There’s a lot to be gained by adding rasps and files to your tool kit: greater speed and control in shaping curved or sculptural elements, and dramatically reduced sanding time. No danger of tearout, either. The care and cleaning of these tools isn’t complicated, and in this article Mario Rodriguez explains how to do both. He talks about what they’re used for, what a basic selection of files and rasps includes, and what rifflers are.

From Fine Woodworking #113