WorkSharp DMT Diamond

Today’s video came up in my YouTube subscription feed, recently:

There’s also the full review of this system, over at New Woodworker.com.

This looks like an excellent solution for owners of the Work Sharp system. These Magna-Discs do appear to be available from Rutlands, for those of us in the UK. It’s just a shame that the initial outlay is so steep… But, if they last as long as the claims (fifty-times a standard abrasive disc?!) then, it’s got to be worth the investment for any tradesman or professional who uses their tool sharpener on a daily basis.

It’s the use of magnetic technology that really appeals to me. Could this be the future for abrasive discs? If only they can find a way to reduce the costs… I know that not everyone gets along well with the velcro hook-and-loop attachments. I’ve come across posts where woodworkers say that the backing pads on their sanders have lost their grip, for example (it’s not uncommon).

Thanks for looking.

Veritas Small Blade Holder

As mentioned briefly in my previous post, I recently purchased Veritas’ Small Blade Holder from Rutlands, which is designed to solve the common problem applying the right amount of pressure to a small blade or iron when sharpening or honing. I don’t know about you but, I’ve always struggled to get a good edge on spokeshave blades unless they’re crudely fitted in to a slot cut in to the end of a length of 2x2in, for example. So, I was waiting eagerly for this product to arrive; to see if it would solve all those other issues. Veritas are renown for producing top-quality goods with a hint of innovation and it’s claimed that these holders will fit in to a honing guide for repeat angles and accuracy…

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Mirka Gold Abrasive Discs

Since writing a review of the Work Sharp 3000 at the beginning of the year, I’ve been approached by several people, asking for advice on where to look for spare and replacement abrasive discs. The kits that Rutlands sell aren’t cheap and, any other PSA-backed abrasives seem to be available only in bulk (from a quantity of twenty-five to one-hundred). My search for ‘ceramic oxide’ [same as the original coarse abrasives] discs in the UK left me in limbo and I wasn’t sure whether even silicon carbide (available from CSM Abrasives) would have the durability required.

So, after a some more ‘Googling‘, I decided to take a chance on a pack of Mirka Gold abrasives – Mirka claim it is suitable for all manner of applications and materials…

Mirka Gold PSA Abrasive Discs

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Work Sharp Wide Blade Attachment

Sharpening a wide blade.

A few weeks back, during one of their 10% sales, I took the plunge and ordered the Wide Blade Attachment from Rutlands for the Work Sharp 3000. Originally, I said I would try to come up with my own solution to spending another £60 but, at the time, this purchase kind of made sense…

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Review: Work Sharp 3000

So, the Work Sharp 3000 has been in my workshop for a few days now. With all the snow and plummeting temperatures this past week, my time spent in the workshop has been severely limited. Still, I’ve managed to have a ‘play’ on my new tool sharpener for a certain period of each day and now, I feel ready to share my initial thoughts and experiences.

Contents of the current offer, available only at Rutlands (for the UK).

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