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02-03-2011 07:01 PM

My $69 Work Sharp 3000 (the subject of much recent discussion around here) was delivered Tuesday, and last night I had a chance to set it up and try it out. I pulled out an old, dull chisel that I only use for rough work, and put the WS3000 to the test. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the speed and edge quality. I had a mirror-finish razor-sharp chisel in a matter of a few minutes.

I did have one minor issue, and that’s the topic of my post: I noticed as I was sharpening that I seemed to be putting a slight skew on the chisel. I consulted the manual and found that there is an adjustment for this, but I did not have time to get into right then, so I plan to look at it again tonight. My question is did anyone else need to adjust theirs right out of the box, and, if so, are there any tips or pitfalls to watch for when I make the adjustment?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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#1 posted 02-03-2011 07:07 PM

where did you get a $69 Work Sharp Charlie?

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 07:09 PM

Charlie
The only way I would know how to put a skew on your chisels is if you guide is not set close enough for the width of your Chisel and your holding you chisel a skew. My best guess.

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 07:13 PM

Smitty, if you search the forum you will see a number of related topics. Home Depot , through a computer program, offered them online at that price. Almost immediately they we on backorder if you tried to order one, then HD came along and said there would be no more available at that price. After a bunch of LJ’s cried foul, the Work Sharp and HD folks got together and agree to fill the back orders at the sale price.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 07:15 PM

Jim, there is definitely an adjustment cam for changing the skew angle of the guide. I was just asking for anyone who has already done it to let me know if there are any “secrets” I should know before I do it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 07:19 PM

I noticed the same problem on mine but I haven’t got around to fixing it…..I’m tied up with the lathe for now.

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 07:22 PM

Charlie, it sounds like you got the worksharp 3001 – the skew edge model – NICE! those are rare.

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 07:24 PM

thanks Charlie, I missed that one, wish I had seen it I would have bought one.

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 07:25 PM

Why thanks, Sharon. Maybe I can make you a deal on it?! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 07:43 PM

well, I don’t think I can give you any more than $1M, which is probably not worth it to you… sorry

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 07:48 PM

Hey Chuck,

I got mine too, and played with it just a little. I got a skew on one 1” chisel and none on another 1” chisel. The one that had the skew was a cheap Buck, the good job was on a quality chisel, so I don’t know what to think of this.

I watched the DVD, and in it they describe exactly which way to move the lever to counteract the skew, but I am at work and don’t remember the answer. But since the quality chisel worked OK, I don’t know if it was operator error, or a cheap chisel.

What angle did you use? I think I used 25 degrees. Did you use all four grits yet?

Steve

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 07:49 PM

That could be the down payment on the financing. Send me a plane ticket to Baaaaston and I’ll deliver it personally. You can even take the airfare out of MY $1M.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 07:51 PM

Charlie:

My HD special is the same way. The first one I did was a block plane iron. I used a try square to test the skew…it wasn’t bad, but it did “show some light” on the right side of the bevel. I had to unscrew the setscrew and lift the little lever up slightly. It improved it, but I can’t seem to get it perfect. There’s just not much precision in that adjustment.

I am probably splitting hairs with it. It’s still the best I’ve ever sharpened my tools, but that little aspect of it will probably bang it back to 4 1/2 stars. Then again, I don’t believe in a perfect tool, so when I start my review of it, you’d likely not see 5 stars anyway.

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#13 posted 02-03-2011 07:51 PM

Oh, one more thing. If you make an adjustment, be sure to start over with the 120 grit. If you don’t, you’ll develop a bow in the bevel.

The only other thing is that it really needs the 80 grit paper as standard. It takes awhile with the 120 in some cases.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#14 posted 02-03-2011 07:55 PM

Steve, now you’ve got me thinking too. I did use 25 degrees and went through all four grits. This was a pretty old Craftsman 1” chisel, and as soon as I started with the coarse grit I could see I was grinding it skew in relation to the edge/shoulders that were already there. Now I’m wondering if that was an optical illusion because the original edge wasn’t right. I’ll have to check it with a combo square tonight… I was just relying on eyeballing it so far.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 02-03-2011 07:58 PM

Thanks, Jay. I was looking for comments in other forums, and someone else also mentioned is was hard to get it adjusted just right.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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