|Forum topic by gtbuzz||posted 02-09-2014 07:46 PM||3408 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-09-2014 07:46 PM
I’ve been looking into a new sharpening system and I’ve about decided on either the Work Sharp WS3000 or the Grizzly T10010ANV wet grinder (Tormek is out of my price range). Both of them look like they’ll run me just south of $200 before I add in any jigs. Figure after adding all the different jigs I would need, either one would be in the ballpark of $400-$500, still half the price of the Tormek. Not sure which one would be the best setup for me though.
Most of my sharpening is going to be for plane blades, chisels and turning tools. It would be nice to be able to sharpen my jointer knives as well, but it’s not really a must-have, especially if any jig is going to cost me over $150. At that price, it would be cheaper just to keep several sets of knives on hand and send unused ones out for sharpening.
I’d also like to have only one setup for sharpening. Currently, I’ve got a bench grinder that I use with Wolverine jigs to sharpen my turning tools. That method works fine, but if I can get away with just the Work Sharp or Grizzly wet grinder, that would be preferred as I don’t want to take up additional space. I currently use the bench grinder for the plane blades and chisels as well, but it’s just not working out all that well.
I’ve seen Stumpy Nubs’s videos on the Work Sharp mods and they look very compelling. It also looks like a more convenient method than having to deal with a wet grinder, but I’ve found very little info about how well it works for lathe tools (I also see that the Tormek jigs can be made compatible with the Work Sharp). My concerns about the wet grinder are mostly if it’s going to make a mess and if I have to constantly refill with water, I may be less inclined to sharpen as often as I should.
Anyone have any suggestions regarding the two?