Nicholson 49 second cut, 50 smooth cut cabinet rasps
Nicholson Nicholson
  • Nicholson 49 second cut, 50 smooth cut cabinet rasps

Nicholson Cabinet Rasps

#49 Second Cut, narrow pattern (rasp) half round and tapered. This is a high quality, woodworker, cabinetmaker's wood rasp. It has a narrow pattern and cut edges. Leaves a relatively smooth finish but is rougher than the #50.

#50 Smooth, narrow pattern (rasp) half round and tapered. This is a high quality, woodworker, cabinetmaker's wood rasp. It has a narrow pattern and cut edges. Leaves a relatively smooth finish. Often used after #49. Both rasps are made by Nicholson.

Designed for use with Size 1 Nicholson wooden handles.

 
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BRAND: Nicholson
Type: Files and Rasps
4.5 35

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Nicholson Cabinet Rasps
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (31)
  • Well built / quality (17)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Sturdy case (3)

Cons

  • Not effective (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Small projects (20)
  • Large projects (16)
  • Home repair (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (18), Professional (13)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (22), Business (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must-have tool

If you've never used a patternmakers rasp, then run, do not walk to get one. This site consistently has the best prices on this item and you should not be without this tool. ...Read complete review

If you've never used a patternmakers rasp, then run, do not walk to get one. This site consistently has the best prices on this item and you should not be without this tool.
You can spend a small fortune getting a "hand cut" rasp, but unless you are a novelty tool collector there is no reason to go elsewhere.
The (mostly) random location of the cutting teeth is the key to controlling this tool--it won't pull itself into or away from the work, but allows you to guide it where YOU want.
Get the #49 and the #50. You won't be sorry.
Like all files and rasps, should be used with a handle, cleaned properly and stored not in contact with other cutting edges.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Declining Quality?

I use these for roughing in sculpted table legs or chair arms. The first file I received had a definite ridge down one side that made it unusable. When the replacement arrived it had...Read complete review

I use these for roughing in sculpted table legs or chair arms. The first file I received had a definite ridge down one side that made it unusable. When the replacement arrived it had a more subtle occurrence of the same problem. I was able to fettle it into a usable condition but have not had this problem with others. If this is an indication of a slip in QA for Nicholson, it will be a lot easier to add another $10 or $15 and move up to an Auriou or a Dragon.

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1.0

Nicholson?

By Jocy K

from JAPAn

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects

    Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

    I used USA made Nicholson rasps and feel they were great tools.
    But new ones Brazilian made I have gotten are different.
    They have dull cutting edge.
    Unbelievably much different!

    • Primary use:
    • Business
     
    5.0

    Rasp #49

    By Nature Man

    from Redding, CA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Versatile
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Repair
      • Small Projects

      Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

      Purchased to use in shaping a rifle stock. Came highly recommended to me by another woodworker.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Good tool at the right price.

      By Barry

      from Sc

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Projects

          Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

          Works great on shaping gun stocks.

           
          3.0

          Some good. Some bad

          By Kenny

          from Medway, Ohio

          About Me Professional

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Effective
            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

            • Small Projects

            Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

            I have a #49 Nicholson rasp a few years old, made in Brazil. It works fine.

            I recently bought another for a spare thinking it might be sharper being new.
            Also made in Brazil. The teeth don't go out to the edge and the edge don't cut either.

            When I run my thumb against the grain the new one is almost smooth feeling compared to my old one.

            If you don't know how it should perform I don't know how to advise.

            I think some are good and some are bad.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
             
            5.0

            great wood rasp

            By DAVID J

            from GRASS VALLEY, CA

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong
            • Versatile
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Projects
              • Small Projects

              Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

              I built small boats and a good rasp plays an important part in numerous aspects of construction. This rasp is priced right top quality.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Truly a "RASP" as a wood rasp should be!

              By Ron G.

              from Roxboro, NC

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cuts Wood Well
              • Sturdy
              • True Rasp
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

              • Needs Protective Covering

              Best Uses

              • Gun Stocks-roughing

              Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

              I'm in Gunsmithing school and use a few different starter rasp such as a 'Farrier Horse Hoof rasp'. When getting to the shorter and tighter areas requires the No. 49 for perfect use.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
               
              5.0

              Great rasp!

              By Christy

              from Champaign, IL

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong
              • Versatile
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Small Projects

                Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

                I bought this rasp as a gift for my husband after he took a longbow making class. You had the best price online for the Nicholson #50 rasp that he wanted and he has already started making a second bow. Thanks so much for a great product!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                This is the cadillac of rasps

                By Andy

                from Daleville, Alabama

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Works Effectively

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Projects

                  Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

                  I've been just getting by with a generic rasp that was made in china. It was so slow that I'd switch to using sandpaper before going back to that cheap rasp.
                  Finally bit the bullet and got the nicholson rasp after seeing videos of it being used and the apparent ease of wood removal.
                  Gets rid of excess wood fast and is a fine enough cut that you won't spend as much time sanding gouges out of the wood.
                  My favorite woodworking tool now!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  3.0

                  Bought 2, one good, one not

                  By GERALDZ

                  from KANSAS CITY, MO

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Works Effectively

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

                    Bought 2 of these. One was great. The other looked like a factory second. The edges on that rasp were wavy and not cut correctly. I cannot use the edges of that rasp for anything. The flat and round faces were ok. Due to restocking fee and return postage I just decided to keep it. Price was cheaper than anywhere else by a good margin.

                    Overall if you get a good one it is an excellent rasp.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                     
                    5.0

                    a fine cutting tool

                    By Fred

                    from blue bell , pa.

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Works Effectively

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nicholson Cabinet Rasps:

                        I purchased #49 and #50 to use on my next flintlock project. The files remove wood very quickly and are easy to control.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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