A bench grinder for my workshop.

A bench grinder for my workshop.

My aging bench grinder died some years ago, and as I mainly use power tools in my work I have managed without one. If needed I would sharpen my chisels on an angle grinder ( dangerous but quick!) or not at all, simply making do with blunt chisels. However now I am trying to return to the stone crafting skills of my apprenticeship years I find the need for sharp chisels something of an essential requirement.

So when I saw a bench grinder in Lidl’s, on impulse I bought it. The video below is my review of the Parkside bench grinder. If you too have ambitions to craft in stone It has an interesting feature that might interest you.

I am still quite pleased with the grinder but found I need a couple of extra’s to make the grinder completely useful for sharpening stone working chisels.

To save you watching the video I can tell you that I am pleased with both the wheel dressing tool and the Green silicon carbide wheel.

I have already been through my tool kit and I have never had so many ready-sharp chisels in my life!

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I apprenticed at the age of 15 as an ecclesiastical marble mason and have worked in the stone trade for 52 years. I have Made headstones in marble, worked on ancient monuments as a restoration stonemason, made marble and stone fireplaces and specialised for twenty years as a stone engraver. I am now retired but am active in making videos and advice articles about natural stone and engraving.
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