I use a hand-cranked grinder quite a lot. My thoughts are:
- I prefer a 200mm wheel to a 150mm - somehow I seem to be less tempted to really try to rev it hard with the bigger wheel.
- I use a Wearing tool rest - This is just an L-shaped wood device with the short part of the L resting on the base surface and the long part vertical in front of the wheel, by moving the rest closer to and further away from the wheel, you adjust the angle that the blade makes with the wheel. I use a Record honing guide as stop to hold the chisel up against the top of the L.
- The biggest problem I have is finding a grinding wheel to fit the axle of the grinder. The axle is about 6 or 8mm and the smallest hole you can get seems to be about 10 or 12mm. To fix that I tend to fill the whole hole with epoxy and then drill a suitable hole in the middle. It seems to work OK and I don't seem to get much wobble.
- My grinders are both antiques - costing about $25 each.
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly