Worksharp WS3000 Leather Hone Disc Wobble

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03-29-2018 03:55 AM

I got myself the WS3000 this Christmas and am fairly happy with it. But I also got the leather hone disc at the same time and have found it very out of balance. It seems to have high spots or a high side. I’ve touches the outside glass rim and the underside while spinning and they are balanced so it seems it must be the leather itself that’s the problem. I took a sharp plane blade and tried trim the high spots off. That didn’t work. I then used 80 grit sandpaper on a block of wood trying to sand down the high spots. I did this for 8-10 min and filled the shop with leather dust. That hasn’t worked either. Any suggestions? I really feel like the sandpaper should work. Essentially it seems like using sandpaper on a lathe. I suppose I could try a file too.

Just for reference for anyone that’s not familiar with the WS3000 it’s basically a horizontal disc sander and the leather disc is about 1/8” or 3/16 thick. It seems like it’s plenty thick to sand what seems to be a 1/16th” high side/spot.

Advice? Keep sanding? Is there a better way to remove the high spots?

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#1 posted 03-29-2018 11:53 AM

Well, hindsight is always 20-20, but should have read the reviews on Amazon on the leather honing kit.
Apparently, you are not alone on uneven leather on this item. Quite a few reviewers complain about it, with no way to fix it. Seems they are just punching out the leather from hides, with not much attention paid to the thickness of the leather skin itself.

I worked with leather furniture for years and don’t know what kind they are using for the hone, but it is not easy to flatten or make level. When you hit one of these thick spots on furniture after the upholstery process, it feels lumpy, or will be much stiffer than the surrounding areas.

You might try freezing it, then it should respond to sanding and flattening much easier, at least while it is still frozen. Just make sure you freeze it totally flat.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 03-29-2018 01:56 PM

It is a strop an a disc rough side out. It is not going to be perfectly flat and as a strop does not need to be perfectly flat. you are holding the tool against the leather and compound by hand just go with the contour and strop0.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 03-30-2018 12:13 AM

- Thanks Tennessee…I may try freezing the plate with the leather on it. I dunno but it probably can’t hurt. Hmm.

- Johnstoneb…I use strops all the time with my spoon carving knives and my gouges and I love it. But the WS3000 is a quickly rotating plate of leather. It’s essentially a disc sander…but with leather. So if there’s any high/proud spots….they make it impossible to hold your tool flat to the surface.

Seems like I need some lathe experts to chime in?

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#4 posted 03-30-2018 12:50 AM

Leather is natural product, like wood – it has natural variations.
If WS folks are not hand selecting leather, and inspecting disks, then Tennessee post could be right: they may just have a lumpy piece of leather?

Is easy to fix:
Been using leather strops for years, but when I needed replacements, and wanted several square feet of leather to line faces of my workbench vises, I got a huge education in leather. Leather is like wood, there are suppliers everywhere serving different markets. You can buy scraps cheap, and even find partial skins cheaper than buying pre-made parts most time. See if there is Tandy Leather store in your town, and raid their scrap bin?

For my strops, I like to use heaviest weight leather I can find. Commonly called “sole” leather, 12-14oz weight (10 oz minimum). Leather always has thickness variations across a pelt, so check carefully to find “flat” uniform piece. Mount tanned side down with contact cement, use the soft side for stropping.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#5 posted 03-30-2018 01:33 AM

The WS 3000 is a rotating strop you treat it with the same compaound you put on a strop. It does the movement you just hold the tool. I have had and used one for several years and never had an issue. Ivery seldom use the leather disc because it is quicker to just grab a strop off the end of the bench and run the tool over it a few times.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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