I have to chuckle when I think about this topic…there’s nothing like asking multiple serious wood workers how they sharpen their tools to inspire a lively debate. It can be seriously overwhelming trying to decide which method to commit to. I took a bit of a cop-out approach and bought a Work Sharp Tool Sharpener and later added on the Wide Blade Attachment so I could sharpen my larger plane irons.
I might venture out in the future to the world of sharpening stones etc. but for now I prefer the rather “idiot proof” set up of the work sharp.
It has a nice little drawer in my work bench that holds all of the accessories. Chisels are sharpened at the little port you see on the right, as well as smaller plane irons. Larger plane irons are sharpened from above. It also came with a wheel for sharpening lathe tools. It comes with settings for 20°, 25°, 30° and 35°, you just push a lever and select the angle you wish to grind/hone on your blade.
It’s really quick and easy to pull this out, sharpen my tools and get back to work! Here is the infomercial put out by Work Sharp that takes you though all of the features. Demonstration of Work Sharp WS3000
One day my very traditionalist friend handed me a block plane and said, “I want to watch you sharpen this.” I’ll have to admit I was a bit nervous, he has tools he doesn’t let people touch because of how particular his about keeping them sharp. So I pulled out my Work Sharp, straightened up the cutting edge of his iron and proceeded to sharpen it. When I was done he said, “I’ve got to get me one of those!” *Big sigh* my sharpening skills had passed the test ;0)
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