Inside the Boleyn 2023

January 5th

Happy New Year to all Boleyn Workshop regulars and casual visitors.  In the first workshop session of the new year I spent an afternoon tidying one half of the workshop to the joyous sound of Prince Buster. The success of which was compounded by a 3-2 home win at cribbage.  The Atlas stove is playing an absolute blinder this winter and I can see why it would have been the choice for countless railway waiting rooms in the good old days.  Next week I shall be collecting the Imp components that my magician/engineer friend has made for me.  They were ready six months ago but you can't rush these things.  The Imp attachment project will be the priority to start with this year and the cabinet mounted model will be put up for sale to create some space.  Three Coronet bandsaws could be interpreted as excessive by the unconverted but if you put a different blade on each one then potentially you wouldn't have to change blades ever again.  Seems logical to me but one of them is going to have to go.  I have so many Minor/Minorette parts accumulated that I am going to have a sale this year.  It looks like they have been breeding under my workbench.  Parts will be listed on the for sale page at some point.  If you can't wait indefinitely then drop me an email at to see if I have what you want.  There's at least two complete Minorettes and many interchangeable parts that will fit the Minor.  In the meantime keep it Coronet. 

January 20th

I collected those Imp bits yesterday and have promised to have them fitted when my mate visits the Boleyn Workshop to inspect some classic woodworking machinery for himself.  So far he's only got my word for how good it all is.  Last week I set up the speed reduction countershaft on the Major and had a play around on a small bowl before removing it to turn a small crib trophy out of  a bit of holly that has been seasoning for about five years in my Would Store.  It was an absolute treat to turn and I made a half decent job of it though I say so myself.  I've got half a mind to remove the saw table and set up the bowl turning extension bars for a change.  I've had it set up during the restoration but not either used or photographed it yet.  I've only ever seen pictures of it in an old advert so it would make sense to have some here for reference.  
In a frenzied workshop session in Monday night RC and me drank tea and ate biscuits while cracking on with a set of shelves that are being refurbished.  There are six shelves in all and they are connected by turned columns that screw onto the one above through the shelves.  I have had to turn a copy of one of the columns and two finials to replace missing ones which were a fiddly job but ended up being a good match.  One of the shelves had split in two so we glued and cramped it.  Some of the threaded inserts are missing too but we have come up with a cunning plan to replace them so that the shelves can still be tightly assembled.   Next week we shall finish removing many years of grime and old polish from all surfaces and decide on the final finish.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?  I went up the Boleyn yesterday to fetch a hammer and some panel pins for a small job in the house.  I got distracted and ended up deciding to rearrange the interior of the workshop.  It seemed a good idea at the time.  Cabinets and shelves came off the walls, machines piled up in the other end of the workshop and suddenly I could no longer see the recently discovered floor.  After about an hour and a half I came to my senses and returned to the house forgetting my glasses, the hammer and the panel pins in the process.  Just another day in the Boleyn Workshop.

January 21st

After the maroon madness of yesterday it was time to restore some order up at the Boleyn which I duly did.  The Major and all the attachments now have a dedicated area on the workshop floor and walls which narrows down the search area when I am looking for something related to it.  There was only one thing to do next and that was to get back to woodturning.  In the pic below I have just used a Forstner bit in a Jacobs chuck to bore out the centre of a piece of holly to take a tea light holder.  What a real joy it is to use this 70 year old machine.  I am trying to post a photo but it keeps rotating during the process. Sometimes I dislike technology intensely.

Jan 31st

Today I paid a visit to a workshop buddy in the city of Southampton to collect some electric motors and a selection of pulley wheels mostly of the Picador variety.  It's always good to catch up and talk all things Coronet and some lesser important things too.  It was also a Workshop evening and the redoubtable RC arrived to drink tea, eat biscuits and talk my ears off.  Despite that it was a productive evening and progress was made on his mum's shelves which should be returned to her next week.  RC produced a vintage, beautifully hand painted sewing box for refurbishment as the next project.

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