|Project by vrice||posted 10-10-2015 09:42 PM||1726 views||16 times favorited||4 comments|
I’m just posting this for those folks that may not be aware of this jewel from James Hamilton (a.k.a. Stumpy Nubs). I have been using the old “scary sharp” setup for years and decided to upgrade. The WS3000 is basically the scary sharp idea on steroids. AND by housing it in this workstation designed by Stumpy, it REALLY increases the capability of the WS3000.
I’ll not give you all the details here. You can find it all at Stumpy's site.
I have been using this setup for several weeks now. It is as close to idiot proof as I have experienced. And it accommodates every sharpening need I have, SAVE ONE. For long knives/blades I use my Makita 9820-2 Wet Sharpening System. Works great for planer and joiner knives.
BUT for everything else it this new WS3000 setup.
One little nit on Stumpy’s original design and video. He calls for using 1/2” MDF for the disks. During the build one needs to shim the WS3000 so the top of the sharpening disk is level with the top platform. I did this shimming using the glass disk provided with the system. Well these glass disks are not 1/2” thick, more like 7/16. So when I mount one of the MDF disks, I have a misalignment. This is of no consequence if you are using the underside, which is what one uses for most chisels and plane blades. But when using the top platform, along with a honing guide, you just need to pay attention to this alignment issue when setting the honing guide. I included a couple of pics that illustrate this alignment issue.
But, other than that small issue, I LOVE THIS THING!
-- Vic Rice