$250 to spend at Rockler. Work sharp 3000 or plunge router?

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451 days ago

My wife’s badass uncle and aunt gave me a $250 card to Rockler. Needless to say, I’ll be making them something to show my thanks.

So here’s the question. I’ve narrowed it down to two things I think I could really use. The WS3000 is nifty, and would ensure that all my chisels and planes are consistently sharp and as good as can be. But, I also don’t have a good router, and a plunge model looks most versatile. While the WS3000 looks great, it’s a one trick pony. The plunge router would be more versatile and widely used, so I’m leaning towards that.

What do you all think?

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#1 posted 451 days ago

The worksharp. It’s a great sharpener, and plunge routers will show up on sale or on Craigslist. I haven’t seen the worksharp pop up on my CL, not once.

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#2 posted 451 days ago

Depends on how you work. If you’re a neander, a good sharpening system is more important than if you favor power tools. I use a router a ton more than I sharpen, and it’s a lot more versatile. Plus, there are many, many effective and cheaper ways to sharpen.

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#3 posted 451 days ago

BTimmons.... a promo code for 15% off…. I checked, it WON’T work for the Worksharp nor a router, BUT if you can make use of it here it is…V2357 expires 5/29/13

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#4 posted 451 days ago

If you don’t have a good router I’d go with the router,you can still use the original scary sharp method to sharpen .I have a WS 3000 and it’s a great tool but I used the Original SS method for years with good results.

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#5 posted 451 days ago

+ 1 for a1Jim, worksharps come up on CL around here for $50- 75 bucks, scary sharp is the way to go,takes about ten minutes to get every chisel ready to go to work. IMHO, a good router is a good addition to any shop.
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#6 posted 451 days ago

i’d go for the router. I’ve lived forever without a worksharp, but I couldn’t live without my routers. I’ll admit I do more with handplanes now, but I still wouldn’t be without a router.

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#7 posted 451 days ago

I am partial towards the router. But I would lean more this way. The only reason is I like PC. This has the plunge with above table adjustment for the router table and a D-handle base to use it free hand. I use a standard base way more than a plunge.

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#8 posted 450 days ago

Ok, so most votes are for the router. I’m inclined to agree. I can see a lot more potential use for that, and I’m getting along fine for now sharpening with sandpaper and a honing guide.

Thanks to everyone for your feedback and help.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 450 days ago

Try to buy all the things you have on your list at the sale prices.

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#10 posted 450 days ago

If you’re still up for the WorkSharp, I think your best bet may be Sears; it’s on sale for $180 right now and if you look, it’s pretty easy to find a $5 or $10 off coupon on the internet. You’ll get better bang for your buck with the gift card on other items.

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#11 posted 450 days ago

Unless you use handtools a ton…the router will do more for you.


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#12 posted 450 days ago

I’d want to actually try out a Work Sharp in person before buying one if I were in the same position. One thing I’ve discovered about tool sharpening is that there are many good ways to do it but not everyone likes using every method. In other words, don’t spend lots of money on sharpening gear until you know how you like to do that task.

I’d be getting the router myself because my preference for sharping is to use a bench grinder and bench stones.

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#13 posted 446 days ago

I’d also go with a router. Scary sharp works just fine without any use of electric.

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#14 posted 445 days ago

IMO, not ONLY go for a router but go for a dual base router that has both a fixed base and a plunge base. I don’t have the Bosch, but did pick up a similar Ridgid dual base at HD. I put the fixed base in my shop-made horizontal mortiser and have the plunge base available for handheld work. The motor slips in and out without even messing with the settings of either base!

Here is an example at Rockler within your price range:
Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo Package
$229.99 Each

  • With 2-1/4 HP, 12 amp motor (8,000-25,000 RPM).
  • Bits not included.
  • Package includes router motor, plunge base, fixed base, 1/4” self-releasing collet chuck, 1/2” self-releasing collet chuck, 16mm shaft wrench, and carrying case.

Additional router combos at Rockler:

Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit (Fixed and Plunge Base)
$289.99 Each

Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
$279.99 Each

ALSO, on a less powerful side, but maybe MORE useful:

DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
$199.00 Each

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#15 posted 445 days ago

I must admit I have been eyeballing that dewalt compact kit. they have a nice quality feel in hand.

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