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worksharp tool sharpener - first impressions segment 2

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 11-05-2007 09:07 PM 3500 reads 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realized that I needed decent way to hang on to the correct angle on the worksharp.
I began looking for a tool holder to use with it but alas, there were none available and Lee Valley’s holder would not work with this sharpener.

Here’s what I came up with:

I bought an extra ($10.00) hand held jig rather than make one as time is not my best friend.

wrkshp-rest1++
Next I stripped the roller assembly off the holder.
wrkshrp-rest2

I got a suitable piece of UHMW and marked it out for milling on the router table.

wrkshrp-rest6

The picture shows it milled to fit over the guide bar on the Worksharp.

Here’s a pic of the jig assembled and ready for use:
wrkshrp-rest7

Looks like I have the control I need now for my hand plane blades.

Cheers

Bob

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



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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-05-2007 09:34 PM

Good one, Bob. I’ll start on mine as soon as I can get to town. Now, where did you get the blade holding jig?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-05-2007 09:51 PM

Bob. I assume that the rotation of the disk is anti-clockwise. Have you thought about placing a stop/square on the right side of the jig, rather than relying upon a penciled line – this would allow the plane blade to register in the same place every time, thus eliminating one more variable in the set-up and make for more repeatable sharpening and Honing.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#3 posted 11-05-2007 10:12 PM

Thom:
I thought these were common stock. Maybe not. If you are stuck I will toss one in the mail to you.

Tony, I’m not sure what you mean by penciled line? The jig rests on the adjustable tool bar and now can only slide back and forth on the bar. I am hoping that will eliminate wobbles in the plane angles.
Take another look at my last pic wher you cansee the tool bar (black) sitting in the groove in the jig.(yellow)

Bob

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

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mot

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#4 posted 11-05-2007 10:16 PM

Bob, I think Tony means getting the blade square in the jig for clamping. It’s a good work around for wider irons. Nice job!

-- 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 11-05-2007 10:48 PM

Bob. It is the interface between the Blade/Iron being sharpened and the Jig. At the moment you line up the side of the iron with a mark scribed on the jig face. Replace that scribed line with a fixed surface, which would allow the iron to be set square (or at least set precisely to the same angle) every time to mount the Blade/Iron (repeatability).

This would remove one of the possible errors that could occur when resharpening. Errors are possible in the X, Y & Z axis

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#6 posted 11-06-2007 12:46 AM

Ah yes! Tony I get you now.
I’m going to do that soon as I get the rotational angle coplanar with the surface of the grinding disk.
The tricky part is to get the tool rest parallel with the disk surface them mount the jig so it lays the blade down parallel too.
That should allow me to place a squaring block on the jig face where the black line is now.
I would like that part to be adjustable for width but I haven’t figured out a simple way yet.

Any thoughts gratefully recieved.

Cheers
Bob

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

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#7 posted 11-06-2007 04:28 AM

Nice improvement design.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#8 posted 11-06-2007 06:16 AM

Nice work-around Bob!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 11-06-2007 12:08 PM

Great idea Bob – thanks for sharing it. I am going to start looking for a cheap guide and make one for my Work Sharp. By the way – have any of you guys with a Work Sharp tried sharpening any lathe tools with yours yet? Just curious how well it would work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#10 posted 11-06-2007 02:33 PM

Cajunpenwrote:”have any of you guys with a Work Sharp tried sharpening any lathe tools”

I gave it try the day I opened the box and it works quite well with the ventilated disk and papers.
I will need a couple more discs for various grits however.
P.s. in this procedure, with curved tools including carvers, you sharpen from the bottom and can see the edge thruogh the rotating disk.

Bob

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

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#11 posted 11-06-2007 08:33 PM

I saw the Video Demo showing this “transparent” window for sharpening underneath – it looked pretty cool idea, but I am going to stick with my Tormek 2000 for the time being. Good luck with fine tuning of the Worksharp.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#12 posted 11-06-2007 09:12 PM

Hi Tony:
There is a German company selling a see through diamond disk mounts on your electri drill.
It too looks like it would work for roughing at least.

bob

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

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Tony

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#13 posted 11-08-2007 07:36 PM

Ouch on the Price – even with a favorable ER that is an expensive disk.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#14 posted 11-08-2007 08:03 PM

Hi Tony:
There is something about that German economy that makes the retail pricing abnormally high.
I admit that some or the products deserve a better price but it does not hold true for all of them

Cheers
Bob

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

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#15 posted 02-15-2008 04:49 AM

I’m going to have to make one of these Bob. Great addition to the WS. I already have the Wixey angle guage.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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