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Blog series by HokieKen updated 06-12-2017 12:10 PM 4 parts 9404 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: Less Plugging in Leads to Plugging in

05-24-2017 12:44 PM by HokieKen | 6 comments »

This will likely be a couple-of-entry series but I thought it might be of interest since sharpening, love it or hate it, is a necessary chore for most of us. So, here’s the background… I’ve gotten serious about woodworking in the last 3 or 4 years. My background is as a machinist so working with wood is a very different medium. In the last couple of years, I have learned to use, and appreciate, hand tools more than ever before. I’m not a galoot purist by any str...

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Part 2: Initial Tests

05-25-2017 12:18 PM by HokieKen | 12 comments »

You know how sometimes you buy a tool kinda on impulse and regret it later? I half expected that to be the case with this WorkSharp. I figured I would find that it was kinda finnicky and that when all was said and done I would get a better edge faster using my diamond plates and I would end up selling the WS. I was wrong. I was really wrong. Maybe I’m lazy. Maybe I just really suck at sharpening on stones. Or maybe, just maybe, this thing is a friggin’ gem. Now, I ca...

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Part 3: Wide Blade Attachment... meh

06-02-2017 06:49 PM by HokieKen | 4 comments »

Sorry but no pics on this one. I didn’t really intend to blog this part because I thought I would do a more structured analysis later but, I don’t think that’s necessary. I have a 2 3/8” plane iron I needed to sharpen last week in my jointer plane. The iron is a Hock iron and I never got it completely flat because I just got tired of trying. I have been using David Charlesworth’s “ruler trick” and it’s been fine. But since the WS flattene...

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Part 4: I Lied...

06-12-2017 12:10 PM by HokieKen | 2 comments »

So this isn’t to be a full entry but, just on the off-chance this blog happens to actually influence anyone’s decision about a Work Sharp, I wanted to post a brief update/retraction. I’ve not really been using this machine for anything other than the chisel port to do chisels and small plane irons in the last week or so. I will do more comparison testing in the future but right now, I’m just too busy. However, I must recant a bit of my last post. The wide blade a...

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