Work Sharp WS3000 User`s guide

Work Sharp WS3000 User`s guide
Thank You
Table of Contents
Thank you for purchasing a WORK SHARP™ Wood Tool Sharpener. As
president of this company, I am very excited and proud to offer you this
quality, innovative product. I am equally proud of the great people at
Professional Tool Mfg. LLC who are dedicated to designing, marketing,
and manufacturing great products.
A Message from the President of ProTool................................ 2
At ProTool, we strive to make every sharpening experience easy, fast,
and effective. I am confident you will find the performance and precision you expect in this high quality sharpening system. With this breakthrough approach to sharpening, you can now sharpen your wood tools
much faster and without the mess of a wet system. It will work every
Safety........................................................................................ 3
If you have questions, suggestions, or need help with your Work
Sharp™ Wood Tool Sharpener, please contact us. Our customer representatives are here to help. We support what we build and we appreciate hearing from you!
Though we believe operating your Work Sharp™ tool will be intuitive, please read this User’s Guide to ensure you achieve the superior
results you desire. We have included some sharpening tips you may
find handy. Please to visit our website at
There you will find:
• Demonstrations of all operations with the sights and sounds leading to successful tool sharpening
• Downloadable copies of this User’s Guide
• Warranty registration
• Service and contact numbers
Thank you again for buying a Work Sharp™ Wood Tool Sharpener.
enjoy its performance, quality and precision.
Table of Contents...................................................................... 2
Getting to Know Your Tool & Parts Checklist.......................... 5
Available Accessories............................................................... 6
Assembling Your Tool............................................................... 7
Quick Start Guide..................................................................... 8
Sharpening Straight-Edged Tools........................................... 10
Freehand Topside Sharpening................................................ 12
Underside Sharpening with See-Through Slotted Wheel........ 12
Work Sharp™ Wood Tool Sharpener Maintenance................. 13
Troubleshooting FAQ.............................................................. 13
Technical Support................................................................... 15
Warranty................................................................................. 15
Rigid bevel angle settings and Skew Cam provide precise positioning of the Sharpening Port. Bevel and skew geometry are not affected by wheel diameter, chisel size, or complex user setup.
Simple setup. Just set the angle and sharpen. No calibration required for changing wheel diameter. No measurement required for
setting of tool stick out and angle.
Coarse grinding for rapid shaping and micro-fine honing in one port.
No need to change between fixtures, grade wheels, or move from
machine to hand sharpening to achieve a razor-sharp edge.
Forced air-cooling allows higher material removal rates without affecting the steel temper. Conventional dry systems surface speed is
limited by heat buildup in the tool and wet systems surface speed
is limited by the mess from water flinging off the wheel.
The Work Sharp’s design allows for quick reshaping of a new
or damaged chisel, and fast honing of a micro bevel. Precise bevel
angles are set in the Sharpening Port, not in a fixture or jig, so
switching between angles is simple and fast.
Installation / Assembly
• Carefully unpack the Work Sharp™ Wood Tool Sharpener and set
it on a table or workbench. Check to see that no damage has occurred in shipment. Check all packing material to be sure that all
parts are present. See User’s Guide for part identification diagram.
• The Work Sharp™ Wood Tool Sharpener needs to be placed on a
flat stable tabletop to complete assembly.
The system’s repeatability allows the user to sharpen multiple
tools at any combinations of angle and abrasive type without extra
set-up. Most conventional systems require a jig or user set-up that
requires sharpening one tool at a time because the setup can’t be
repeated accurately.
Tool Sharpener can generate in excess of 85 dB(A) noise emissions
under certain load conditions.
• DO NOT ABUSE THE CORD. Never yank the cord to disconnect it
from the socket. Keep the cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
Do not modify the electrical plug provided—if it will not fit the outlet, have the proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.
• USE PROPER EXTENSION CORD. Use only 3-wire extension cords
that have 3-prong grounding plugs and 3-pole receptacles that accept the tool’s plug. Make sure your extension cord is in good condition. When using an extension cord, be sure to use one heavy enough
to carry the current your product will draw. An undersized cord will
cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating. Use marked outdoor extension cord leads when the tool is used
• Connect to properly wired outlet, or electrical shock may occur.
come to a complete stop before leaving work area.
• MAINTAIN TOOL WITH CARE. Keep the Work Sharp™ Wood
Tool Sharpener clean for best and safest performance. Follow instructions for maintenance and changing accessories. Inspect cords
periodically and if damaged have them repaired by an authorized
service facility. Inspect extension cords periodically and replace if
damaged. Keep unit dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
When using electric tools, basic safety precautions should always be
followed to prevent the risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury.
• KEEP WORK AREA CLEAN. Cluttered areas and work benches invite accidents.
or wet locations, avoid exposure to rain. Keep work area well lit. Do
not use tools in the presence of flammable liquids or gases.
• GUARD AGAINST ELECTRIC SHOCK. Avoid body contact with
earthed or grounded surfaces (e.g., pipes, radiators, ranges, refrigerators).
• KEEP OTHER PERSONS AWAY. Do not let persons not involved in
the work (especially children) touch the tool or power cord.
Work Sharp Technology—Creating the Edge
For your own safety, please read this User’s Guide before operating the
Work Sharp™ Wood Tool Sharpener.
Selecting the Right Abrasive for the Job................................... 9
And remember, Work Smart, Work Sharp!
