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Project by torus posted 04-04-2019 03:48 AM 1099 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, I gave up and bought Work Sharp 3000, bought it used on amazon. The unit came OK – one rubber foot was lost and super fine sanding disk was glued with air bubbles. The leg was replaced for free by customer support of Work Sharp (what a nice people!). And bubbles were removed with the needle and some efforts.
Pretty pleased with the device, but I am still learning to use it.

As always, new tool needs some storage for accessories, in this case – glass disks, sand pads. So I built little box for them in F&D style (”fast and dirty” :) ). The height and the length were determined by the salvaged pine(?) board. The width is obviously from the disk diameter. I almost did not have any cutoffs.

I decided to challenge myself and my contractors TS for 45° miter cuts. It went OK, until I made few little mistakes while gluing up and clamping. But everything was saved/masked with sander and right angle photography.

Made little jig with dowel key for routing dividers slots. It worked out great.

1. Final result
2. Sketch Up project
3. Routing slots with jig
4. Ready for glue up
5. Sanded and sprayed with poly-U
6. Dividers (and bottom) are lauan plywood scrap pieces

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 04:20 AM

Really great job of building it.

Unless it is going to be stored in a cabinet; it will probably need a lid of some kind.
I hasve tried open storage of things like drill bits etc. and the shop dust the systems do not get seems to always end settle out there.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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woodcox

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 04:21 AM

Nice work, torus. I like the details and the jig. I need to do this for mine.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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torus

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 11:37 AM

Ralbuck, thanks.

Indeed, the plan was to store it in the drawer of the cart.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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torus

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 11:55 AM

Woodcox, thank you.

The jig did great job. I picked up the idea from Youtube – guide for the piece on the bottom and 90° fence for router on top. I added the dowel pin/key. When it is pushed down, it locks the distance between slots. It is pushed up for the first slot. I put few coats of glue on the 1/4” dowel pin until it moves tight in the 1/4” hole.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 04-04-2019 07:05 PM

2 of Stumpy’s best videos IMHO.

Showing tips and tricks to use the WS3000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=UmMwIKzUagQ

Making a really great surround with a built in top extension.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU9WecxUFfw

Another guy’s version. I like his storage better. Feel free to fast forward when he starts gabbing :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i9_zI8ailU

Work Sharp puts IMHO, some obscene prices on their paper. I’ve found the best places for me to buy are below.

Supergrit is crazy prices on really top end paper Look on the left column for what you want. WS 3000 you want 6” PSA backed paper discs. You’ll find them under Discs, funny how that works eh… Look under CLOTH backed. I like the AO right at the top, 10 discs per pack, most all are around 75 cents a pack. NOTE these guys are great, but they don’t do the Amazon kinda shipping, allow some time. IOW PLAN.

For your really top end finer discs I like to go to Sisweb for Micro mesh discs. I usually just use the Micro Mesh standard, and feel they are much better than the quality by Work Sharp. Make sure to order PSA backed, as the Hook and loops are mixed in with them.

From Worksharp you can buy the leather wheel, and using all matter of rouge sticks found online you can take a pretty sharp chisel, and give it a buff to refresh an edge in a few seconds. Unless you are grinding your edge down to the nubs if you just take a second to run on a high grit, or the rouge, you will be back to chopping, and paring in no time. Kinda like one stop shopping, or sharpening. Those low grinding grits, and even the mediums are only when you are working your edge up from banged up, rough, rusty etc. Most of the time you only need to spiff them a little, and if you get in the habit of stopping to do that, you will hardly ever need to grind hard.

#1 MOST IMPORTANT TIP IS HERE

Some people may show you how to use the WS3000 and they lay the metal down, and just go to town, and keep it down, and down, and down. Doing this causes heat, heat kills sharp edges, and can change the actual temper of the steel. When you do that it is going to take more than some sharpening to get it back. So when you are using your WS or any sharpening medium, do it in short amounts. If you finger is getting warm/hot/burnt, then so is your chisel, do not make your fingers hot.

Have fun.

DUH, I looked at my list, and forgot the most important cost saving one. DO not buy any more of those easily breakable glass discs from WS, DAMHIKT. Instead roll your own out of 1/2” MDF, super easy to make your first one using a BS to rough cut, and one of the glass discs as an edge guide for a piloted edge bit in your router. I suggest just doing it once off the glass, then make your others off the MDF. Out of a sheet of MDF you can make a lifetime supply, and have a disc for every grit you use. I haven’t broken one of the glass discs using it as a guide, but it maybe could happen, breaking MDF ain’t gonna happen

-- Think safe, be safe

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torus

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#6 posted 04-04-2019 07:37 PM

Steven,

thanks for the tips. Yes, I watched Stumpy’s videos even before I jumped the gun.

I bought additional disks on sale from some supplier. It was a good deal, hard to resist.
But MDF hack is a good one.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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Kelster58

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 02:06 AM

Great Job,,,,I have to make one of these for my Work Sharp 3000. I really like mine. Hope you like yours.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 06:57 AM

Very practical organizer.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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torus

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#9 posted 04-05-2019 02:44 PM

Kelster58, Ivan,

Thanks for commenting!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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