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:
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:
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.
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