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  • Doug Ridley
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    What is the difference in the WS3000 and theWS2000 other than the fact that I can buy the 2000 for only $100.00?

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  • Hi_Ho_Sliver
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    Originally posted by BobD
    Good idea Dave!!! It should be easy to do! Can I mention that suggestion in my review???

    Bob

    Sure....I sent that suggestion to Woodtek several years ago, they didn't even respond. Yes by all means, maybe some manufacturer will pickup on it....it is sorely needed in my opinion.

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  • BobD (Archive)
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    I haven't even gotten the new one yet (it's due out the end of this month...) so that will be in the holiday issue...as soon as I have a chance to try it out, I'll let you know!

    Bob

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  • xsailer
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    Bob D,
    From you previous comments about getting for review an updated version of the WoodSharp tool makes made me think about waiting for you input. You said it was made more for a woodcarver. Like Muddler I also want to purchase a sharpener ASAP but if a better updated product is on the way I'll wait. Is this still true?
    I had previously asked if would let the forum know your opinion of the updated version. Of course I did not expect a full report just a few words of encouragement to a few hundred(thousand?) of your forum friends. I just wanted you to know I wasn't expecting a full report steeling thunder from your future anaylsis/review to the magazine.

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  • BobD (Archive)
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    I'd definately get the leather wheel...and maybe an extra slotted wheel. As for the abrasives...I like the fact that they offer an assortment in the packs, but I think it is more cost effective to purchase the grits you like in bulk. I know Lee Valley sells the microabrasives in sheets (They are PSA) for the glass wheels.

    I don't know any other place that carries the slotted abrasives, though...so an assortment of them would also be handy!

    Bob

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  • muddler
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    Alright, I have convinced myself that the Worksharp is the system for me. Has anyone used the system and are there recommendations for extras topurchase with the system that are really good to have in addition to what comes in the box?

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  • muddler
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    BobD:

    Based on what you have observed using the Work Sharp, would you put down "your personal" $200+ to purchase the system? Earlier you stated it worked great sharpening some of your gouges, and that it did a great job on your plan irons and bench chisels. You haven't used the Jool system but based on your use of the Work Sharp did it do what you expected?
    It is only your opinion but your opinion, if you have no dog in the fight, (and being someone that has used the system) is better then taking the word of the seller which needs me to spend my cash with them.

    Muddler

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  • chuckt
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    Heh heh! Yeah - I hear ya. I too have plane irons and bench chisels and I am hoping to one day ($'s are limited) build up a fully capable woodworking shop (not just carving). So I am leaning towards the Work Sharp too. Gotta think more on it. <sigh> Why can't anything be simple? I'll be sitting on the fence forever at this rate.

    ChuckT

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  • BobD (Archive)
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    I couldn't choose! I think either is a good choice. I like the variable speed options of the jool tool, but I think the WorkSharp does a better job with flat chisels and plane irons (I restore old planes as a hobby). So for me, the flexibility of the Work Sharp (and how amazingly fast I can sharpen flat tools) makes it my winner.

    That said, I'm extremely particular about my plane irons. a 25-degree bevel with a micro bevel...I can't see how to get a precise bevel and microbevel on the JoolTool

    I also like the Work Sharp because I can lap the back side of my chisels and plane irons... so that would be my choice...it handle's all of my sharpening needs.

    That said. if I were only sharpening carving tools...it would be a very difficult call!!! Everyone I've talked to absolutely loves their JoolTool...and thinks they are well worth the money!

    So...I'm firmly on the fence!!!

    Bob

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  • chuckt
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    Hmm - just realized that the one thing this system doesn't do that the JoolTool does is polish the inner bevel of gouges. I suppose one could always continue to use a molded wood strop (either power or manual) or a cloth type buffing wheet to achieve that end.

    I don't think even the JoolTool grinds an inner bevel on gouges though. This is something the Chris Pye seems to feel is important, but I guess that can really only be achieved with slipstones. How important do others here feel setting an inner bevel is?

    ChuckT

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  • chuckt
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    Cool! This system looks like a real winner. Will your review be a full article in the next issue? Or posted here? I don't want to wait too much longer on getting a system. If you had to choose between this or the JoolTool - which would you go with and why?

    FYI for others following this thread. This tool is also available from other vendors than Garret Wade (Grizzly, Rockler, Northern Tools, etc.) so it may not be backordered from other vendors.

    ChuckT

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  • BobD (Archive)
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    You have to free-hand the bevels on gouges, but since you can see the bevel through the spinning wheel, it isn't a problem.

    When sharpening knives you need to hold the blade tangentially to the rotation.

    One thing I forgot to note; the leather stropping wheel is NOT see-through. But they include micro abrasives for the slotted wheel, and it is very, very fine grit (about as coarse as the compound you put on a strop). For gouges, I don't even use the stop, I keep the microabrasive wheel on and use that. It polishes it as well as the strop.

    Bob

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  • chuckt
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    Wow! This system looks really nice and quite a bit less costly than the JoolTool. Both have the advantage of being able to see the edge you are sharpening but this one has the ability to hold the tool in a built in jig for precise bevel angle setting. Cool!

    Now I think I am leaning towards this system. Bob - I am really looking forward to your full review. I'd really like to see a side by side comparison type review between this system, the Woodcraft Horizontal sharpening system, the JoolTool, the Chipping Away style Ultimate Power Sharpener, the Burke, etc. There are so many power sharpening systems out now that it can be tough trying to decide which is the "best" way to go.

    Based on Mark's review in the other thread here I was all set to plunk my $ down for the JoolTool - but this system is very nice and less costly it seems.

    I was just going to cross post about a thread on the "other" mags board in their Tools area where the issue of sharpening small knives and catching the edge on the JoolTool was raised. That author also positively reviewing the Woodcraft Horizontal sharpening system and had no problem sharpening small knives with it. At $100 it is even less costly - but you can't see the edge you are sharpening like with this system.

    I am wondering - they showed using the slotted guide under the tool for sharpening bench chisels - do they have anything for maintaining a standard bevel angle for sharpening carving knives or gouges - or is that all done freehand?

    Also - when sharpening knives and you need to sharpen the other side - do you turn the blade edge into the rotation of the disk? Or do you also have to hold the blade tangentially to the rotation to avoid digging the edge into the abrasive? With this tool given the rigidity of the disk it may be less of an issue that with the JoolTool.

    Thoughts?
    ChuckT

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  • xsailer
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    BobD,
    Would be very intersted in hearing your appraisal (or any others)of the "newer" WoodSharp tool. Would it be too much to ask for your comments on the forum instead of waiting for the published word? I'm wanting to purchase either the Jool or the WoodSharp tool ASAP, of course I would want the made for woodcarvers version appraisal before buying. They both appear to be good tools I guess maybe it would come down personal choices.

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  • BobD (Archive)
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    Good idea Dave!!! It should be easy to do! Can I mention that suggestion in my review???

    Bob

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