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Forum topic by jayvansickle posted 03-26-2017 01:24 AM 830 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2017 01:24 AM

Anybody have any experience with a Work Sharp 3000 for lathe tool sharpening? I have a Work Sharp and love it. New to wood turning and dont really want to buy anything else. My wife stays happier that way!

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 12:24 PM

Lot of turners have issues sharpening their tools on a Work Sharp. One turner swears by using one and has made jigs to make life easier. Old thread at discussed pros and cons several years ago. Would not be my first choice!

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 12:27 PM

I am a part time Turner. I use my Worksharp with diamond disks that I got on eBay. It works for me but am certain not good enough for those more involved in turning.

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#3 posted 03-26-2017 12:53 PM

There is a tool rest bar from Worksharp designed to use Tormek jigs – see here. $50 for the bar more for the jigs. I use the Tormek SVD-186 gouge jig on a Grizzly 10” wet sharpener, and along with the Tormek tool setter jig TTS-100 it works great. I don’t know how if or how well the tts-100 would work with the worksharp, and it is what makes the “system” work so well – accurate positioning of the bar puts the bevel on the stone correctly every time. I also don’t know if the worksharp has enough space for swinging gouges side to side.

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#4 posted 03-26-2017 02:16 PM

From what I’ve read and experienced, diamond is not the proper media for sharpening HSS. You should use CBN, AO or the other wheels designated for HSS.

My experience using diamond on a Doug Thompson 1/2” bowl was I could actually push the burr off the edge with my thumb nail. When turning, it dulled instantly, and left an edge that looked a little like rodent teeth. Pictures upon request. Some pictures might already be on the forum, but I’m in a hurry, so won’t be able to verify right now. .

Diamond is ok with carbon steel and Carbide. ............... Jerry (in Tucson)

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