Stumpy's WS3000 Deluxe Sharpening System

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Project by vrice posted 10-10-2015 09:42 PM 2633 views 17 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 10-11-2015 01:20 AM

Well done.

I have the WS3000 & Stumpy’s plan….
Just haven’t gotten around to building the station yet….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 03:52 PM

I bet Randy is still ahead of me. My WS3000 is still in the box!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 07:25 PM

Thanks for posting this Vic.

I agree with you completely, I have the WS3000 also (love it), and have built the workstation as described in Stumpy’s video and plan. I am really pleased to have all my supplies and accessories in one place and keeping the discs organized. VERY worthwhile.

The only cons I experienced was that after constructing the workstation I realized I would have preferred to allow a little more open area to the right of the machine to allow for better observation of the little window that confirms the angle setting on the under disc guide. This would have required widening the base and drawer slightly during construction. Also I haven’t been that pleased with using the polishing/buffing compounds on the MDF discs finding it hard to get an even coverage that will hopefully be producing a flat surface on my tools and in spite of Stumpy’s remarks about fast cutting action that was not my experience. Because of this I have found I have more confidence in adhering various grades of abrasive discs to the MDF however then they are not as durable as the WS glass discs (even though they afford me to have more abrasive disc options).

I am still experimenting with the various compounds so that issue may yet work itself out. I think the negatives I noted here may be just me and are by far outweighed by the positive features of this ingenious design. So glad to here you are enjoying it!

-- Dave, Clovis CA

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#4 posted 10-24-2015 03:01 PM

Yup, I agree with both your observations. Regarding the angle setting windows, I actually ended up sticking a little piece of wood on the case with a mirror stuck to an angled face. This allows me to easily see it.
Regarding the MDF and buffing compound, I have the exact same result. Not an even coverage at all. However, given its unevenly uneven around the circumference of the disk ( :-) ) I still seem to get an even buffing action on the blades.

-- Vic Rice

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