Work Sharp 2000 Stand #1: Design

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Blog entry by dschlic1 posted 05-07-2013 06:35 PM 2345 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the weekend I scored a Work Sharp 2000 off of Craig’s List. $40 for a new in the box unit. Using the included abrasives, I put a fairly good edge on my chisels and plane. I quickly saw the need to go to finer grades of abrasives. I also wanted to find a way to sharpen kitchen knives with this unit. After a search of the web, I found both.

Amazon sells packages of ten sanding disks in the finer grits. I purchased a ten pack of 400 grit and a ten pack of 1000 grit 6” PSA sanding disks. Cost with shipping is about the same as I could purchase the Work Sharp fine abrasives kit.

I found a Work Sharp stand for the WS3000 model at the “Blue Collar Woodworking” website. I liked that design, so I modified it for the WS2000. I also added some additional guides for sharpening knives and chisels. I designed the stand in Sketchup. Here is an image of the finished design:

You can access the Sketchup model here.

I designed the stand using 1/2” MDF and 3/16” hard board. I have a PDF of the plans for this stand. Unfortunately I do not see a way to post that file here. If you are interested, send me a message with you e-mail and I will e-mail you a copy.

I my next post I will have some photos of the construction.

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 03:58 PM

I’ve never used a Worksharp, either the 2000 or the 3000 model. That said, I’ve looked into them both extensively in preparation for a future upgrade.

The consensus here on LJs and on other forums is that the 2000 model isn’t suited to sharpening high grade woodworking tools. Apparently its motor operates at twice the RPMS as the 3000, which can ruin the heat treat on your steel extremely fast. This makes it better suited for sharpening blades that require considerably less finesse, like lawnmower blades or axes.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 05:56 PM

The WS2000 comes with 80 and 220 girt papers. I have already sharpened two wood chisels and a small block plane using these two grits. All tools were in very bad condition. Using the WS recommended technique, no over heating (warm to touch but not hot). Over the weekend I will start cutting wood for the stand, and at that time I will give the tools a final sharpening with 400, 100 grit and possibly jeweler’s rouge. I will probably post a review of my experiences.

So at this time overheating does not appear to be a problem.

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