|Review by kajunkraft||posted 01-08-2014 03:41 AM||2121 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Like many woodworkers I know, sharpening chisels is a hit-or-miss proposition, or you buy an expensive “system”. The Worksharp 3000 is about $200, which from what I have seen is a not too costly option.
I am very much more a power tool woodworker than a hand tool woodworker. I rarely use chisels
so have not been too concerned about them. Recently have needed them and was really disappointed with the results and decided it was time to get them set up right.
Although I’m in south Louisiana, we too have been affected by the polar vortex. It’s been in the low 30’s here all day; other areas have been worse, I know, but pretty cold for us! So I decided my heated dining room would be a better place to do this than my cold, cold shop.
Yes, today is the first day of using the Worksharp 3000, but I worked on 12 chisels that were badly in need of attention. If the machine falls into pieces in the next few months I will certainly get back on here and update.
However, I can tell you that the 12 chisels that I sharpened today are Scary Sharp. And it was pretty quick & easy.
There was nothing to the set-up. Operation is pretty simple as well. I really like the glass discs which should never develop scoop-out and remain flat forever. I didn’t bring home a means to determine the angle, but I believe 25 degrees is pretty standard for chisels, so this is the setting that I used.
Four stars (vs. 5) is because it seemed there is a little “slop” in the insertion area. You dial in a width for your blade but there was “too tight” and “too loose” and I couldn’t seem to find the perfect setting. So it seems like the chisels kind of slopped around a little. But they look great and are scary sharp. As soon as my woodworking buddies find out that I have this machine, I’m sure they will want to try it out.