Hank O’Dougherty
President, Professional Tool Mfg., LLC
Maker of Work Sharp™, Drill Doctor™, and DAREx™
Safety Instructions
• SECURE WORK. Use clamps or a vise to hold work when practical.
It’s safer than using your hand and it frees both hands to operate the
• DO NOT FORCE THE TOOL. It will do the job better and safer at the
rate for which it was intended.
• USE THE RIGHT TOOL. Don’t force tool or attachment to do a job
for which it was not designed. Don’t force small tools to do the job of
a heavy duty tool. Do not use the tool for purposes not intended.
• DRESS PROPERLY. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry; they can
be caught in moving parts. Wear protective hair covering to contain
long hair.
• USE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Use safety glasses. Use face or
dust mask if working operations create dust.
• DISCONNECT TOOLS. Always disconnect the Work Sharp™
Wood Tool Sharpener when cleaning, inspecting, and changing accessories, such as the tempered glass wheel plates. When not in
use, disconnect from the power supply. Never touch internal parts of
the sharpener when it is turned on or plugged in. The rotating glass
plate wheel can cause injury.
• STORE IDLE TOOLS. When not in use, tools should be stored in a
dry, locked-up place out of the reach of children.
• AVOID UNINTENTIONAL STARTING. Make sure switch is in the
“OFF” position before plugging in.
• STAY ALERT. Watch what you are doing, use common sense and do
not operate the tool when you are tired or impaired.
• DON’T OVERREACH. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• NEVER STAND ON TOOL. Serious injury could occur if the tool is
tipped or if the cutting tool is unintentionally contacted.
• DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN TOP KNOB. The Knob only needs to be
finger tight.
• CHECK DAMAGED PARTS. Before use of the tool, it should be carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform
its intended function. Check for alignment of moving parts, binding
of moving parts, breakage of parts, mounting and any other conditions that may affect its operation. A guard or other part that is
damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by an authorized
service center unless otherwise indicated in the instruction manual.
Have defective switches replaced by an authorized service center. Do
not use the tool if the switch does not turn it on and off.
INJURY MAY OCCUR. Dispose of a chipped or broken Glass Wheel
accordingly, being careful to not cut yourself on the glass chips or
fragments. The tempered glass wheels should not break or present a
safety risk when used under normal conditions.
For best results, use only PSA Abrasive disks recommended by
Work Sharp™.
• WARNING. The use of any accessory or attachment other than one
recommended in the instruction manual may present a risk of personal injury.
electric tool complies with the relevant safety rules. Repairs should
only be carried out by qualified persons using original spare parts;
otherwise this may result in considerable danger to the user.
• LATEX ALLERGY. The provided Crepe Stick used to clean the PSA
Abrasives is a natural latex product. If you have a latex allergy, do
not touch or handle the Crepe Stick. It has been bagged to protect
against allergic reaction.
For Service Contact:
Professional Tool Manufacturing, LLC
Work Sharp
210 E. Hersey St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 1-800-597-6170
FAX: 541-552-1377
Email: [email protected]
Some dust created by power sanding, grinding, miscellaneous
construction activities, as well as contents from the machine including the molding, wiring, grinding wheel, or any other parts
may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm and can be hazardous to your health.
Getting to Know
Your Tool
The Wood Tool Sharpener & Hone
Tempered Glass
Tool Rest
Top Knob
Keep your Work Sharp unit and the work space clean for best
performance and safety. Do not let sharpening debris accumulate on, in or around the Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener. Accumulated fine metal sharpening debris can be very hot and may
present a fire danger if the machine or your workspace is not
properly cleaned and maintained. Accumulated sharpening debris can also degrade the life of your Work Sharp unit and cause
premature wear on some components.
If sharpening debris has accumulated, do not immediately throw
it into a trash receptacle without ensuring the debris is completely cool and free of heat. Improperly disposing of the accumulated sharpening debris may present a fire risk. The Work
Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener has been designed to suspend the
sharpening debris as long as possible and disperse the debris
onto the workspace behind the tool. This maximizes the opportunity to cool the sharpening debris being produced. Do not collect the sharpening debris during sharpening. This increases the
risk of heat build up in the debris and the potential for fire.
Wheel Shroud
Wheel Direction
Skew Cam
Adjustment Lever
2" Sharpening Port
and Heat Sink
Port Fence
Fence Adjustment
T-Slots for mounting
Angle Indicator
Power Switch
Bevel Angle
Selection Lever
Underside Port
T-Slots for mounting
Bench Mounting
6' Power Cord
Bench Mounting
Tool Specs
Wheel Speed
580 RPM (gear reduced)
Wheel Material
150mm tempered float glass
Tool Construction
Cast-aluminum top; sheet-metal housing; impact and vibration-resistant, tool-grade plastic base
Cooling System
Heat sink with routed airflow
Power Connection
Industrial grade switch with safety lockout; grounded 6' power cord
150mm and 2" premium, durable PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) ceramic oxide and aluminum oxide
abrasives (Also accepts standard 6" abrasives. Trimming is required to fit 150mm tempered glass wheel.)
150mm Micro-Mesh™ 3600 cushioned abrasive (6 µ micron)
(Leather disk and honing compound accessory available.)
⁄ horsepower induction
Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener Component Checklist
Standard Kit includes:
User’s Guide
2 tempered Glass
PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive)
Abrasive Kit
Top Knob
Your Tool
1.Carefully remove the tool and the accessories kit from the box.
