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New Sharpening System.... Maybe? #4: I Lied...

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Blog entry by HokieKen posted 06-12-2017 12:10 PM 1503 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this isn’t to be a full entry but, just on the off-chance this blog happens to actually influence anyone’s decision about a Work Sharp, I wanted to post a brief update/retraction.

I’ve not really been using this machine for anything other than the chisel port to do chisels and small plane irons in the last week or so. I will do more comparison testing in the future but right now, I’m just too busy. However, I must recant a bit of my last post. The wide blade attachment actually DOES WORK QUITE WELL!

I’m not sure exactly what the root cause of my trouble with it was initially. I did a bit of searching last week on how folks have modified these sharpeners and what kinds of stands and jigs they’ve used. I noticed however that a whole lot of people use this machine solely with the wide blade attachment. Well if so many use it so much, why did it flop so bad for me?

Here’s a few possible reasons:
  1. Table is a PITA to get set properly. I took great pains to get it set flush with the disc and then snugged up the locking screws. I checked again and it was canted. Well, it turns out that I had to do a little grinding on the bottom of the table to prevent it moving when locked. There was some interference that caused it to “ride” up the locating slots when the screws were tightened. Initally I just didn’t tighten the locking screws very tight. The table felt like it was still sitting solid but, I have to wonder if it was rocking or moving a bit during use.
  2. The table isn’t perfectly flat. It has a slight hollow in the center. It’s not much. The WS honing guide has the rollers spread wide apart. I think that negates any effects. However, at first I was trying to use my Veritas guide which has a narrower roller in the center. The hollow may have been skewing the guide depending on position. I think I’ll flatten the table and try that guide again.
  3. The Hock iron I was using was just too hard to be effectively ground. I’ll try it again after getting the setup finalized.

Anyway, long-story-short, my research prompted me to discover the above issues. I ground the bottom of the table and got it set in-plane with the abrasive disc and tightened down securely. I also re-checked it every time I changed discs to be sure there wasn’t any change due to differences in thickness of the abrasives. No problems so far in that area. This time I sharpened a vintage iron from my Millers Falls #10 plane. The iron is 2 3/8”, same as the Hock iron I tried initally.

Worked beautifully! It actually straightened out the slightly out-of-square edge that was on there. I will try the Hock iron again next time it needs honing just to see. I have a feeling it was just a sloppy set up on my first go-round.

Just wanted to post this and let everyone know that while it requires some pretty “finicky” set up, the wide blade attachment really does work well once you get that accomplished!

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



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