Work Sharp Sharpening Station

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Project by Andy Panko posted 05-07-2012 02:20 AM 3932 views 23 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had the Work Sharp 3000 for a couple of years. After seeing a bunch of Work Sharp sharpening stations here on LJ, I decided I should make one too. I used the same basic style that most of you here used – the design seems to make a lot of sense, so why fuss with it. With the exception of the knobs, hinges and handles on the sides, I already had all of the material lying around my shop. The bulk of the structure is 3/4” plywood, the draw fronts and door are 3/4” clear pine and the disc storage trays are 1/4” ply.

I also have the Work Sharp hand held knife sharpener (which is awesome, by the way). That and my spare belts fit neatly in the larger drawer. The smaller drawer is for my abrasive cleaning block and other miscellaneous Work Sharp-related stuff I may come across. There are six pull out trays for disc/abrasive storage. Each tray has a 3/8” dowel bored and glued into the center of it to securely hold the discs.

This was a relatively quick and very fun project. Took about three hours all said and done.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 10:51 AM

I have the same tool, and I have been keeping the motor-base and disks in a cardboard box for years. Very nice, you inspire me to do better.
-Any need to have handles for lifting, or places for clamping the unit down?

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Andy Panko

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:16 PM

Chris, yes I added handles on the sides. Very helpful. And the pic doesn’t show it, but I have since attached the unit with hex bolts. But it is sturdy enough without bolts in my opinion.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 04:12 PM

the work sharp has a priority on my list too. very cool set-up

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 07:12 PM

I like the build. I have been thinking of getting one of those sharpening stations.
Thanks for posting.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 10:45 PM

Mine also lives in its original cardboard box. Time to try my hands at something useful like you’ve done : )
Thanks for the great idea !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 11:56 PM

good set up, good job!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 01:19 AM

Nice setup, this will certainly cut some time out of your projects, not having to search through a box, like the rest of us shmoes.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 04:55 PM

I’m always happy seen guys like you building such nice “home” for tools and accessories. This is a great idea and a great job. Hat’s off!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 08:22 PM

congrats, looks good, may have to do one myself.

Anyone know how to tighten the belts on the WS 3000? I sent them an email after having mine for only a week and it is back to making noise again. Am I going to have to take it apart to get this right? They sent me an email to do a quick tighten with the the 4 bolts on top but it’s back to being loose again.


-- Craig

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