|Review by Dave||posted 10-05-2010 05:33 AM||3011 views||3 times favorited||25 comments|
I have been needing another method of sharpening other than by hand. I have been using a 3 and 6 inch grinder for shaping, and Arkansas stone’s for fine tuning. For plane blades, a large piece of glass with assorted grits of wet or dry sandpaper. I have made some jigs for the grinders to get somewhat of a hollow bevel started. And have had some reasonable success with the bevel. As long as I was not dealing with 2 inches or larger. But the stones and my inconsistency of sharpening have been leaving a convex bevel on my chisels.
I want a tormec but do not have the funds. [Just replaced the floor in one of my 121 year old bedrooms] So I cruzed down to sears and bought a worksharp 3000. I gave it 5 stars but I would like to give it 4.8. The ease of setup was great. The DVD video was cool to. You know the attention span of a man and a manual. It went through my 6 chisels in no time. And really showed me how not flat the backs were. It also let me know how not square the tips were. The kit I bought came with 2 glass plates and 1 slotted disk. I would have paid a little more for 2 more slotted disks. With the plates you get to set up 4 different grits. With 1 disk you can only set up 1 grit that you can do curved pieces with. They do give you enough abrasive paper. The machine is unbelievably quiet. I have used it on some low end planes and the results have been great. The ease of the work sharp has me looking around my shop for things to sharpen. So I took my fathers old pairing chisel, a very good steal and have managed to get it to where I can use it for a mirror to shave with my cheaper plane blades. The Work sharp does not leave a hollow bevel but a flat bevel. I really don’t have a problem with that. It is also easy to put a 5 degree micro bevel on 3 different angles.
So if my biggest problem is not enough disks and the need to sharpen more than a 2 inch blade. I guess in need to buy some more accessories. Oh one more thing for shaping you can go through the 120 grit paper in a hurry. Buy some of that first.
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