2.Refer to Component Checklist (page 6) to ensure that you have
received all the components, including Abrasives.
Top Tool Rest
and Hardware (2
PSA Abrasive Kit includes:
150 mm PSA Abrasive to be adhered to
the tempered Glass Wheels:
• P120 (127µ) Ceramic Oxide
• P400 (35µ) Aluminum Oxide
• P1000 (18µ) Aluminum Oxide
• Micro Mesh 3600
2"×2" PSA Abrasive for the
heat sink/lapping surface:
• 400x (35µ) Ceramic Oxide
Fast, Precise, Versatile Wood Tool Sharpening
Crepe Stick
Micro-Mesh™ 3600
cushioned honing abrasive,
equivalent to 6µ (micron)
Slotted Wheel
Additional Abrasives
See-Through Slotted Wheel
Abrasives Kit: Coarse
Abrasives Kit: Fine
2 pcs. 150mm P80, 2 pcs. 150mm P120,
3 pcs. 150mm P220, 2 pcs. 2" P400
4 pcs. 150mm P400, 6 pcs. 150mm P1000,
2 pcs. 2" P400
Leather Honing Wheel with Compound
Abrasives Kit: Slotted
Abrasives Kit: Micro-Mesh™ Honing Kit
150mm leather disk adhered to a 150mm tempered glass
wheel (Chromium oxide honing compound included)
1 pc. P80 slotted, 2 pcs. P400 slotted, 2 pcs. P1200
slotted, 1 pc. 150mm Micro-Mesh™ 3600 slotted
1 pc. 150mm 3600 Micro-Mesh™,
1 pc. 150mm 6000 Micro-Mesh™
4.Visually inspect your tool for potential damage incurred during
shipment. If there is damage, call 800-597-6170 to speak to a Customer Service Representative.
replace this Abrasive to the heat sink, the Fence must first be moved
all the way to the left of the Sharpening Port, and the wheel must
be removed. To traverse the Fence to the left, simply roll the Fence
Alignment Knob toward yourself. Keep traversing the Fence to the
left side of the Sharpening Port until it passes the notched wall on
the left side and stops. Do not force the Fence Alignment Knob or
Fence. Once the Fence is completely on the left side of the Sharpening Port, peel the backing off the 2" x 2" P400 PSA abrasive. Handle
the Abrasive by the outer edges, being careful not to get any contaminants on the PSA backing as they will produce lumps under the
paper and decrease sharpening performance. You will have to slide
the Abrasive under the Wheel Shroud. Be sure that the Abrasive fits
squarely on the heat sink and that the upper edge of the Abrasive
(closest to the center of the Wheel Hub) fits right to the edge of the
heat sink.
5.Apply PSA Abrasive. A clean work environment is critical during
the adhesion of the PSA Abrasive. Unpack and clean the tempered
Glass Wheels with isopropyl alcohol, paint thinner or acetone to ensure a clean surface to adhere the PSA Abrasives. Mineral spirits is
not recommended since it leaves an oily residue.
The 2 tempered glass wheels provided are intended to have a different abrasive grit on each surface. This allows you to have a coarse
grinding wheel for shaping and sharpening and a fine grinding wheel
for honing.
To apply the chosen 150 mm Abrasive to a Glass Wheel surface,
simply peel the backing off the abrasive disk. Handle the Abrasive
disc by the outer edges, being careful not to get any contaminants
on the PSA backing as they will produce lumps under the paper and
decrease sharpening performance. Flex the paper into a “U” shape
so the center of the Abrasive is centered on the Glass Wheel. Slowly
flatten out the Abrasive from the center working toward the outer
edge of the Glass Wheel. For best results, roll a dowel over the Glass
Wheel after adhering the Abrasive to remove any air bubbles that
have formed. If air bubbles remain under the PSA Abrasive after
rolling, pierce them with a needle or fine knife point and then press
them firmly to remove the air.
6.Place the tempered Glass Wheel with coarse abrasives onto the
Wheel Hub. Mount the Wheel so the coarser side of the Glass Wheel
is facing up. Secure the Wheel with the provided Top Knob. Do not
over-tighten the Top Knob; it only needs to be finger tight.
Tempered Glass Wheel
3.Remove all packing materials and store in case you ever need to
return the unit for servicing.
Your Work Sharp also includes a Slotted Wheel for see-through
sharpening of radius tools using the Underside Sharpening Port.
The corresponding slotted Abrasive is specifically designed for this
Wheel. Make sure all the slots in the abrasive properly align with
the slots in the wheel surface. This will ensure proper performance
of the Slotted Wheel during use.
Sharpening Port PSA Abrasive adhered to the heat sink.
The 2" x 2" P400 PSA Abrasive is adhered to the heat sink at the
manufacturer. The abrasive in the
Sharpening Port laps the back of a
tool during sharpening. This significantly decreases the burr, or wire,
during sharpening and dramatically
reduces sharpening time.
An extra piece of this abrasive has been provided for you. To
7.Install the Top Tool Rest. To install your Top Tool Rest, first remove it from the packaging and locate the 2 provided thumbscrews
to mount the Tool Rest. Simply slide the Top Tool Rest into the TSlots on the top of the unit. Thread the provided fasteners into the
tapped holes in the Tool Rest. Ensure the Tool Rest is level by placing a level on top of the Tool Rest surface. Once you have located
the height and level of the Tool Rest you wish, tighten the 2 thumbscrews to secure the Tool Rest. Do not over-tighten these 2 thumbscrews, as you can potentially stress and/or damage the T-Slots in
the top casting.
