Coronet International Woodworker

I was contacted by a lady who wished to sell this machine on behalf of an elderly neighbour.  It had belonged to her late husband who was clearly a man of good taste at least where woodworking machinery was concerned.


And finally another International machine appears...

At the end of 2019 I was contacted by Paul from High Wycombe who is the proud owner of only the third Coronet International I have come across so far.  Paul has sent me approx two dozen great quality photos with annotated text which you can view in the galleries below.  But first a detailed history of the machine and some general information in Paul's own words.

 "Bought new from Derby by Eric Wright of Scarning in Norfolk in the early 1970`s

Eric was my Father in Law. Before the war he was at Loughborough College training as a handicraft teacher under the tutorship of Edward Barnsley.

At the outset of WW2 he joined RAF ground crew in Norfolk to repair and patch up American B25 Mitchell bombers.  After the war he didn't go back to his teacher training but joined the family firm of J J Wright in Dereham and sold loads of Ford and Fordson tractors to Norfolk Farmers.  In his spare time Eric made some really good well designed cabinet work in oak and walnut and also a revolving cedar wood summer house, with the framework mortice and tenoned on the Coronet International.

I inherited the machine on his death in 1991 and moved it down to High Wycombe and have used it ever since for my oak sign making business.

 The International is built around a square cabinet containing the Brookes motor. It has a variable speed drive for the main shaft. This is the one thing that occasionally fails, the fixed pulley is held by 2 grub screws and with the side pressure of the sliding pulley via the v belt these have to be re tightened. Removing the top for access is not straightforward. 

The saw spindle can be raised and angled. There is an extension support table that also holds the fence.  A 4` long 2" dia lathe bed is supported at the tail end with a cast aluminium support. The lathe bed bar can be moved to a lower position for larger diameter turnings. A lot of the bolt on accessories designed for the Major will fit onto the International. I recently acquired a  belt sanding attachment from Edmund Hills in Blackpool. I also have the slot mortice attachment and the planing and thicknessing devices along with the lathe turning equipment and tailstock. (M1 taper)

At the moment it is set up with a sliding bed and used as a cross cut saw. 

The planer is set up to the left and is a fixed speed off the motor independent of the variable speed control. At the moment the planer fence is set at 45 for chamfering short lengths of timber.  The machine is surprisingly quiet running and a great pleasure to use, Eric stressed to me the importance of keeping the bronze bush lubricated and this I have done religiously over the years. The main steel  bearing at the other end of the main shaft was replaced a few years ago." 

The picture below is the intimate teaser which Paul sent me in the first instance which hooked me immediately.  All the words and pictures in the galleries are his own.

Happy ending.  This machine did eventually get sold to a Coronet enthusiast.
Thank you Paul for the outstanding contribution to the Boleyn Workshop website.  I don't know about you but I just have to see that machine again. (see below) What a treat to see a classic piece of British design and engineering at its best in such great condition.  The epitome of "having a nice bit of kit in the garage".

Coronet International sales brochure. 
Thanks to Paul the High Wycombe International owner who kindly took the time to photo, scan and send his copy of this rare brochure.
First up are two photos of the entire brochure front and back and after that scans of each individual section.   Thanks Paul, a great effort and addition to the site.

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