Stanley 71 1/2  router plane
  • A watchmaker's caliper from my father in law, who was apprenticed in Germany right after WWI and came to the states in early 1920s.  It's in metric so likely he brought it with him.

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