Does Work Sharp live up to its hype?

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Forum topic by Hawgnutz posted 12-05-2007 06:49 PM 1299 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2007 06:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening work sharp

I walk with one crutch, so that leaves one hand to carry most everything I need. I get frustrated trying to carry a slow-speed grinder, set it up, then switch to a guide with sandpaper on marble, then switch to wet stones, then sweitch to diamond stones, then a leather strop for the final hone.

Right now Rockler has a great deal on the Work Sharp 3000, and I have a space on my bench already picked out as a possible sharpening station for the 3000. The only time I would have to pack out my slow speed grinder is to recondition a plane iron from Ebay or a swap meet, or if I <shudder> dropped my chisel or plane iron.

My question is: Does the Work Sharp 3000 live up to its hype? Does it really give a razor-sharp edge without having to switch from one tool to another?

I know that there are Lumber Jocks who have used this system in their day-to-day woodworking.
What do you REALLY think about it?
Would you buy it again?
Would you recommend it with certain reservations?

Thanks for your input!
God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-05-2007 07:39 PM

go for it

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-05-2007 07:59 PM

Mine works as expected. If you don’t know how to sharpen any other way this wont help you with that.

I built a jig for mine which dramatically improves the accuracy.
The paper loads quickly but that is because you are removing more metal per second. Get lots of additional 400 plus stock if you run a lot of steel.


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#3 posted 12-05-2007 08:45 PM

You do have to change the sanding plates. I have had good success with chisels. They are really sharp. I haven’t tried a plane iron yet.

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#4 posted 12-07-2007 07:23 AM

I would get an extra glass plate and pick up the course grit sand paper kit. It is very useful to establish the primary bevel. Otherwise you will wear your paper out quickly.

I have sharpened quite a few plane blades with mine…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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