Cambering blades on the Worksharp 3000

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Forum topic by AaronK posted 01-29-2011 03:54 PM 2079 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2011 03:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question worksharp 3000 blade camber sharpening

I just got my WS yesterday, thanks to HD honoring their advertised price on the product. I like to very slightly camber my plane blades (jack, smoother, etc – they dont need a heavy camber). I’m not sure about the best way to do this on the WS.

The best way i can think of so far is to drill and tap screws in to the side of the blade holding area near the bottom of where the blade goes, then use set screw to protrude very slightly. This would make a pivot point on each side that allows the blade to tilt slightly at the edges. but I dont currently have a tapping set, nor the machinist skills/tools to do it right – the holes would need to be located and aligned precisely.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 06:36 PM

I too purchased the WS 3000 about 2 years ago along with the accessory attachment (a table that attaches to the top of the unit) which allows the use of a separate honing guide. And using the slide clamp honing guide (the $15 one with the narrow wheel – not the guide furnished with the table attachment) I was able to apply pressure to various positions to the blade which allowed a camber to be developed. I must admit that I was not complete happy with the results and have returned to using water stones. I hope you will get better results.


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#2 posted 01-29-2011 06:46 PM

hmm. i wonder if another way to do this is to use the stock “free hand” tool rest…

1. set the rest to a fixed position and dont move it.
2. build a little fixture that clamps onto a plane blade at any arbitrary location, built so that the front part of it rests against the backside of the tool rest.
3. the projection of the blade determines the honing angle.
4. apply pressure to the blade corners to develop a camber – like you would using an eclipse – style jig.

the fixture would be pretty simple – a piece of wood with a slot in it and a thumbscrew on top to clamp the blade down…

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