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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 11-17-2015 12:16 AM 497 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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11-17-2015 12:16 AM

One of the biggest pains I have is sharpening tools. I’ve tried glass & sandpaper (surface tension w/ water, or glue, etc) and it works, but seems to be a pain in the butt. Sandpaper gets all curly, glass gets bumped and cracked, sharpening jig doesn’t seem to keep a reliable square. So I’m investigating a solution to quickly and reliably touch up sharpening tools without making a mess. I used granite also, and that seems to work well, but has many of the same problems.

I’d love a solution where the sharpening system is set out and ready to go, because I get totally distracted with my current system and sharpening becomes too much of a project.

So far, the WorkSharp 3000 looks great. My expectation is that it can sharpen chisels and planes very easily. And, it should scoot back behind my miter saw fence line very nicely.

Is it more of a hassle than I’m understanding it to be?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com


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oldnovice

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 12:58 AM

I think you will find all your questions answered on this site as found reviews and forums on the ”WorkSharp 3000” by just a search on this site!

I think you will be surprised how many there are!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 12:26 PM

It is not a hassle at all. Especially for chisels and plane irons, it’s the first of the several options I have available that I grab. As you ponder the purchase, consider buying some extra glass disks and have the grits you use ready to go with just a change. The ones with the slots see a lot less use (actually, none) in my shop but some guys really like those as well.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 02:09 PM

I own one. It works well if (as Fred said) you have enough glass disks to dedicate one grit per side. If you try to peel off and store sandpaper disks you will be disappointed.

The base unit has a limitation as to the width and thickness (think mortise chisel) you can sharpen. I think the max width chisel or plane iron I can sharpen is 1 3/8 inches wide.

You can buy an wide blade extension table comes with their roller type honing jig to hold wider items (up to 3 inches). I really like this jig as it he better at holding and aligning the angle than any other I have tried. One note: if I set the angle for a chisel using the Work Sharp system and then use the Trend jig set at the same angle (came with their diamond stone package) the bevel cut on the chisel is noticeable different! Also be aware that the honing jig only has rollers at the outside edges so if you are not careful you can let one roller go off the table and thereby change the angle you are grinding.

The sandpaper system does not remove material as fast as a grinder would. So this is for sharpening not for removing a knick from a blade.

I have 3 of the slotted wheels and have never found a use for them. They seem to be intended to freehand curves on tools (think turning gouges),

The bottom line is that I would buy the system again.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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johnstoneb

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#4 posted 11-17-2015 02:39 PM

I have the worksharp 3000 and find it does a very good job sharpening. Get the extra glass discs so you just change disc as you go thru the various grits. Thanks to WoodnSawdust I have some gouges to sharpen and forgot I had the slotted discs.

I would buy it again.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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