Requesting help with the Work Sharp WS3000 Wide Blade Attachment

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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 03-23-2014 05:56 AM 1195 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2014 05:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: work sharp ws3000 worksharp

I was thinking of posting a fairly negative review of this accessory for the WS3000. But I thought I should at least make a good effort to correct the problems I’m running into.

I love my WS3000. I’ve had it for a couple of years now. For my smaller blades and chisels it works beautifully.

I wanted to be able to use the Work Sharp to sharpen the blade of my Veritas jack plane. Doing it by hand was getting was getting tedious but the blade is too wide to fit into the built in sharpening port.

So I got this thing. And it’s been nothing but trouble.

The primary problem is that I cannot get the table to be level/co planar with the glass wheel. I can get the table to the point where it seems level but the bevel it creates in the plane iron isn’t straight. Also, if I don’t press down hard on the table with my hand the table moves upward a bit. Which totally screws up any leveling I did.

I’ve also noticed that sharpening on it is not repeatable. I used the exact same setting on the honing guide but the second time I tried to sharpen my plane iron I couldn’t even get close to a repeatable geometry.

The table itself is flat. The instructions are pretty good. It just…. doesn’t work.

Has anyone else who has this accessory run into problems with it? Is there something I’m missing?

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 06:54 AM

Purrmaster, I’m going to step out on a limb here and hope I say the right thing. I am still fairly new at all this woodworking stuff, but not so new at aiming for a good edge. Human beings are amazing creatures, and very often we get seduced into thinking that machines are superior. They are not. I spent 5 years restoring a car, and learned that to get a perfect finish on the paint that my fingers could see things my eyes could not. Paul Sellers has stated that human fingertips are capable of discerning a .002 differential. I humbly submit to you that your hand and eye and a good set of sharpening stones are all you need. You may struggle with mastering this sharpening by hand technique, but you won’t struggle long before you will get the knack. It’s empowering to be able to rely on your natural abilities.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 08:55 AM

Your point is well taken. But I’ve got the Work Sharp and I might as well use it. Plus I don’t have water stones and can’t afford to get the needed stones.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 03:38 PM

I have a WS 3000, but not the wide blade attachment. But when I need to grind an initial bevel on a wide blade, I use a cheap Eclipse-style jig, a digital level, and the adjustable bar.

  1. I level the bar to the glass wheel.
  2. Then I put the blade in the jig and pivot the blade down on the wheel, using the casting where the wheel goes as a pivot against the bar.
  3. I check the angle using the level, and adjust the length of the blade in the jig until it’s correct.
  4. I tighten everything down so it’s locked in place.
  5. Finally, I turn on the WS and grind the bevel.

I’ve moved to freehand sharpening a convex bevel using the top of the WS, similar to how Paul Sellars sharpens his blades using diamond stones. I rarely use the port any longer unless I need to establish a reference bevel. Doing the convex bevel freehand on the top of the discs is really easy once you get your touch down.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 08:48 PM

Anyone with this tool had trouble keeping the table locked down?

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 07:38 PM

See if this helps, it did with mine and sounds like the same issues. Sorry it took so long to find the link for you. Don’t know why it say home refurbers when it’s on ljs.

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