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Comparing Sharpening Stones, Tormek T8 and the Worksharp WS3000 for Sharpening Woodworking Tools

Finding a system to meet your needs is often determined by what you need to sharpen. We've put together this woodworking tool sharpening chart to help you decide which direction to go with your main sharpening system. Keep in mind that sometimes a best system is determined by what system does certain tools very well opposed to which does the most tools. As always, if you have any questions or need a little advice, just give us a call.

 

Sharpening Stones


Tormek T8


Worksharp WS3000


Price $75 to $300 for a quality set Starting at $719 $199.95
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Woodworking Tools

Chisels (bevel side) Yes Yes Yes
Chisels (flatten the back) Yes Yes Yes
Plane Irons (bevel side) Yes Yes Yes
Plane Irons (flatten the back) Yes Yes Yes
Axe Yes Yes, Axe Jig recommended. Not recommended.
Planer Blades/Knives No Yes, with optional Tormek Planer Blade Attachment No
Jointer Knives No Yes, with optional Tormek Planer Blade Attachment No
Inshave (bevel side) No Yes, optional Tool Rest recommended. No
Scorp (bevel side) YesYes, optional Tool Rest recommended. Yes
Cabinet and Card Scrapers Yes, with a burnisher. Yes, with optional Tormek Tool Rest and burnisher. Yes, with a burnisher.
Spokeshave Yes Yes Yes
 

Turning Tools

Turning Gouges (bevel side) Yes, but not very practical and doesn't put ideal hollow grind on edge. Yes, Gouge Jig highly recommended. Yes, but does not put ideal a hollow grind on edge.
Turning Gouges (inside edge) No Yes, with optional Tormek Profiled Leather Wheel No
Turning Parting Tool Yes Yes, Scissors Jig highly recommended. Yes
Turning Scraper No Yes, with optional Tormek Profiled Leather Wheel No
Turning Skew Chisel Yes Yes, Multi Jig highly recommended. Yes
 

Carving Tools

Carving Gouge (bevel side) Yes Yes Yes
Carving Gouge (inside edge) No Yes, with optional Tormek Profiled Leather Wheel No.
Carving V-Tool (bevel side) Yes Yes Yes
Carving V-Tool (inside edge) No Yes, with optional Tormek Profiled Leather Wheel No
Small Carving Knives Yes Yes, with optional Tormek Knife Jig and Tormek Small Knife Jig Yes, with optional Worksharp Knife Sharpening Attachment
 

Miscellaneous Shop Tools

Scissors Yes Yes, Scissors Jig highly recommended. Yes
Pocket Knife Yes Yes, with optional Tormek Knife Jig Yes, with optional Worksharp Knife Sharpening Attachment
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