In the above video you’ll see my review of a new sharpening tool that works swimmingly for restoring chisels and handplane irons; especially moulding plane irons. You can read specs and details about the Work Sharp on their website (here).
My friend Bill Anderson introduced me to the Work Sharp WS3000 while I was producing the DVD “Choosing, Refurbishing, & Using Moulding Planes with Bill Anderson”. He showed how amazing it is for flattening the backs of hand plane irons & chisels, which had been a frustrating process for me (sharpening stones take too long and belt sanders are too dangerous). It’s a super fast method for flattening moulding plane irons and chisels, due to their smaller size.
I still prefer a hollow grinder for major reconstructive work on the bevel side, but the Work Sharp does an ace job on quickly touching up an edge.
I found the best price ($50 off) for the Work Sharp WS3000 and accessories right here. The unit comes with two tempered glass wheels and a hand full of sticky sandpaper discs. It also comes with a neat-o see through wheel that lets you see your bevel while sharpening it.
You can certainly purchase extra sanding discs from Work Sharp, but I found that 6″ sticky-back sanding discs (like these Diablo discs) work amazingly and are more affordable. I got mine from Lowes. All you have to do is puncture a hole so that it fits onto the sharpener. The instructions and DVD that comes with the Work Sharp are really clear and concise, so I won’t spend time explaining how to use the unit or apply the sanding discs to the plate glass wheels. The instructions even tell you how to use other brands of sanding discs…what a cool company!
I realized that the sanding disc grits that come with the Work Sharp aren’t course enough for tough flattening jobs. So I purchased 40 grit, 80 grit, 120 grit, and 200 grit. Work Sharp included much finer grits, which I’m still using (up to 3000 grit, I think).
THE WORK SHARP GIVEAWAY RULES
WINNER UPDATE (11/09/2015):
The U.S.A. winner of the Work Sharp WS3000 is Harold Dean Sink (please contact me here).
The International winner is Scott Mitchell, of Australia (please contact me here). The “mystery gift” is a digital download of my new 2-disc DVD “Build a Traditional Windsor Rocker with Elia Bizzarri”!