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    Worksharp 3000?

    I am considering a Worksharp 3000. Anybody have one and use it regularly? I am not a handtool advocate but I have to admit my block plane sharpened after Rob Cosman class sure came in handy a time or two....... a sharp chisel was pretty useful too.

    Any opinions would be appreciated!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 05-11-2012 at 01:00 PM.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    BUY ONE!!!

    You will be happy for ever more if you do. Glenn absolutely loves his also. He purchased it after using mine. It is one of those tools that does what they claim it will do. It has several advantages:

    It is fast
    It is 100 % repeatable---even a month later.
    .....I record the angle and the bevel angle on the blade with a Sharpie. If I am through with the tool and don't come back for a month, it takes all of 10 seconds to do a tool set-up and I am ready to go.
    It is great to be working with a chisel or plane and be able to turn around, sharpen the blade to shaving sharpness and go back to work in less than a minute with a chisel, about two minutes if you have the Veritas planes. Those are conservative figures; Glenn and I do it faster. With other planes it depends on how long it takes you to get the iron out, put it back and get it adjusted where you want it again.

    It is so simple that I could teach any normal 6 year old boy to use it in about 15 minutes. Man, I love that tool.

    I know it sounds like it, however I have absolutely no connections to the company except I love the WS 3000.

    To me, the WS 2000 has no advantage over many other systems. As Glenn would say, "You need the sharpening gene with the 2000; you don't with the 3000."

    The time and ease figures I gave are for blades that fit in the slot. If you go to something like 2 1/2 blade width and have to sharpen outside of the port, the 3000 works more like the 2000.

    It is easy to make your own abrasive disks and that is a money saver. I also have made several of the disks that hold the abrasive. I made them out of 1/2 inch MDF. I spray the abrasive disk I cut out of a sheet of abrasive with a low adhesive factor spray. Then I apply it to the MDF disk.


    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 05-11-2012 at 05:47 AM.
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama
    I have one that I love for sharpening chisels. Good results in a few minutes. I've never tried to sharpen a wide blade on top though.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Another happy owner here Ken

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    I can't believe the timing of your post Ken. It is almost if we were in collusion; with you posting this thread in order to solicit accolades of the Worksharp 3000. Why do I say that? I have been wanting to sell mine for a while and finally decided to quit procrastinating and do it tomorrow. Here first and then on Craigslist. Mine contains extra glass wheels (including a leather honing wheel) and the plane blade attachment (never used, still in package). Why am I selling? I initial bought it for a fast way to flatten chisel & plane backs, but that technique was too aggressive for me. I am a very proficient free hand sharpener and I never use it. Nothing wrong with it, but does not make sense to keep something I hardly ever used and probably never will. I will post a thread in the classifieds with photos and my price, which will be below retail and a good savings to anyone interested.
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 05-11-2012 at 02:59 PM.
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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Hard to beat Jim's enthusiasm, but happy user here as well.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Agreed; quicker, cleaner, more repeatable. Great for those of us that mother nature deprived of the sharpening gene. Not as enjoyable for those that enjoy the romance of hand sharpening. The WS3K will not put the edge on a blade that hand stropping will but, for daily use, it pretty much rocks. The major benefit IMHO is the ability to put it on the bench when I know I will be doing a lot of chisel work. As soon as the cutter shows the slightest loss of that razor edge, I just switch on the WS3K, give the cutter a couple touches to the wheel via the port, switch it off and go back to work. No setup time, no muss-no fuss ;-) I'd PM Bill right away if I were you.
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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-11-2012 at 04:53 PM.
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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA
    I use it to set the primary bevel on my chisels and then use a stone to put a secondary bevel on. That system is fast and gives me a good edge. Also, the way I do it I don't have to change the disk.

    Also, if you buy a box of 6" PSA disks, you can use them just by punching a hole. I mount the PSA disk to the glass and then use a knife to cut the hole in the sandpaper where the hole is in the glass. So if you're not exactly centered, it doesn't make any difference.

    Last edited by Mike Henderson; 05-11-2012 at 11:12 PM.
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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    I've got it. I use it. I like it. It's pretty near fool proof; makes it a must for me.


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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    If you are not getting an edge on a chisel that you could shave with, we need to talk about it when you are down here next time.

    I'd sign of as your sharp old man, if I didn't know you know better.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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