Worksharp 2000... almost

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Blog entry by Bsmith posted 01-02-2012 07:31 AM 2700 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I didn’t get the Worksharp 2000 for Christmas so in Lumberjock fashion I made my own. I did get a new set of the Stanley Sweetheart chisels (review to come) and needed a way to sharpen them. I was going to just bite the bullet and go purchase a workshop but with the latest reviews from Stumpy and others I had some great ideas to work with. Some how I ended up with two Delta 5” disc sanders so I decided to upgrade one.

So first things first, I removed all the accessories and appendages that were attached. I used the housing for the 1” strip sander, cut it down and made it the base.

Next I turned it on it’s side and mounted it on a 3/4” plywood base. Squared it up and cut some 3/4” pine for the sides and top.

I cut a hole in the top and planed it level with the wheel.

Found my worst looking chisel, and some PSA sanding disc, 240 grit, and began to go to work.

Worked my way down to 600 grit. After 600 I went to 1000 grit which produced a nice smooth finish.

When the 1000 grit wore down instead of adding a finer grit I just rubbed it down with a green polishing stick that produce a very nice mirror surface. This photo is just a close up after the 1000 grit.

All in all it worked great, but need to work on my technic and I’m having some issues with heat build up. I’m going to add some MDF disc to the set and maybe some storage hooks or something and Ill be finished. Hope this inspires and thanks for looking.

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 11:06 AM

I sure like this. I’m going to favorite it until spring..I’ll give it a try then. May PM you for info if that’s ok

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 04:30 PM

Great idea! Check out my video on Worksharp upgrades at I think some of them would work really well on your setup!

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 04:36 PM


very cool thinking and reusing of things at hand.

One thing though – if the 1000 paper wears down it doesn’t mean it will cut shallower, it just means it will cut less efficient. the abrasives on the paper are still scratching at 1000grit depth, its just that there are less abrasives. Point is – adding green compound on the 1000 grit paper will not make it polish better than a 1000 grit paper since there are still abrasives there that will scratch your metal deeper than the green compound. if you wanted to hone it to something higher than 1000grit you should remove the worn out paper and put a new plain material on for the green compound. just an fyi.

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 09:07 PM

I see what you mean purplev. I believe Stumpy suggested using card board with polishing compound which I’m going to try next. I’m going to have to fashion a better jig for holding the chisels. I’m using one with a center wheel but I guess I’m not keeping it flat because it’s not coming our square. If this works out I’ll upgrade the carcass to one like Stumpys with extra storage. Thanks for the input.

-- Bryan

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