|Forum topic by fotbr||posted 07-25-2010 01:35 AM||1512 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
07-25-2010 01:35 AM
I talked myself (with very little talking actually) into buying a new toy at Woodcraft since they’re having one of their 10% off sales. I’m now the new proud owner of a Worksharp 3000.
First of all, I HATE sharpening. I suck at it. I can never get a consistent bevel, or a truly good edge, so I tend to avoid any chisel or plane work unless there is absolutely no alternative. I’d tried regular arkansas stones, waterstones, and had settled on using various grades of sandpaper on a granite slab. All of which worked about equally well for me; my technique was the failure. The edges I produced weren’t dangerously dull, but they weren’t anywhere near the mythical “scary sharp” I called it “somewhat sharp”.
Enter the WS3K.
Upon unboxing it, I was greeted with a very clear manual. If it was translated, it was done by someone qualified. Drawings are very good as well. I didn’t have any real need for the manual for setup other than to make sure that you can put a sandpaper disk on each side of the glass disks (the answer is yes). There’s enough abrasive to last for a while: you won’t need to run back to the store for more right away. Two glass disks and a slotted disk were in the box; I haven’t used the slotted disk yet. The box I got also had their leather honing disk in it as a free bonus.
Setup was straight forward, attach one abrasive disk to each side of the glass disks, P120, P400, P1000, and ~3600 micromesh. Place the freehand guard in place and secure with two thumbscrews. Place the first disk on it and secure with knob. Plug in and turn on.
Lapping the backs of a couple chisels went very quickly, starting with 120. Turn off, flip disk over and re-secure. Finish lapping the backs with the 400 side of the disk.
Adjusting the guide’s angle to 25 degrees was quite simple, and adjusting for the width of your chisel is easy-peasy. The manual recommends 1-2 seconds in contact with the disk, followed by pulling the chisel straight down the guide to remove the burr. I followed that process for each of the four grades and produced an edge far in excess of what I can do by hand. I have not yet messed with the leather disk.
From opening the box to two freshly sharpened chisels was perhaps 15 minutes.
I cannot say if I’ll turn into a hand tool addict, but I no longer hate the idea of using them. It is amazing how much nicer it is to work with sharp tools instead of “somewhat sharp” tools.
The conclusion: If you can hand-sharpen with good results, you probably don’t need this. If you’re like me, this thing is fantastic.