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Review by NewPickeringWdWrkr posted 05-08-2010 05:12 PM 4177 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I won’t go into extensive review on this tool as JC did an extended video review of the WS2000 here.

It came with 80 and 220 grit slotted discs which are good for medium duty grinding. I tried using the 80 grit solid wheel with the tool guide (coming up from underneath) and although it gave an accurate angle, it was more like grinding with 40 grit. Going to 220, it couldn’t get the grind marks out of the face of the bevel. I eneded up with a polished face with circular marks in it! I’m glad I only paid about $1 for it through CL.

The spring holding down the tool guide provides good pressure, but it bent easily while exploring and now it doesn’t hold down squat.

The fence is also weak, you’re better off using your finger (careful of the spinning disc). I took it and the hold down off.

I’ll use the slotted discs to ensure flatness of bevel and the solid discs for honing the backs, but I’ll stick to the scary sharp method for fine tuning and polishing.

It will help me get back to my projects more quickly though! Good investment for the money (It was on sale!).

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 07:00 PM

I own the WS 3000 and I am disappointed in it. It is convenient and it does sharpen but it does not make my chisels and irons as sharp as I would like. I usually follow-up my use of the WS 3000 with some time on a water stone.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 05:35 PM

I own the WS3000 and haven’t had any problems with it…...seems like you’re missing a few grits in between the sharpening stages. How bad was your chisel that you started with 80 grit ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 07:27 AM

I own the WS2000 and love it. No it does not get the blades as sharp as I can with stones, but it gets about 85% of the way, and it does it in less then a minute.

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 09:37 AM

I own the WS3000… Had it about a year now with the wide planer blade attachment. No problems at all….. My stones haven’t seen the light of day since I bought it. Very impressed. A very fine sharp edge in half the time.

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 03:39 PM

Dusty – it was hand ground by the previous owner to the point where the corners were rounded off and the transition from the bevel to the flat on the front face was non-existant.

Rob – I agree that a fine edge is reached in short order. I just wish than a 320 grit and 400 grit slotted disc were available. The 400 disc does a great job at polishing to a mirror finish. You just can’t see what you’re doing if you have it mounted on the bottom and tackle the bevel from the undermount.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#6 posted 05-10-2010 03:48 PM

It looks like a good tool, but I dont think it replace hand sharpening.

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 09:34 PM

I still like my Grizzly wet grinder, though I know others have had issues with it. Just last weekend, I finally got around to sharpening the blades of some planes I bought (a #9 and a #4) that were in pretty bad shape. About 5 minutes tops with each on the wet wheel followed by about a minute on each side of a 1000/6000 water stone and I was shaving hair easily. I did finally try out the leather honing wheel, but I didn’t like it at all – I’ll stick with the water stones.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#8 posted 05-11-2010 10:04 PM

I have the 3000 and love it. I can sharpen by hand with stones but I can do it to razor sharp in 1/4 the time. I only do chisels on mine, not plane blades, lathe tools(yet), or jointer knives. What I like is its ease of use. The learning curve to getting sharp chisels & plane blades is about 10 minutes. I suggest buying the leather hone. Sometimes you can get the hone free as a promotional item.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 05:36 AM

I can not determine the max widths for Lawn Mower Blades the WS-2000 and the WS-3000 can handle. I see 1.5” and 3.0” limitations, but is that for mower blades or chisels and plane blades only. My Mower blades are 3.0” wide. And my over 30 year old Craftsman floor model plane has 6” blades. I’m not up on the jargon enough to know FOR SURE what these WS tools can handle. Some of my hand plane and chisel blades are over 1.5”. HELP!

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 09:51 PM

I bought the ws3000 and charpened 6 chisels I bought at the same time. They came out really sharp.
It was my first attempt at sharpening.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 05-25-2010 10:08 PM

I own a 3000 and it works great. You can’t skip grits you have to go up in grit a little at a time.


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#12 posted 05-25-2010 10:46 PM

@surfmurf – you would not use the ports for sharpening lawn mower blades. Flip the disc over and you can use the top surface as you would be sweeping the blade across the spinning disc.

For your 6”, I don’t think you could use the WS to sharpen those as it would take a really steady hand. Or you could build a fixture to hold the blades square to the surface (again, sharpening like the lawnmower blades.
Here’s a link on how to use the WS2000 with a variety of blades

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 04:26 PM

Thought you may like to see my video of the Upgrades I made to the Work Sharp including one that allows you to use Tormek jigs AND how to use cheap buffing compound instead of sandpaper instead of diamond wheels and compounds:

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