Quick Start
This is intended as a brief introduction or refresher on the use of your
tool, please read the following sections in their entirety before first use
of the Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener.
Flatten tool back on top of wheel using a two-handed, freehand
method. IMPORTANT: Lay tool onto Abrasive heel first. Do not grind or
round off the cutting edge!
Selecting the Right
Abrasive for the Job
Place tool to be sharpened back down (bevel facing up) in the
Sharpening Port onto the lapping Abrasive.
Determine tool type and desired sharpening angle: 20°, 25°, 30°
or 35°.
• Chisels and plane irons up to 2" are sharpened in the Sharpening
• Wider tools are sharpened freehand on top of wheel surface using
the Top Tool Rest.
equivalent to 127 µ (micron)
for use with damaged or chipped
equivalent to 35 µ (micron)
for use with nearly sharp tools
which only require a touch-up
equivalent to 18 µ (micron)
equivalent to 6 µ (micron)
Ceramic Oxide Benefits
Aluminum Oxide Benefits
for use when fine sharpening the
• Fastest cut rate
• Fast cut rate
for use when honing the tool
• Cool cutting
• Consistent finish
• Longest life
• Increased life
• Maximum load resistance
• Reduced loading
• Carving and lathe tools are sharpened using the see-through Slotted Wheel.
About Work Sharp Abrasive Technology
• Coated abrasive disks start flat and stay flat. (Bonded abrasives used
in stones and most power systems require frequent dressing to keep
the wheel flat.)
Set the angle of the Sharpening Port to the desired angle.
To change Sharpening Port angles, place your thumb on the heat sink,
while grasping the Bevel Angle Adjustment Lever with your fingers
(see image). Squeeze thumb and fingers together to release spring
loaded tooth engagement. Move Port up or down to change angles.
Look on the right side of Sharpening Port next to the Fence Alignment
Knob to reference the angle selected.
• Heat treated aluminum oxide and ceramic abrasives provide a polished finish superior to oil and water stones without the mess.
Move Fence lightly against tool using the Fence Alignment Knob
on right side of port. Leave Fence loose enough for tool to slide between Fence and guide rail.
Slide tool (bevel up) into Sharpening Port between Fence and guide
rail. Contact Wheel for 1–2 seconds (no longer), then pull tool away
from the Wheel, being sure to keep the back of the tool flat on the lapping Abrasive. It is important to pull the cutting edge at least halfway
down the lapping Abrasive to remove any burr that may have been created. Repeat this plunge and pull process approximately 10 times until
damage to the cutting edge has been removed and a consistent finish
is attained.
• Premium P-graded Abrasives provide more consistent cutter height
and smoother surface finish than traditional bonded and plated abrasives. (As bonded wheels wear they tend to round the edges/corner
of the tool. As the abrasive particles wear, the bond breaks down,
exposing new particles but always at a different depth.)
• The grit size is engineered to provide optimal sharpness and surface
finish at each stage of sharpening. (Users who are interested in a
“utility sharp” edge will find exceptional edge performance on the
faster coarse grits without the need to hone.)
Micro Mesh
• The abrasive selection is integrated with design of the Work Sharp
drive train and cooling system to provide the fastest material removal rate while minimizing the risk of overheating tool steels.
Repeat this plunge and pull process using finer grit selections until
the tool has reached desired finish or sharpness. For optimum finish
use all grits provided. Final hone and micro bevel if desired.
• Accepts standard 150 mm or 6" PSA-backed adhesive that is readily available. (No custom adhesives or expensive custom wheels required. Coarse grits are available at most hardware/woodworking
stores. Fine grits are readily available at any automotive paint supply store.)
• Abrasive disk life can be extended significantly by regular cleaning
using the supplied disk cleaner (Crepe Stick). Simply rub the Crepe
Stick across the surface of the Wheel to remove any loading or buildup on the Abrasive.
• Two-sided wheel and off-the-shelf abrasive makes it easy to switch
between coarse and fine abrasives. (Doesn’t require re-grading the
wheel just to switch between coarse and fine Abrasives. Doesn’t require an expensive selection of custom wheels or disks.)
Assure that you have the proper grit selected and installed on the
Sharpener. Please refer to “Selecting the Right Abrasive for the Job”
(p. 10) for more information concerning grit selection.
FEPA (Europe)
• The sharpening port includes a lapping abrasive that provides superior burr control and allows for 1-step re-sharpening.
Individual Mesh
Straight-Edged Tools
☛ Master Tip: Sharpen even new tools
It is imperative to sharpen a new tool before use. Most manufacturers only rough grind a tool and do not properly flatten
the back or hone the primary bevel angle. The entire back does
not need to be flat, only the third of the chisel back from the
cutting edge to the handle needs to be flat. Once this is done to
a new tool, it does not need to be done again, unless the tool
has become damaged or you have sharpened past the third of
the back you have already flattened. For best tool performance
and ease of use, a new tool must be sharpened to achieve a
flat back and keen bevel edge. New tools often come coated
in lacquer, or some type of hardened protective coating. For
best results, remove this coating with paint or lacquer thinner
before sharpening. This will keep your Abrasives from loading
up and needing premature replacement.
