The Lie-Nielsen Method
As a manufacturer of premium metal planes, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in close collaboration with David Charlesworth has created a sharpening system that allows you to achieve the sharpest cutting edges on plane blades quickly and easily.
Template for setting bevel angles
The specified distances apply to honing jig No. 711400 and approx. 3 mm thick plane blades. For thinner or thicker blades or other honing jigs, distances must be adjusted accordingly.
Cambered plane blades
Most planing applications require precisely ground straight cutting edges. There are, however, situations where the sharp outer corners of the plane blade leave steps when planing wider surfaces. In order to avoid this you can grind a slight curvature to the cutting edge or round the corners of the plane blade bevel.
Grinding a slight curvature
Sharpening aids normally have two jaws and allow for reproducible, precisely straight sharpening of all blades with straight cutting edges. Also suited for short, irregular, conical and Japanese plane blades as well as slightly cambered or skewed blades.
There are two different kinds of sharpening aids: