Inside the Boleyn 2021
Jan 2nd
Happy New Year to anyone and everyone who's found the way to this maroon tainted website dedicated to the Coronet Tool Company's woodworking machinery.  I'm going to start this year off by posting a pdf of the Coronet Imp radius (circle) cutting attachment below.  I am not going to charge people for downloading this for their own use but ask them to voluntarily donate a few £s to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital using the link here https://justgiving.com/fundraising/sotonpicu
The pdf was created by a goodhearted Boleyn Workshop contributor using CAD from the genuine Coronet attachment that I sent him recently.  Disclaimer:  if you injure yourself either fabricating or using this useful bit of kit I am not responsible.  But do send a video of it if you have one as I could always do with a good laugh.
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Before Christmas I posted up some pictures of a very early Coronet Major (an unbadged version) and to my surprise another one showed up shortly afterwards on the usual online auction site at a very reasonable £175.  I missed my chance to lift the photos so if either of the new owners have the good taste to read this page could they send in some photos?  Might even give it it's own page.  The first one was in Stoke (or was it Grimsby?) and the second was in Leicestershire so they are getting within nabbing distance for me.  And another Coronet Hobby Lathe has appeared this time with it's stickers intact so pics of those can now be found with the others.  I was contacted yesterday by a chap who found Coronet Minor parts in the attic of his new house can you believe it.  All I found in mine was a manky old mattress, a severely gnawed mens overcoat and a redundant header tank.  I look forward to finding out just what parts there were left and how complete a machine they make (the Coronet bits that is obviously).  Today I heard from my workshop buddy Mike who traded me the Walker Turner DP900 drill press in approx 2018 BC (Before Covid).  It was good to catch up after so long and he has promised to send photos of his Coronet Major that now has the belt sander rigged up at the far end of the lathe bed running off another motor.  Sounds interesting.  In other Coronet news the Capitol planer that I delivered to it's new home in Southampton recently is now up and running and match fit already.  The new owner has been creative judging by the photos he sent me and which I will post up next week.  Thanks Niall. 
I'm always looking for more contributions to Readers Machines so if you would like your machine to feature on the website then please send in some photos of your machine.

Jan 7th

I have posted Niall Mason's adapted Capitol in the gallery below.  It's good to know that this classic planer is both match fit and back in action which demonstrates the Boleyn Workshop's transfer policy is working well.  Niall decided not to use the factory cabinet to reduce the machine's footprint in the workshop and built his own cabinet instead.  This gave him good stability, a cubby hole for bits and pieces and seperate storage for shavings.  The piece of stud bar protruding below the planer drive shaft pulley is to attach a belt guard when fabricated.  Thanks for the photos and for the offer to visit and try out the planer myself in better times in the future.
See below:  A warning courtesy of Niall showing why you should always inspect the insides of a 1960s motor that comes into your possession before firing it up.  In case it literally does fire up in spontaneous combustion.
Jan 9th

Pat Brindley's stand alone Coronet Major lathe is now live on the Boleyn. Thanks Pat an interesting contribution.  http://www.boleynworkshop.com/yet-more-readers-machines.php 

And thanks to Boleyn reader Paul Taylor who rescued the missing photos I forgot to save of that unbadged Major and sent them to me I can now post them below.  Nice one Paul thankyou.
Work on the old Major is progressing slowly but positively.  I used a metal polishing conversion kit on my bench grinder to clean up some general chucks and pulleys as I needed a sit down job.  I am leaving the final polish until before assembly.  It was FA Cup 3rd round day so I enjoyed a traditional Saturday afternoon session with respite as the Hammers play Stockport away on Monday evening.  Funnily enough last time we played them away in the Cup we lost  2-1 with West Ham striker Iain Dowie scoring the Hammers only goal of the game.  Unfortunately it was in the wrong end.
Paul Taylor also tipped me off to another old unbadged Major which had also appeared on *bay as if by magic and is no less than the third one in as many weeks see below.  This one is in Sevenoaks and seems to have a hand turned cap to the oil filler attached by a piece of string.  What a great idea.
Jan 11th

Whilst going through a workshop cabinet I found an old Allen West SCIS switch which I removed from a Majorette that had arrived at the Boleyn some time ago.  I decided to clean it up as an indoors project during some cold weather and looking through my paperwork I located the wiring diagram.  I had it scanned and decided to post it as a resource for anyone interested as the Brook Gryphon motor diagram has always been reguarly requested.  As usual I am not responsible for burnt fingers or hurt pride.
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Jan 25th

The old war wound has kept me out the workshop for quite a few days over the last fortnight.  But I did remove the spindle and bearings from the old Major and inspect them for wear and tear after going over the procedure again with Derek Pyatt on the phone.  It has been a long while since the last time on a Major and I simply did not want to mess it up and damage anything that would be very hard to replace.  The good news is that they are all in very good condition if a little grubby which apart from the bronze phosphor bearing a session on the wire wheel soon sorted out.  Other parts including the wobble saw and moulding block saw table inserts were sent for an early (paraffin) bath along with something else I can't remember so I'd better check on them tomorrow.  All in all three banjos were cleaned up ready for repainting and any threaded bits were spruced up and polished before being wrapped up and stored for the rebuild.  More to come soon.

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