Look through the Bevel Angle Selection Window on the right side of
Sharpening Port next to the Fence
Alignment Knob to reference the
angle selected.
Once you have selected the
desired Sharpening Port angle,
you can proceed to fit the tool into
the Sharpening Port. To do so, lay
the tool to be sharpened into the
Sharpening Port back down (bevel
up) so that it lies flat on the heat
sink surface. The Sharpening Port
offers a guide rail on each side and
also an Adjustable Fence to ensure
a square bevel grind.
Tools under ½" wide can be sharpened on the left side of Port,
while tools wider than ½" should be sharpened on the right side of
the Port. This is due to the varying Wheel speed at different surface
points. The center of the Wheel has a slower surface speed and is less
likely to overheat a smaller tool.
☛ Master Tip
Be sure to lay the tool down heel first and not cutting edge
first on the right side of the wheel. This will ensure that you do
not grind material away from the tool back at the cutting edge,
which makes it very difficult to sharpen to a keen edge. If you
do accidentally remove material from the chisel back at the
cutting edge, you must continue to grind the tool back flat until
the damage is removed. It may take a long time to perform this
task, but it is crucial to achieving a keen cutting edge.
STEP 4 • Honing the Tool
Honing chisels, plane irons, etc.
and square on the lapping Abrasive in the Sharpening Port. This is a
critical step since the lapping Abrasive on the heat sink removes
the burr wire. The best sharpening method is to repeatedly ‘plunge
and pull’ the tool in the Sharpening Port. This not only minimizes heat
build up in the tool being sharpened, but also assists in removing the
burr wire edge when you pull the tool back across the lapping Abrasive
in the Sharpening Port. Using this plunge and pull method will yield
a keen sharp edge the fastest. Once the tool back and primary bevel
have been completely sharpened (the entire surface has an even grind
finish), turn unit off and change Abrasive Wheel to a finer grit. Repeat
same sharpening steps on finer grits to remove scratches from previous
coarser grit grinding. Continue sharpening all the way up to the finest
grit to achieve sharpest results.
☛ Master Tip: Create a micro bevel
STEP 1 • Flatten the tool back
Mount your coarse
Abrasive Wheel with
P120 face up to flatten
the chisel or plane iron
back. Turn on the unit
and use the freehand
method to flatten the
tool back by carefully
placing the tool back
onto the right side of
the wheel (so the wheel
is spinning away from
Once the tool is placed on the proper side of the Port, move the
Fence lightly against tool using the Fence Alignment Knob. Leave the
Fence just loose enough for the tool to slide between the Fence and
guide rail. Slide tool (bevel up) into the Sharpening Port between the
Fence and guide rail and contact the Abrasive Wheel for 1–2 seconds
(longer will only produce more heat and a large burr wire). Pull the
tool away from the Wheel no less than one inch, while keeping it flat
If you desire, you can now sharpen your tool to have a micro
bevel. Generally, a micro bevel is sharpened
onto a cutting tool to minimize the amount of
time it takes to re-hone the cutting edge after
use, and to provide a stronger cutting edge. As
an additional benefit, a micro bevel will extend
the life of your Abrasives since you will be
re-sharpening a much smaller area each time.
Use the following micro bevel angle guide to
create a micro bevel quickly and easily:
• Use your P1000 Abrasive Wheel surface
face down to sharpen the micro bevel
• You only have to contact the wheel very
briefly to create the micro bevel
• If you sharpened to 20°, micro bevel in the
Sharpening Port at 25°
• If you sharpened to 25°, micro bevel in the
Sharpening Port at 30°
• If you sharpened to 30°, micro bevel in the
Sharpening Port at 35°
STEP 3 • Re-sharpening a tool
STEP 2 • Sharpen the primary bevel
The Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener has the ability to sharpen precise and repeatable bevel angles of 20°, 25°, 30° and 35°. To change
Sharpening Port angles, place your thumb on the heat sink while grasping the Bevel Angle Selection Lever with your fingers. Squeeze thumb
and fingers together to release spring-loaded tooth engagement. Pull
Sharpening Port all the way up to get a 20° bevel angle, move down
one click for a 25° bevel angle. Move down two clicks for a 30° bevel
angle, and all the way down to the bottom for a 35° bevel angle. Release thumb and finger squeeze to engage teeth to hold selected angle.
The steps to re-sharpen a tool are fundamentally the
same as the instructions outlined above for a new tool. The differences
are that you may not need to flatten the tool back again, depending
on the damage, and you will not need to start your sharpening on the
coarse grits. If the tool is not visibly chipped or damaged, start with
the fine Abrasive Wheel. Or, if you have sharpened a 5° micro bevel on
your tool as outlined above, you only need to re-sharpen the micro bevel
on the P1000 abrasive surface. If the tool is chipped or damaged, start
sharpening with a coarser grit for fastest results.
Micro-Mesh™ 3600 is a cushioned silicone carbide abrasive that provides a superior finish to tool steel. The provided Micro-Mesh™ honing
disk is the equivalent of 6µ (micron). For best results, sharpen your
tool with the provided abrasives of at least P400 and then P1000 and
ensure that the surface finish is clean, even and smooth after sharpening on the P1000 disk.
To hone the bevel of your tool, mount the Micro-Mesh™ honing disk
face down and turn the tool on. Repeatedly plunge and pull the tool to
the desired angle in the Sharpening Port. Continue bevel honing until a
consistent finish is achieved.
