Smoked Oak Rasps


I prefer to make my own socket handles rather than stick with the one that came from the manufacturer. I can shape them to fit my hand and my working style, and I can use a dense hardwood of choice, such as hickory, ash, or oak. Most of the time I make custom handles on the lathe.

With one handle completed for a model, the second and any subsequent handles can be made much faster, as there is less trial-and-error during the shaping progress. The first handle takes me about 45 minutes to shape and sand; the second one will take 25 minutes. Don’t try to go fast, take your time, learn as you go and enjoy yourself.

This project contains two new Smoked Oak handles for a set of rasps.

Finish: Danish Oil

Berrie van den Hoofdakker
Wijchen, The Netherlands

Woodworking matters. It's more than a hobby—being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects and that you're as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention and take the time to do things right.