A set of profile rough rasps are excellent for smoothing along the edge of your band saw or scroll saw cut relief carving blanks. Their coarse teeth quickly remove the harsh edges left from the cut-out process. Personally, I often use my rasps for cleaning the inside of craft gourds that I will be carving as they quickly remove the seed fibers that adheres to the inside walls of the gourd.
Dental picks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and profiles. Their sharp points are perfect for teasing out the wood fiber left in the relief carving undercut. A dental pick can be used to smooth deep v-trough cuts by laying the tool with the point up into the trough and pulling the tool through the cut with pressure. The narrow, fine steel edge presses the rough fibers back into position inside of the trough. Dental picks can be sharpened along the edge to give you a small, tight cutting area.
Rifflers are small, profiled metal files that are wonderful for those fine sanding chores in your relief wood carving and whittling. The curved profiles allow you to reach into tight areas while accepting the curve of the wood as you work. These small files have a very fine grit to the tooth patterns and are equivalent to 220- to 320-grit sandpaper.
These small, straight metal files, also called Jeweler files or Needle files, have a fine-grit tooth as the rifflers. This set comes with triangular center ridges, bowed centers, and with square shapes and can be used to create crisp, sharp center lines to your v-gouge or round gouge work.
Page 1 – Bench Knives, Detailers, and Whittling Knives
Page 2 – Beginner Carving Tool Sets
Page 3 – Rasps, Rifflers, Dental Picks
Page 4 – General, Tracing, and Sanding Supplies