To hone the back of your tool, mount the Micro-Mesh™ honing disk
face up on the Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener. Firmly grasp the tool
to be honed and place the back of the tool (heel first) onto the right side
of honing surface so the wheel is turning away from you. Briefly contact
the honing surface with your tool back and check for finish. Continue
honing until desired finish is achieved.
Honing carving and lathe tools
Sharpen your carving and lathe tools using the slotted see through
wheel and underside sharpening port. To sharpen a carving or lathe
tool, mount the slotted wheel with the abrasive side face down. Turn
the unit on and place the tool to be sharpened under the wheel in the
underside sharpening port on the back side of the unit. As the wheel
spins, look down through the wheel to see the tool to be sharpened.
Slowly and carefully bring the tool to be sharpened up to the wheel
surface. You should now be able to see the exact point of contact where
the abrasive disk is contacting the tool. Sharpen the entire heel of the
tool until a consistent finish is achieved. Now move the tool so the point
of sharpening contact is at the cutting edge. Continue sharpening or
honing until desired finish or sharpness is attained.
Optional Honing Accessories for your Work Sharp sharpener
• The Work Sharp Leather Hone Accessory Kit comes with a 150mm
premium leather disk attached to a tempered glass wheel and Chromium Oxide honing compound.
• The Work Sharp Honing Media Accessory Kit comes with PSAbacked Micro-Mesh™ 3600 (6µ micron) and Micro-Mesh™ 6000 (2µ
• The Work Sharp Slotted Media Accessory Kit comes with a slotted piece of Micro-Mesh™ 6000 that will fit directly onto your Slotted Wheel. This will allow you to hone your tools to a mirror finish
using the see-through Slotted Wheel.
Topside Sharpening
etry is achieved. Then proceed to a finer grit slotted media to refine the
cutting edge and surface finish. Use the Micro-Mesh™ hone to polish
tool until desired finish is achieved.
☛ Master Tip
Use a permanent marker to mark the edge of the tool you wish
to sharpen. As you sharpen, you will be able to see the marker
ink being removed by the Abrasive. When the ink is gone, your
tool is sharp.
For lathe tools
STEP 1 • Mount Top Tool Rest
Mount the Top Tool Rest as shown on pages 7-8.
STEP 2 • Select Top Tool Rest height to
determine angle
The height of the Tool Rest above the wheel and the tool projection off
the Tool Rest determine the bevel angle sharpened. Lay the tool to be
sharpened across the Tool Rest and onto the Abrasive Wheel surface.
Be sure that the bevel is laying flat on the Abrasive Wheel surface.
Raise or lower the Top Tool Rest to find the proper bevel angle desired. Check the Tool Rest
for level by using a common
level. Once you have located the desired height and
level of the tool, tighten the
2 thumbscrews to secure
the Tool Rest. Do not overtighten.
STEP 3 • Sharpening
Once proper Tool Rest height and tool projection are determined, simply lay the tool on the right side of the Tool Rest and contact the Wheel
surface while the unit is turned on. Similar to the bevel grinding instructions for the Sharpening Port, start with a coarse grit Abrasive
Wheel for damaged tools or tools that need to be ground to new angles.
For tools that need to be sharpened, start with a finer grit Abrasive.
Please refer to “Selecting the Right Abrasive for the Job” (p. 10) for
more information concerning grit selection. Working on the right side
of the Tool Rest allows you to sharpen with the Wheel turning away
from you. This is the best position on the Tool Rest for optimum control
during sharpening. Sharpening in this manner also draws a burr wire
onto the edge of the tool, so you may need to touch the back of the tool
being sharpened onto the Abrasive Wheel surface to remove the burr
Lathe tools are more tolerant to coarse grinding and do not need to be
honed to a mirror finish. For these types of tools you can achieve workable sharp results using the coarser slotted Abrasives.
STEP 2 • Apply Slotted Abrasive to Slotted Wheel
If you have not already applied the Slotted Abrasive to the Slotted
Wheel, refer to the instructions on page 7. Standard 6" abrasives can
be used on the Slotted Wheel. Trimming will be required.
STEP 3 • Mount the Slotted Wheel
The Slotted Wheel mounts to the unit the same as the tempered Glass
Wheels. Always mount the PSA Abrasive face down. With the slotted wheel safely mounted and the unit turned on, you should be able
to see through the slotted wheel clearly for sharpening carving and
lathe tools underneath the wheel. A standard shop light or spot light
can also be used to shine on top of the slotted wheel during use to aid
in the visibility of the cutting edge.
STEP 4 • Freehand sharpening of radius
tools with the Slotted Wheel
With the Slotted Wheel properly mounted, you can begin sharpening
your radius carving and lathe tools. Orient the machine so that the back
of the machine is facing you and turn the Work Sharp unit power switch
to the on position. Slowly and carefully approach the Work Sharp unit
Underside Sharpen­ing with
See-through Slotted Wheel
The following instructions explain how to use the Slotted Wheel to
sharpen carving and lathe tools.
