Another bowyers question: rasp files

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Spacemonkey

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Where oh where can I get a suitable sized wood rasp for cutting the nocks on the bow?
I've tried all the usual suspects and a few smaller tool shops but nothing but huge ones or needle files for metal. I know they exist as i have scrounged them in the past, but where can I get one now, and what is the ideal diameter??
 

jdlenton

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a round one of these is what you want but where you buy them separately i dont know yet

ah I remember bardster and Chris claycomb have a one each now Chris is in Norway for a week but bardster should be able to tell you where he got his
 

bent-stick

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I find the little rats tail filles don't last. I work a bit with horn and mother of pearl amd they clog and get trashed so I picked up some diamond files (5 for a tenner from the local tool shop. They look a bit like this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001K9TKG

Perhaps buyng 10 just to get the round one might be a bit over the top but you can't own too many tools :)

Having said that, II usually take my nocks out with a knife.
 

jojo

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the other thing you can do , if you want to cut a, let say 6mm nock, is to use a flat batten, 5mm thick, round off one edge to the curve you need and stick some coarse sand paper using double sided carpet tape around the rounded side, its a lot easier to hold than a small dowel and does not break so easily. the batten need to be thinner to accomodate the thickness of the tape and the paper.
Quicker to do than to say! :D
 

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