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Looks like a useful tool. Anyone use one?

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Oct 18, 2019 - 8:44:46 AM
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Oct 18, 2019 - 8:49:31 AM

555 posts since 5/19/2018

Yes. Years and years ago. I at the time it was a very old tool. My friend who was a cabinet maker had one. I don’t own one, but may soon as you posted the link. This would have been in the mid 70’s, and the tool was old then. Used it for table legs and corners.

Also used it when polishing. Would put pieces of cloth or cloth with rotten stone for final finishing.

Should work great on banjo necks.

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:21:17 AM

7422 posts since 1/7/2005

Originally posted by gottasmilealot

Bow sander.

It can't do anything that can't be done faster with a rasp, file and palm sander. 

There are plenty of other options. For not much more money you can pick up one of these that I think you would find more useful. As a bonus, if you remove the platen behind the sanding belt you have a handy knife sharpener:


Oct 18, 2019 - 12:13:52 PM

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I have several belt sanders and would never use a rasp.

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:46:08 PM
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14579 posts since 3/27/2004

Originally posted by gottasmilealot

I have several belt sanders and would never use a rasp.

Jason Romero once said that the 20 minutes he spends with a Nicholson #50 to shape a neck is one of the most enjoyable aspects of banjo building.

I personally wouldn't have any desire shaping a neck by sanding.

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:06:05 PM
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1875 posts since 2/7/2008

I use a spokeshave to shape a neck. It can take off just a very thin shaving, allowing me to make mistakes more slowly...

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:21:06 PM
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11944 posts since 8/30/2006

I make my own out of wooden hangers
I made a small one using a float handle
Very useful

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:03:34 AM

3612 posts since 5/12/2010

I have a small one I made which I use for final shaping and smoothing around the volute and heal of a neck and such as that. I find it a very useful tool.

For neck shaping I mostly use rasps and files, and a spindle sander for certain steps. I would never think about using a belt sander for neck shaping, but I know people do so with good results so I guess it is a matter of which tools one is comfortable with.

I have a medium, and coarse pair of Italian made hand struck rasps that are a pleasure to use, and a big old coarse half round file I use to smooth out the rasp marks, true things up, and refine the shape.

For those who may not know, a rasp with hand struck teeth will produce a much smoother surface than a machine struck rasp because the teeth are more randomly spaced.

My father was a bit of a hoarder and even though he died in 2003 I still have boxes and crates of stuff from his place. I never know what is in these until I open one up, which I do when the mood hits me. I did not pack the boxes, so never know what to expect sometimes treasure, sometimes trash.

A couple of weeks ago I opened one to find some of the tools he used in rifle making. Among that I found an excellent tool for neck work. It is a combination rasp and file, with the handle in the middle and curved ends where the teeth are on both sides of the curves. It too is Italian made and the curve is perfectly suited to the neck profile I use. This little tool cuts through wood like butter. It is about eight inches long with the handle plenty big enough for my big hands, so very comfortable and easy to control.

I used it on a neck I shaped yesterday and am very pleased with the result.

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:53:38 AM
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11944 posts since 8/30/2006

We make hand made music with our hand made instruments.
I like the "touch" of hand tools, I like taking a little extra trouble.


Oct 19, 2019 - 1:45:43 PM



112 posts since 3/9/2017

As used by bow weevils?

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