Work Sharp Sharpening System

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Work Sharp Tools
Model:
WS3000
Price:
$250

Description

The Work Sharp 3000 Wood Tool Sharpener offers 3 ways to sharpen your tools: Top Side with Tool Rest, the Chisel and Plane Iron Port and the Edge-Vision Port. The WS3000 sharpens chisel and plane blades up to 2" wide to 20°, 25°, 30° or 35° bevel angle with presets on the tool rest. It also allows you to sharpen a 5° micro-bevel. It also sharpens carving tools, lathe tools, scrapers, putty knives and more.

Work Sharp uses a 1/5 hp motor and a wheel speed of 580 RPM. Routed air flow and a heat sink prevent overheating or damaging the steel.

WOOD magazine review

Super-sharp tools, minus the aching arms

Review Summary

I’m a big fan of sharpening my edge tools with sandpaper rather than expensive waterstones or oilstones. But I’m not a big fan of the elbow grease required. Now the folks from Professional Tool Manufacturing,Inc.—the Drill Doctor people—have made sandpaper sharpening easy with their Work Sharp WS3000. On this motorized system you mount self-stick abrasives to 6"-diameter, dead-flat tempered glass discs.
You hold your chisel, plane iron, or turning tool against the spinning disc to sharpen it. You can sharpen from three locations on the tool. Flatten the backs of chisels and plane irons on the top. Grind and hone the bevel on the bottom of the disc, using the tool rest with one of four bevel settings (20°, 25°, 30°, 35°). Or sharpen lathe or carving tools freehand underneath, using a slotted plastic wheel and slotted sandpaper. (The slots allow you to see your tool while you sharpen it.) After using Work Sharp to hone every chisel and plane iron in the WOOD® magazine shop (plus all of mine from home), here’s what I like best: 1) With the tool rest, I was able to return to precise bevel angles every time. 2) It’s easy to quickly restore an edge. In most cases, one or two grits got me back in business. 3) Sharpening supplies are inexpensive: just more sandpaper when I need it. 4) I can sharpen short chisels and small plane irons with equal consistency. The WS3000 comes with two glass discs, one slotted disc, and 120-, 400-, 1,000-, and 3,600-grit abrasive discs, as well as 400- and 1,200-grit lotted abrasives. I recommend buying an extra glass disc ($20) and the optional “coarse kit” ($15) of 80, 120, 220, and 400 abrasives so you don’t have to peel off one grit and replace it with another when you need it. Use the coarse sandpaper for initial shaping of really dull or worn tools. Set up one disc with 120/220 for establishing the initial bevel; 400/1,000 on the second for touching up; and 3,600 and the optional leather stropping disc ($30) on the third disc to hone and add a microbevel. —Tested by Jeff Mertz

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

love it

Review Summary

use this unit is the best sharpener i have ever used. It gets all my tool razor blade sharp in short order. This is a must for every shop.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Quick and accurate with little fuss and cost.

Review Summary

There are a lot of sharpening systems and methods on the market that either require a lot of effort or money. But if like me ,your not making money sharpening chisels and plane blades, but in using them ,then this is the system for you. It's quick, accurate and doesn't cost a lot of money to purchase or use. So there you have it !

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

I now have sharp chisels

Review Summary

I never really used chisels like they should be used because mine were always dull.After getting the WS3000 and spending an afternoon bringing the chisels back to life, I was amazed how easy it was. I had about a dozen chisels that were so dull they wouldn't cut jello. When I was done I could shave with them. If I don't drop the chisel on the floor I can restore the edge to it in a couple of minutes. No efforet is required to get excellent results.
An extra glass plate is nice to make the job quicker. Sandpaper is expensive if you go through WorkSharp but there are other places you can get it or you can cut your own and attach with spray adheasive. They have since added accesories to do plane irons and such which makes it less of a one trick pony This tool is worth every penny even if you only use it for chisels

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

WS 3000

Review Summary

Excellant for chisels and plane blades. I did use it for some of my turning tools but now use it strictly for straight edge. Does an excellent job on them.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Very simple to use for even the amateur sharpener.

Review Summary

I have 2 sets of chisels. A paring set and a Bench set. Both are set at different angles. I had my friend sharpen them with his expensive waterstones and honing guides and they were awesome sharp. I used to baby these things. One day I opened the drawer to my chisels and pulled one out to use and found that it was badly nicked. I pulled another and found the same thing. I was horrified.
My wife sheepishly confessed that she had lent them to a flooring contractor who proceeded to use them to lift old wooden flooring being replaced in my home, nails and all. They had butchered about 60% of them. I would have had to grind the bevels(they were that bad) sharpen and hone about 8 chisels. Enter the Worksharp 3000. Within an hour of purchase had all my chisels and my newly acquired plane irons back to razor honed edges. I have never sharpened a chisel in my life. Awesome! Moral of the tale; lockable chisel drawer!

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Simple, Fast and ease.

Review Summary

After tried a lot of systems I am using now the Work Sharp and all my tools are absolute sharp. I spend less time sharpening and more in doing woodworking.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Hate to hand sharpen.

Review Summary

Hand sharpening is such a bitch job I hate it, could never get it right. Walla, the WS 3000 takes all the headaches away from this necessary and important job. Now my planes and chisles are so sharp I'm able to use them like a pro... Edge planning prior to edge gluing is the best thing I've ever learned, that only works with sharp tools. It's a little pricey but the results are priceless.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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