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For the last few days I have been considering adding a Worksharp WS3000 to my shop. Today I didn't really have anything particular in mind to do and started thinking about sharpening some chisels. I been sharpening my own chisels since I was a kid and thought how much I really enjoy doing it when I'm not pushed for time (which is never at my age). So I went out to my shop, got my stuff out, sat down on a stool and sharpened some chisels. No radio, no people, just me, my thoughts and the sound of steel against sharpening media. An hour later I was ready to quit so I shut off the lights, came in the house made a cup of tea, and decided I don't really want to spend my $200.00 for a WS3000.
 

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@Stick486: I don’t know, Stick. I got a working system as is. You’ve heard if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and a penny saved is a penny earned. I might just keep my money.
 
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I got very enthusiastic about the Work Sharp, and it was great for regrinding some badly abused chisels. But since I no longer put my chisels away withought a touchup on a diamond stone, the machine sits idle on a shelf. Money wasn't tight when I bought it, but that's changing these days. Degfinitely getting more tight fisted recently.
 

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The longer you’re retired the tighter you’ll clench that fist even if you don’t necessarily need too.
 
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Had a WS3000 for several years. Used it once. Sold it last month.
Been using that Veritas honing jig and, it works very well.
 

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Way too many designs out there for jigs for sharpening chisels and plane blades for me to ever buy one. If I ever need one, I'll just make it. Here is one example. Honing jig - FineWoodworking
 

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@Stick486: I don’t know, Stick. I got a working system as is. You’ve heard if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and a penny saved is a penny earned. I might just keep my money.
can't do any better than that...
 

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For the last few days I have been considering adding a Worksharp WS3000 to my shop. Today I didn't really have anything particular in mind to do and started thinking about sharpening some chisels. I been sharpening my own chisels since I was a kid and thought how much I really enjoy doing it when I'm not pushed for time (which is never at my age). So I went out to my shop, got my stuff out, sat down on a stool and sharpened some chisels. No radio, no people, just me, my thoughts and the sound of steel against sharpening media. An hour later I was ready to quit so I shut off the lights, came in the house made a cup of tea, and decided I don't really want to spend my $200.00 for a WS3000.
There certainly are alot of ways to do it faster, perhaps even better,,,but none are as satisfying as doing it by hand...This is why my 3000 has sat idle for years and I've finally decided to sell it.

Great lil story!
 

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I certainly agree with the philosophy of don’t fix what isn’t broke. When I first decided to get serious about sharpening I bought the LV grinding jig and a white Norton grinding wheel. I also got a hard felt wheel and the green honing compound. All of those were good choices. The grinding jig re establishes the correct angles and a hollow grind that lasts for quite a few hand sharpenings and honings and the felt wheel starts a mirror finish on the edge. If you can easily shave hair off your arm then I’m happy with that. I don’t need more sharpening equipment than what I have.
 

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refreshing ...isn't it...
but don't you want to spend your saved money here...
Veritas® Mk.II Honing Guide System - Lee Valley Tools
I have been sharpening chisels too and the Veritas Mk.II is what I use. I just got the part that holds chisels and I love it. Before I just used the one meant for plane irons. ""Big mistake"" It will not hold them straight. I also had to flatten my water stones.
 
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