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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 11-03-2007 03:21 PM 2607 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased this sharpener at our local wood show last week and have it out of the box
and pressed into service.

First impressions are favourable .
I has an adjustable guide for setting the proper cutting angle and deburring the blade set on click stops in the base.
It has a see through wheel for grinding curved chisels and the like.
It comes with a pair of glass plates which I immediately realized should be a minimum of three.
I will pick up more today.
All in all it a pretty decent device.
Here are some of the shortcomings for me.
1. The ratcheting angle area is too narrow for many plane blades. It would be better served with a 2-1/2” mouth at the least.
There seems to be room for this so I am wondering if the designers had a reason for not doing it

2. There is no method to keep the blades at the right angle and flat to the table except finger pressure. This leads to skewing of the blades and worse producing multi angled facets on the blade due to uneven pressure.

Here’s what I did to overcome this:
wrkshp2
I found that this generic tool guide rode the tool bar on the Worksharp well enough to stabilize the blade against the abrasive. Fortunately, with this guide there was crevice between the top and the roller guide that the tool rest could sit in. I was able to move the tool back and forth the full width of the abrasive and keep the angle set with the Wixey guage.

Next step was getting the angle down right:

wrkshp1-
I used my Wixey gauge which is a tad big for the space but I will take that into account with the final jig.
Here’s a shot of the initial grind using this jig for a positioner:

wrkshp3

And here’s a shot of my final cut. It could use some additional honing and TLC but right now I am concentrating on making this machine work .
wrkshp4

First impressions:
Not a bad tool but it definitely needs some more thought re the mounting and set up of the more common woodworking tools
A tool jig similar to the lee Valley Veritas sharpening system is a must and should be offered even if it has to be an extra item.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner



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#1 posted 11-03-2007 03:30 PM

Hey, Bob, Check again. My Worksharp takes 2 inch plane irons. Yours is identical and should as well. Thanks for he tip on using the top rack. I didn’t like what I got from that either.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-03-2007 03:39 PM

I was wondering about that too, Tom. According to the Worksharp Website: The WS3000 sharpens chisel and plane blades up to 2” wide to a perfect 20°, 25°, 30° or 35° bevel angle without any set up time! It also allows you to sharpen a perfect 5° micro-bevel for even faster re-honing.

Bob, is there a quality control issue that you see with the tool that your tool gate doesn’t allow for a 2” iron?

I wonder if you could use the guide from the Mk.II system to ride the top tool post. It is designed to ride the tool post…if not, maybe it can be used as a template to make one specific to the Worksharp’s tool post.

When I purchased the Mk.II, I felt it could stand to have three platters as well. Three platters and three toolrests would have been even better. It looks like they’d be happy to sell me more though. :)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 11-03-2007 03:47 PM

Maybe I’m thinking 2-1/4” Thom.
I tried to set the blade from my #6 in there and no luck. (busy week)
I’ll check that today and let you know .

Tom, I have to look at that rest but it seems the arms are too long for the Worksharp.
I think the abrasive discs are smaller?
At any rate the one I showed in the pics can be modified but taking the roller bearing off and replacing that side with a piece of HDPE shaped to the tool rest.
Part of my errands this AM ;-)

Bob

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#4 posted 11-03-2007 04:03 PM

It looks like a nice finish on the tool, though.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 11-03-2007 04:39 PM

I can see where I skipped a grit.

Bob

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#6 posted 11-03-2007 04:59 PM

That’s why they call them, “first impressions.” LOL

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#7 posted 11-03-2007 08:51 PM

I went down to the store that sold me the Worksharp this morning to get additional sanding disks and and extra glass backing.
The clerk who was designated as ‘head honcho’ for the day gazed off into the distance and gave me that ”don’t bother me I’m waiting to be discovered by hollywood look” and told me they don’t stock any abrasives for that model and they had to be ordered.
I rapidly brought him up to speed by telling him that I just purchased it last Saturday at the wood show and fully expected something to work with today.

O.K. I was a bit more enthusiastic than mere computer screens transmit.

Soon they were cannibalizing the stock units to fill my request.
I am back in business and did leave a number where I could be reached should they desire payment for the stock I removed.

Now back to the shop to make a tool holder .

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 11-03-2007 10:03 PM

good one, Bob. That’s almost as much fun as smashing Cosman’s dovetails. Your #6 has a 2 3/8 wide iron. Dat’s why it don’t go in da little doohicky. Sure hope the clerks aren’t having trouble finding clean underwear!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 11-03-2007 10:24 PM

Hi Bob

Is the work sharp able to accomodate planer and jointer blades?

Thanks for the tip on using the Wixey guage for setting up the angle – I use the Wixey guage for a lot of set-ups, but never thought about the sharpening system. Keep them comming

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#10 posted 11-03-2007 10:49 PM

Wayne, I’m as gentle as a lamb.

I have to admit I do have a short fuse for disinterest and deliberate stupidity.
I seem more able to communicate if there is a mild hint of fear in the air and that is a shame.

Bob

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#11 posted 11-03-2007 10:52 PM

Tony, I am not sure it is the best solution as the discs are only 14.5 cm and realistically you can only hone on one side of the full circle.
Someone will make a small fortune with a larger disc and perhaps motor.

Bob

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#12 posted 11-05-2007 05:04 PM

Bob…that group at House of Tools can really make you smash your head against a wall. When we were at the Woodshow, I asked if they had a Performax sander at the show. I was told, no. I have spent thousands there over the years, as they are really the only game in town…until Busy Bee showed up…but Marson was never interested in selling anything. It’s a tough place to buy anything from, that’s for sure. Do you remember the paperwork gestapo lady…I said we were checked out by the “grumpy one.” She replied, “Sadly that doesn’t narrow it down for me.” Oh well, you got what you need!

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#13 posted 11-05-2007 05:57 PM

“the grumpy one” .. sigh

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#14 posted 11-05-2007 09:43 PM

House of Tools represented about 30% of the Wood show here.
I found it surprising as did Mot that they were able to take the orders, process the credit cards , lodge the goods with duplicate invoices for later pick up and then——demand to see the original prior to release.
Mot at least is very intelligent and intuitive so had we been told the requirements over the space of a half dozen separate purchases at least one of us could have complied.
Having a large hissy fit behind the show curtains did not hasen the process or eliminate the misunderstanding either.
It’s hard to find good help today.

bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#15 posted 11-06-2007 03:33 AM

I notice that Woodcraft is offering a free Glass disk via mail-in offer. I don’t know if woodcraft is offering it or the manufacturer is offering it. It might pay to give them a call.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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