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I can see it clearly now....

I can see it clearly now....

12-17-2010 05:24 AM by gko | 14 comments »

This is actually a review of two products. I had bought a cheap little Pocket Microscope from Lee Valley that was about $10. Took a look at some of my blades and found problems that explained why they weren’t cutting as nicely. It was really fascinating. It has an LED light that is above the object which illuminated the blade clearly. It has a base that easily comes off which is how I use it. I highly recommend it to any one that sharpens his own tools. It is extremely cheap and ...

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DMT's Magna-Disc Sharpening System honing system

DMT's Magna-Disc Sharpening System honing system

12-12-2011 03:19 AM by Dave | 21 comments »

I have a worksharp 3000. {review of worksharp 3000} I use it every time I am in the shop. It is great for touch-up on a chisel and your right back to work. Because I hone more than anything else, I was in need to replace my 1000 and 3600 grits. If you get the replacements from Worksharp it can get pricey. The 1000 is a dollar and the 3600 is about five bucks. So I found DMT’s Magna-Disc Sharpening System for about 50 bucks from amazon. I received it and followed the directions in the b...

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Great Honing Guide

Great Honing Guide

12-12-2010 05:37 PM by cut3times | 3 comments »

This is from the hand written notes of Richard: The blade is clamped onto and makes contact with the underside of the two stainless steel location rods, these being the primary location datum. How far the cutting edge projects determines the honing angle. For example clamp up at 5/8” (16mm) and the blade will make an angle of 25 degrees to the sharpening surface. Measurement is taken from the side of the stainless steel rod to the cutting edge. A strip of wood with an accurate shoulder cou...

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Leaves a rough finish

Leaves a rough finish

09-06-2011 03:25 PM by DurocShark | 9 comments »

http://www.harborfreight.com/120-volt-circular-saw-blade-sharpener-96687.html Haven’t seen anybody review this, so I thought I’d give it a go. I posted it on my blog a while back, but nobody reads that. ;-) I’d been looking at this sharpener for years at HF. Sending my carbide blades out can get expensive so I needed a way to do the work myself. You can only block the teeth with a diamond card so many times… I picked it up on sale for $59. When I got it and...

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WS3000 Wide Blade Attachment - Fixed!

WS3000 Wide Blade Attachment - Fixed!

07-20-2010 03:42 AM by BigJimAK | 17 comments »

I recently picked up a WorkSharp 3000 after trying my hand at tuning some bevel-up Veritas 3/16” thick A2 steel plane blades. The instructions say to attach the wide blade guide, leveling it with the sharpening sandpaper. Unfortunately, it won’t go down that far, because the inside of some of the supports squeeze against a raised piece of the machine. Sooo… I got out my Dremel and a carborundum cutting wheel and trimmed them back. I’ve attached a picture showing where ...

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They need to rework the way it sits on WorkSharp 3000

They need to rework the way it sits on WorkSharp 3000

04-01-2010 04:31 PM by Eric_S | 7 comments »

So I just got the WS3000 this weekend and had a chance to play around with it. This thing is amazing, I have been rehoning all my chisels and plane irons less than 2” in assembly line fashion (all backs at 120 grit, then bevels, then all backs at 400 grit, then bevels, and so on). This thing is amazing, super easy to use, and very quick compared to the manual Scary Sharp method. Now onto the wide blade attachment that I purchased for my 2 3/8” plane iron at $69.99 The angl...

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Piss poor results

Piss poor results

10-21-2012 06:09 AM by Richard | 34 comments »

Let me start out by saying I wanted to like the WS2000. I read the reviews here and elsewhere and was sold on the idea that it was going to make sharpening of plane irons and chisels easier. Previously I have practiced the “scary sharp” method of sharping on progressively finer grits of sandpaper utilizing an inexpensive honing guide. My biggest frustration with the honing guide was the poor ability to obtain consistent results. I will say this in the WS2000’s favor. I...

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Honing Guide

Honing Guide

03-31-2011 01:49 PM by dbray45 | 10 comments »

Bought this and was very surprised. My other honing guide clamps on the sides and edges for the larger blades and has a triangle to hold the smaller chisels and blades. This honing guide clamps on the flat side of the blade and holds it. The guide I give 5 stars. The guide comes with a piece of stick on rubber which I put on the anvil of the guide so that the blade does not move around. The anvil, as I call it, has scribed lines to show if your blade is square to the guide, the rubber ...

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3M Microfinishing Film for tool sharpening

3M Microfinishing Film for tool sharpening

09-20-2012 06:33 AM by Purrmaster | 7 comments »

I bought this stuff from Tools for Working Wood a couple of months ago and have been using it since: http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/THS/item/ST-MAF.XX/3M_Micro_Abrasive_Film__for_Scary_Sharpening_-_PSA This finishing film from 3M is used in place of sandpaper for Scary Sharp. The grit of these are measured in microns. Tools for Working Wood has an article that gives a rough equivalency to the water stone grits. I.e. 1 micron is equivalent to a 1,000 grit stone. Please...

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Nice and flat ... once I flattened it

Nice and flat ... once I flattened it

04-01-2008 05:12 AM by johnjoiner | 11 comments »

I had been using sandpaper on a test plate to flatten my water stones. I found myself avoiding flattening the stones because of the time to set up and the mess. So I bought the Norton flattening stone. The price was right, $27 after a 10% off at Rockler. I almost didn’t check it. After all the instructions say, “engineered for superb flatness.” But before I gave the flattening stone it’s maiden voyage I slapped the straight edge onto it. Not even close. The f...

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