STEP 1 • Select the proper Abrasive
For carving tools
These tools should be sharpened using the provided slotted wheel and
abrasives, then final honed using the provided Micro-Mesh™ Hone
Wheel. Caution: using too coarse of an Abrasive on smaller tools may
cause the tool to overheat. If a carving tool has damage on the cutting
edge or needs to be shaped to meet your needs, start with a coarser
abrasive wheel and sharpen until damage is removed or desired geom-
After sharpening the beveled side of the radius tool, you will want to
remove the burr created on the inside edge of the tool. To do so you
can use either a very fine cone-shaped slip stone (available from any
woodworking supply store or catalog) or a dowel wrapped with a very
fine abrasive of at least P1000.
with your tool to be sharpened and position the tool. Looking down
through the Slotted Wheel, you should be able to see the tool to be
sharpened. Slowly approach the wheel with the tool to be sharpened
and place the heel of the tool onto the abrasive surface. You should be
able to see the exact point of contact between the Wheel and tool being
sharpened as you look down through the Slotted Wheel. Slowly and
carefully move the tool being sharpened on the abrasive so the entire
bevel heel is sharpened. Now carefully roll the surface being sharpened up to the cutting
edge. Continue until the
entire cutting edge is
sharp. Once the tool has
an edge you are satisfied with, you can stop
sharpening. You can
also mount the MicroMesh™ wheel to hone
a mirror polish on your
tools if you desire.
Determining if replacing the 150mm or 2"
Abrasive is required
The provided selection of Abrasives with the Work Sharp Wood Tool
Sharpener is designed to give you the best sharpening performance
available. We have included long-lasting and cool-grinding ceramic
oxide and aluminum oxide Abrasives that will provide you with longlasting results. However, it will wear out eventually. It may need to be
changed if:
• When sharpening a tool, it takes noticeably longer to achieve sharp
• Abrasive is ‘loading up’ and is not able to be cleaned further
• There is a tear, wrinkle, or hole in the Abrasive
• Cross contamination has occurred from a coarser grit
• There is a bubble or lump under the Abrasive on the Glass Wheel
Work Sharp Wood Tool
Sharpener Maintenance
After sharpening only a few tools, sharpening debris will accumulate
on your workbench and also under the Glass Wheel. Grinding particles
will promote wear in the Sharpening Port and can potentially contaminate your finer grit Abrasives, so cleaning on a consistent basis can
add life to your machine and Abrasives. Before any maintenance or
cleaning is performed, be sure to unplug your Work Sharp Wood
Tool Sharpener.
Cleaning your Work Sharp Wood Tool
With the Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener unplugged, remove
the Glass Wheel to expose the top of the unit and Sharpening Port.
Brush the accumulated sharpening debris from the Wheel and Sharpening Port area into a disposable container. Remove dust particles with a
small, dry brush. Dispose of the container and grinding dust in a safe
and environmentally approved manner. With a dry cloth or soft brush,
clean the Sharpening Port area to remove any sharpening debris that
may have accumulated.
☛ Master Tip
Be careful not to grind too aggressively as it will generate heat
in the tool being sharpened. If the tool being sharpened is getting warm to the touch, simply stop sharpening for a moment
until the tool cools down. This will help ensure against damaging the tool steel.
STEP 5 • Honing the inner edge of the bevel
For best results, use the Work Sharp replacement abrasives kits.
Work Sharp recommends the type of ceramic and aluminum oxide
Abrasives we provide because they create a finish superior to oil and
water stones—without the mess. In addition, the grit size is engineered
to provide optimal sharpness and finish at each stage of sharpening.
However, if you choose, you can also use any standard 6" PSA
abrasive available at your local hardware store or tool distributor. Trimming of standard 6” abrasives will be required to fit the 150mm tempered glass wheels. Or, you can also use a standard 8" x 11" sheet of
your preferred sandpaper, and cut it to size. First spray the Abrasive
backing with a spray tack adhesive, then place the Glass Wheel onto
the paper. Trace and cut the wheel shape out of the sheet of sandpaper.
Contact the store or dealer where you purchased the Work
Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener, or contact Work Sharp directly at, to purchase replacement abrasive kits.
Bevel edge not square
Important Safety Tip
Cleaning your PSA Abrasive during or after
With the Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener plugged in and turned
on, use the provided Crepe Block to clean the Abrasive. Start in the center of the Wheel on the right side (with the Wheel turning away from
you) and apply the Crepe Block with light pressure. Keeping constant
light pressure on the Wheel with the Crepe
Block, slowly pull the Crepe
Block to the outer edge
of the Wheel. Cleaning the Abrasive
frequently will not
only enable it to cut
faster and last longer, it will also keep
your work environment cleaner.
The bevel edge of the tool is skewed. You can
adjust the Skew Cam to compensate.
The Work Sharp Wood Tool Sharpener has
the ability to fine tune the amount of skew
sharpened onto a tool at the bevel edge. The
unit is factory set to provide you with a square
Skew Cam
Adjustment Lever
Skew Cam
Set Screw
tool edge. If the cutting edge on your tool is not perfectly square after
sharpening, you can adjust the Skew Cam on the Sharpening Port to
return the Port to square. (NOTE: The Skew Cam adjustment is not
designed to create or restore a skew chisel bevel edge. It is designed to
allow adjustment of the Sharpening Port to ensure square bevel edges.)
To do so, follow these simple steps:
STEP 1. Remove Glass Wheel from unit.
STEP 2. Locate Skew Cam Adjustment Lever and Scew Cam Set Screw
on right side of Sharpening Port.
