A huge challenge for me was to restore the BIGGEST Rasp in the world with a few hand tools. I have never seen such a big rasp and so heavy. The rasp is produced in the USA, 1878 was registered trademark Western files. It is hard to know when it was produced exactly but it is definitely very old.
About the biggest rasp in the world!
After taking measures I was speechless. 28” (71 cm) is long including the handle and 24” (61 cm) the rasp itself. It weighs 64,40 oz or 1827 g. Also I can see that this rasp is hand crafted from quality steel.
The rasp is generally in good condition with absence of surface rust. The handle looks worn and dirty as well as an aluminium ring. It looks like someone replaced the handle recently, maybe in the past 10-20 years.
In the video below you can enjoy watching how I hand restored the biggest rasp in the world!
Advertising material for the Great Western Files is without the handles and this indicates that the factory sold only files and rasps without the handles. If you are lucky to find one, they probably will have a different handle from the other or none.
After extensive research I haven’t found one single information about the rasp in this size and I really wonder why it is so big? Who could use it and for what? Was the rasp a commercial item to be displayed. If you have any info, please let me know! Furthermore, It would be great help to understand more about this huge rasp.
The Restoration Process
I started by removing the handle from the rasp. The handle fell out after a few hits with the wooden mallet. So, I was able to remove the aluminium ring from the wooden handle and started removing loose rust from the rasp. To remove deeper rust I submerged the rasp in 35% vinegar overnight. That did the trick perfectly as always.
I cleaned the rasp quite well with a steel brush. Took me a while by hand but I was very pleased with the result. To protect the metal surface, I applied the thin layer of machine oil. As a result, that gave a nice and rich reflection.
After that I sanded the handle and the aluminium ring with 120 grit and 180 afterwards. Polished on my hand crank grinder. I wanted to give a character to the wooden handle because it is plain. So, I made two new wooden handles for pyrography to burn four rings. Attached the bits and heated them with a torch burner.
Beside burning four rings on the handle I made a circular brass ¨coin¨ and stamped FFD on it. Then I glued it at the end of the handle. In addition to protect the wood I applied a layer of teak oil, paraffin oil and homemade beeswax polish. Wow, the look of the handle was amazing. Finally I joined the handle and the rasp with a rubber mallet.
The result after restoration
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