As we all know, I sold off most of my wood tools. Included in those sales were my Lie-Nielsen chisels. I have a few antiques and a few new Stanley's, but nothing compares to a Lie-Nielsen chisel.
I set off into the land of internet shopping and ordered a 1/2" & 1/4" chisel. As I expected, my new chisels are super nice and I'm all in love with them and stuff.
This morning, I wanted to take care of the prep work to get them ready for use.
|When you receive a chisel from L-N, it will have been flattened to 400 grit. They do a pretty darned good job. I started to polish the back on my 1000 grit water stone.|
|It did not take long to get a polished band at the tip of the chisel.|
|This is the back after the 4000 grit stone.|
|Moving on to the Norton 8000. It's flatter than it looks. For the record the stones I use are: King 1000 and 4000, and a Norton 8000.|
|Quit looking at my feet! This is the back of the chisel after the 8000 grit stone. That star is a sticker on the back of my phone. Great little way to show polish!|
|After a few strokes on the stone, the polish will come quickly. This is mainly due to the level of quality to which these chisels are made.|
|A few more strokes...|
|From the 1000 grit stone, I progressed through the 4000 and onto the 8000.|
|And the 1/2" chisel is done!|
|Here is the sharpening set up again.|
|My addition to the L-N board, was to turn it into a box of sorts. This did two things. First, it gave me somewhere to set my stones when they aren't in use. Second, it moved the sharpening board up and reduced the amount that I have to bend over.|