Stumpy's Worksharp 3000 with a few mods of my own

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Project by ScottKaye posted 08-05-2018 12:47 AM 1543 views 11 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Enjoyed a week-long staycation at home last week. I was able to spend a ton of the time out in the shop getting some of the smaller projects done that I have been meaning to build.

I picked up a Worksharp 3000 on craigslist for $85 bucks and remembered Stumpy’s WorkSharp upgrade that he produced a few years back. I believe in supporting content creators like Stumpy when they design something I find useful in my own work. I paid the 5 bucks for Stumpys' plan and set out to build a home for my machine.

I started from Stumpys basic plan except I made the very bottom sheet of plywood an inch bigger on each side of the cabinet to allow the cabinet to be easily clamped to a work surface which creates a very stable work area. I also made the large drawer under the worksharp 3000 base a few inches taller to accommodate a Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener. I added a second smaller drawer to the right to accommodate belts for the knife sharpener as well as the rubber eraser for the WS 3000 and an angle gauge block (which I describe next). The only problem I saw in stumpy’s design was that the angle sight window is located on the lower right side of the WS 3000 and once you mount it to the cabinet there is no way of determining the currently selected angle because you have no way of seeing the window due to the disc storage tower on the right side of the cabinet blocking your view. I came up with the gauge block by tracing each angle setting of tool rest onto the block and was delighted to see how well it worked.

The pictures do a far better job of describing what I’m talking about

One thing I learned is that I HATE working with odd dimension plywood. Now I see why all you guys use baltic birch When you buy 3/4” thick Baltic birch, you get 3/4” (maybe metric too if that’s all you can find”) The stuff I have came from a cabinet shop. it was decent cabinet grade multi-core plywood but it was very thinly veneered as well as an odd size. something like .700 or about 45/64” Try using that stuff in box construction where only two corners are finger-jointed and hoping all your measurements work out!


-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#1 posted 08-05-2018 01:59 AM

Nice! I have this on my list of projects. Good upgrades.

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#2 posted 08-05-2018 06:25 PM

You did a beautiful job on this work sharp setup. Nice work.

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 05:43 PM

Nice job. This is my “To Do” list as well.
Thanks for sharing.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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