Re: Work Sharp 2000 Questions

Hello Casper,
In early March of 2007, I received an e-mail from Jack Rubinger concerning a new sharpening system that was being introduced by Professional Tool Manufacturing, best known for the Drill Doctor drill bit sharpener and the Darex industrial sharpener. This new system, “The Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener” was claimed to be good for sharpening a broad array of woodworking tools including chisels, plane irons, spoke shaves, carving tools and lathe tools.
Jack asked if I was interested in publishing an announcement on this new sharpener. I read over his description and looked at the video on their web site before responding. My comment was that it looks like an excellent system for sharpening carpenter’s chisels, but I did not think that it would be suitable for sharpening the majority of woodturning tools. He assured me that a number of woodturners were using the new sharpener and found it useful.
I finally agreed to review the new system and received a package a few days later with a Work Sharp and its many accessories. I gave it a good check out and published my report in the July 2007 issue of More Woodturning magazine. My final conclusions follow:
For someone sharpening their turning tools free hand, the Work Sharp will handle most turning tools once the user becomes familiar with how it works and modifies their method of sharpening to fit the machine. For the person who does a lot of cabinet work and a little bit of woodturning, especially spindle work, the Work Sharp should be a welcome addition in their shop. It is easy to use and provides a flat grinding surface, that is always flat.
I have found it useful to take with me when I'm demonstrating away from home over a weekend. It is small and compact and serves the purpose.
What I would recommend for a turner wishing to sharpen their turning tools in their shop is a Woodcraft Slow Speed Grinder (cost under $100) and a Wolverine Grinding jig set up to place on it. This will provide all of the capability you will need to sharpen all woodturning tools. The grinder also comes with white wheels, which is desireable for turning tools.
Fred Holder <
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