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New Sharpening System.... Maybe? #3: Wide Blade Attachment... meh

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Blog entry by HokieKen posted 06-02-2017 06:49 PM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry but no pics on this one. I didn’t really intend to blog this part because I thought I would do a more structured analysis later but, I don’t think that’s necessary.

I have a 2 3/8” plane iron I needed to sharpen last week in my jointer plane. The iron is a Hock iron and I never got it completely flat because I just got tired of trying. I have been using David Charlesworth’s “ruler trick” and it’s been fine. But since the WS flattened my chisels so nicely, I thought I may as well go ahead and try this one. Well, I wasn’t disappointed. It took a little longer than it took with the chisel but, still leaps and bounds better than grinding it on my diamonds.

So all good there. Well, now it’s time to hone the bevel. The port on the WS only handles blades up to 2” wide. Mine came with the wide blade attachment so I decided to use it. I’ll be keeping my diamonds. I didn’t like it at all.

First I used my Veritas honing guide since I have a jig to set the angle I want. I couldn’t get even wear across the bevel. Well, the guide that came with the WS leaves a lot more blade length sticking out so I thought maybe that was the key. Nope. Same issue using their guide. FWIW though, that guide is a very nice piece that’s easy to set and clamps down well. Very well made and well designed. I’m liable to keep it for use on my stones.

I never could get even wear. I think the issue is with the wider blades, you’re grinding at a much faster rate near the middle of the wheel than near the outside. It doesn’t make a noticeable difference, in my experience thus far, with chisels. However, I think I’ll continue to hone my wide plane irons on my diamond plates for now. I will dress the back side on any new ones I get on the WS though.

Another note about the wide blade attachment: At first I simply could NOT get the table set flush with the top of the disk. Now, this is a big problem. If they’re not flush, you won’t get the proper angle on the bevel. If they’re not parallel, you won’t get the bevel square. Well, after considerable efforts and cursing, it turns out that I had to do a bit of grinding on the table where it mates up with the machine housing. After I did that, it was fairly easy to get it set properly with the leveling screws. Still a design issue on Work Sharp’s part that hopefully has been addressed on models currently being produced.

One final issue I see with the wide blade attachment is if you use the leather stropping disc. Because of the thickness of the leather, the top of the strop will be proud of the table. This means to use it with the guide, you would have to reset the table height or move the blade in the guide by some unknown amount.

So far, Work Sharp:1, Diamonds:1. Worksharp gets the chisels. DMT gets the wide plane irons. Next I’ll try it out on a 2” plane iron. I think the machine is simply trying to stretch to handle the wider blades. Now, I need to find out where the line is between what it handles well and what it can’t. I’ll also report in on turning tools at some future date. I’m not really keeping a schedule on this blog. It’s more informal. Just trying this new sharpener out as the need arises and time permits and reporting back for anyone who’s interested.

Thanks for checking in!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!



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#1 posted 06-02-2017 07:20 PM

<cough><workbench>......

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#2 posted 06-02-2017 10:30 PM

In my defense, I noticed it was time to sharpen the iron when I was jointing the stretchers for my bench. Hopefully I’ll at least get the shot ones mortised into the legs this weekend!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 06-03-2017 06:07 AM

Well at least I beat you, it’s taken me forever. Mybtable and benches are done. Well, they need finish put on them all and the bench tops and table tops mounted with the figure 8 things. Some pieces have some coats of finish but not all yet. This weekend I’ll be keeping up on that.

Otherwise, it’s built, no more pieces.

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#4 posted 06-03-2017 07:18 PM

Can’t wait to see it! I’m chopping the last mortise for the short stretchers now. Hopefully get the long ones milled and mortised in this week. Then it’ll be functional if not completely finished.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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