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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Another Quangsheng Plane

Where I say ‘another‘ in the title above, what I mean is that this block plane is the first one from the Quangsheng range that I have owned. I was so impressed with the rebating block plane that I borrowed [thanks again, Matthew!] several months ago, that I couldn’t resist buying one of these in the current Rutlands sale, with the ridiculously low prices. Actually, it’s a shame they don’t also stock the rebating planes, or else I’d have bought one of those as well! 😀

Ignore the label, Tom...! 😉

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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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Sharp Storage

Earlier this week, I built a quick-and-easy storage unit for all the accessories of my Work Sharp 3000 grinder. It is constructed from 13mm MR (moisture resistant) MDF; left over from a router table build back in 2008. There’s nothing particularly special about the construction -screws and lots of glue – but, I think you may be interested to see how I managed to do this without a table saw to dimension the components.

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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.

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A Sharpening Solution

It was almost two-years-ago the day when I purchased my first bench grinder from Yandles in Martock (Somerset).  Like many others on the market, it was a simple high-speed machine with  one wheel on either end (one coarse, one fine). Despite buying a couple of excellent Veritas jigs, I never really got on with this set up. I’m paranoid about sparks so, each time I need to regrinding a plane iron or chisel, I had to set this up on my Workmate outside – much to the bemusement of those passing by! It would vibrate [truing the wheels would possibly have cured that] and, if you weren’t patient enough to let the edge cool then, you’d end up over-heating and burning your tool, which basically means the steel loses it’s temper (not long before I lost mine, as well! ). Continue reading…