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Just what do you call a combination chisel and rasp: a raspel or a risel?  Neither — you call it damn handy!   Nicholson packs a chisel, a flat rasp, and a half-round rasp into one useful tool that they call the WoodChuck.  You probably aren’t going to choose this tool for fine woodworking, but stick it in your tool belt and you’ll surely find a dozen uses for it.

A steel strike plate covers the oversized impact-resistant co-molded handle, providing a good striking surface.  Nicholson makes the body itself of forged steel, to keep the chisel extremely sharp and the rasps cutting crisply.  Edge teeth allow you to remove material in confined areas.

Nicholson makes their combination chisel rasp in three sizes: 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ — these dimensions refer to the width of the blade.  You can pay anywhere from $5 to $13 for a single WoodChuck chisel rasp, or pick up the three-piece set for about $20.

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8 Responses to Name That Tool: Raspel?

  1. Dave says:

    I hate these things! You can’t use the damn chisel effectively because of the rasp on the flat side, and using the rasp with two hands requires grabbing the sharp end.

    I have two of these things. I carry one in my toolbelt for the following reason: let someone borrow it and they’ll never ask to borrow anything else, because it sucks so bad. It’s the same reason I chew black licorice gum.

  2. fred says:

    I’d name it USELESS – not long enough to be a good rasp and a terrible chisel to boot

  3. Andy says:

    Yikes – how would you use this thing as a rasp? Aside from the length of the rasp and the quality of the chisel, I rest my non-dominant thumb on the tip of the rasp for more control. If I did that here, and the chisel was even remotely sharp, my thumb could be in big trouble!

    Good chisels and good (i.e. handcut) rasps are both amazing tools, but I’ll appreciate them separately. Just because you CAN combine two things doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

  4. jeff says:

    I used one last night and it worked great in both cases. I doing some light demo and rebuild of a wall that furs out the block wall in my basement. I had a small area of water damage and the base plate was rotten. I use the chisel part to take off the rotten bits and then the rasp part when I left the new piece a hair long. I sure wasn’t going to use my good chisel in the situation (against concrete). The cheap ones worked perfectly.

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  6. Blair says:

    I can see where something like this would have value, not for fine woodworking, or even shop use, where better tools for the job are readily at hand.

    But on a job site I often carry both a utility chisel, and a four in hand rasp for rougher type work, and something like this could not only reduce the load by a small margin, but also free up some space in an already over crowded belt.

    I will at least give them a close look next time out, and probably try them

  7. Mel E. says:

    It was great to carry for punchout, not carrying a lot of tools is a good thing. The aren’t the best chisels or best rasps, but far from the worst as well. Putting a good edge on the chisel was simple and it held the edge well.

  8. Jim says:

    I have one on my woodworking bench and use it regularly. Often because I need both tools for a small task I am doing. I’ll knock down and rough fit an ill fitting joint with the rasp, then clean it up with the chisel. Of course, on a larger or repetitive task, I will use the respective dedicated tool. It takes an edge very nicely. If it became misplaced, I would make a special effort to replace it.

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