Micro bevel on heel of bevel, not cutting edge
Sharpening Port jumps down under pressure
Wrong angle selected for micro bevel. You must micro bevel to a steeper
(larger) angle than your primary bevel to achieve a micro bevel. Example, if you sharpened your chisel to a 25° bevel and attempted to
micro bevel at 20°, you will grind the heel of the bevel edge, not the
cutting edge. Reference micro bevel detail on page 12.
• Sharpening Port engagement teeth are not properly aligned. See
Angle Selection View Port on right side of tool near Fence Knob to
ensure the proper angle selected is fully engaged.
Tool will not stay sharp
• You are applying too much downward force during sharpening. Do
not use excessive force.
• Tool was sharpened to too small of an angle for application. Try a
larger (stronger) bevel angle.
• If condition persists, please call a customer service agent for direction.
• The burr at the cutting edge was not removed. Follow repeated
‘plunge and pull’ method for best results.
• Try micro beveling your tool for a stronger, more durable cutting
The sharpening port fence is tight by design to prevent fence deflection.
However, sharpening debris may contaminate the port fence thread
surface and create excessive friction during use. Clean the exposed
thread surface with a soft brush to remove any grit or contamination.
If excessive friction still occurs, use only a small amount of oil or synthetic lubricant spray to lubricate the thread surface. Do not over apply
any lubricant since it will only collect more sharpening debris and can
lead to premature thread wear.
Tool is not sharp
STEP 3. Loosen Skew Cam Set Screw, do not remove.
• Marks from previous (coarser) grit have not yet been removed. Follow grit selection criteria.
Sharpening Port fence feels too tight
Lever Up
Raises the right side of Port
Lever Down
Lowers the right side of Port
STEP 4. Adjust Skew Cam Adjustment Lever according to amount of
skew desired.
STEP 5. Carefully hand tighten the Skew Cam Set Screw. Do not overtighten, as you may damage the thread surface in the top housing
STEP 6. Sharpen your tool and measure for squareness. Adjust again
as desired.
Not sharpening entire bevel face
• Not sharpening to the same bevel angle previously sharpened onto
• Sharpening not complete yet. Use coarse grit for fast material removal.
• Tool being sharpened is not completely flat on the heat sink during
Cannot get sharpening grit pattern removed from tool
• You have skipped an abrasive grit in the sharpening process. Use
each grit provided for best results.
• You have not spent enough time on each grit during sharpening. Ensure all grind marks from previous grit have been removed before
proceeding to the next finer grit.
• Abrasive needs to be cleaned or replaced.
• Smaller tools should be sharpened on the left side of port using light
pressure and less sharpening time.
For Technical Support
• Bevel has not been sharpened all the way to the cutting edge.
• Burr has been created at cutting edge. Follow repeated ‘plunge and
pull’ method for best results.
1-800-418-1439 (toll-free USA and Canada only)
Please call 6:00 AM–3:30 PM Pacific Time.
2-year warranty on all Work Sharp components;
excludes Glass Wheel, crepe, and abrasives
occurs, contact Work Sharp Technical Service at:
Sharpening takes excessively long time
• PSA Abrasive needs to be cleaned with the Crepe Stick or replaced.
• Tool being sharpened is excessively damaged and should be reground or re-shaped using P120 Abrasive.
• Glass wheel is damaged. STOP IMMEDIATELY and inspect glass
wheel for damage.
• Applying too much load pressure against abrasive disk during sharpening.
• Back of tool is not flat at the cutting edge.
Your Work Sharp is warranted to be free of defects due to
workmanship or design for 2 years from the purchase date. If
your Work Sharp fails to operate, or if any operating problem
• Leaving tool in sharpening port against abrasive disk too long.
• Abrasive needs to be cleaned or replaced.
Excessive vibration
• Tools made of softer steels do not hold an edge as long and may need
to be sharpened more often.
• Sharpening port fence is not snug against tool, which allows tool to
skew in port.
Excessive heat build-up
• Work Sharp unit not placed stably on work bench or work area.
Clamp to work bench with mounting tabs for best performance and
• If excessive vibration continues, call a customer service agent for
(toll-free USA and Canada only)
Please call 6:00 AM–3:30 PM Pacific Time.
Do not return this product to the store where you purchased
it. Do not attempt any service or repairs other than those suggested by a Work Sharp Technical Service Representative
(TSR). During the period of warranty, Work Sharp will, at our
discretion, repair or replace this product free of charge and
will refund Standard Ground UPS postage or shipping charges
providing that the following conditions are met:
4. The Return Goods Authorization number (RGA #) (assigned by the Work Sharp TSR) is written on the shipping label.
Please make certain to package items in such a way as to eliminate further damage during shipping. Ship via a traceable carrier and properly insure the package. No CODs are accepted.
Unapproved shipping charges are nonrefundable.
Complete and mail back the Warranty Registration & Customer Survey in the Work Sharp box, or register online at:
Please Fill in the Following for Your Records.
Work Sharp Serial Number:
1. A copy of the proof of purchase is provided.
__________ __________ __________
2. The product has been operated for the purpose intended
as described in the operating instructions and has not
been abused or mishandled in any way.
Date of Purchase:
3. The product has not been dismantled and no service or repairs have been attempted other than those suggested
by a Work Sharp TSR.
_____ / _____ / _______
Purchased from:
Professional Tool Mfg., LLC
Work Sharp
210 E. Hersey St.
Ashland, OR 97520
[email protected]
Work Sharp™ is a registered trademark of
Professional Tool Mfg., LLC.
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