My Would Store.

June 8, 2011
No, that's not a spelling mistake.  My Would Store is exactly what it is.  Meaning that I 'Would' get in my 'Wood Store' if only I bloody well could.  It's not down to the shanty townlike surroundings, the rubber tyre dangling from a rope in front of the door, it's not down to the rusty hinges or the steadily collapsing door itself.  It's not down to the bees that have moved in to the roof of the Boleyn Workshop opposite and are buzzing around like they own the place.  No, the reason I can't get in to my wood store is because it's full of wood.  But this is no ordinary wood.  This is wood that almost certainly will be used one day.  It's the sort of wood that is too good to be burnt or thrown away yet not quite what I'm looking for at the moment.  Sound familiar?  Well it ought to!  All good blokes have wood like this.  I have seen many such stores of wood and have never seen a useless piece of wood in one of them.  But this kind of store has it's problems, the main one being that you can't get in it.  I have manged to lose a 110v transformer between the Boleyn Workshop and my Would Store.  How is that possible?  Have you seen the size and weight of one?  It won't have got blown away that's for sure so where is it.  If I was going to make an inventory of the store it would include things like: two old oak chairs from the local towns cricket club (thanks Chris), a long teak chair leg from the man I bought the Coronet Imp off of (thanks Derek), four oak table legs from my next door neighbours mums kitchen (thanks Pete), some pine t+g planks left over from the cabin (could make a nice little box with them), some mahogany panelling from an important bank in Bournemouth (thanks Clifford), a homemade mdf storage cabinet no longer required in the house (I spent hours making that so I ain't going to burn it), some 3/4" ply  offcuts from my brother to make a saw bench for the Walker Turner bench saw (thanks Dave) and  not to mention the stuff that has just drifted in there over the years.  Although I can't get in there at the moment, I 'wood' if I blooming well could.  How about this for a little tongue twister, how much wood could a woodturner turn, if a woodturner could only get in his wood store! Well, the way I see it is that it's there if I want it.  And that is good enough for me.  Below, that's the 'Would Store' on the right.  I don't know the little shantytown dweller on the tyre.



 

Still a premier league workshop

May 23, 2011
Yes, they're down but it's happened before and we remained West Ham.  This time though, like my workshop, there needs to be a clean sweep made and some positive leadership installed.  Is it possible for a football team to be un-led?  Misled even?  After Agent Zola was unmasked and dismissed it seems Agent Avram was installed by the West London (non)rivals until his well overdue dismissal at Wigan.  It's like the Cold War all over again except the East is being infiltrated by the West and it's...
Continue reading...
 

If it's good enough for michael jackson...

April 1, 2011
...then it's good enough for me.  No, I'm not talking about that.  Absolutely not.  What I am talking about is Propoven.  What is that, you may ask, and what does it have to do with the Boleyn Workshop?  ( And the man Wacko Jacko himself?)  Well nothing really except that it might just have contributed to my return to the workbench.  It definitely contributed to his return to the afterlife by the way.  Only reason I'm mentioning is is because I was given it recently in a responsible fashion b...
Continue reading...
 

What a difference...

February 28, 2011
...a month makes.  From being knocked out of the League Cup by the eventual winners, Birmingham, then beating Forest in the FA Cup 3-2, then being beaten by Brum again in the League 0-1, to thumping Blackpool 1-3, an unfortunate 2-2 draw away at Everton a dramatic fightback to a 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns, thrashing Burnley 5-1 in the FA Cup to secure a quarter final place against Stoke before joy of joys, beating Liverpool 3-1 at the Boleyn yesterday.  (the ground not the Workshop.)  Going ba...
Continue reading...
 

You know it makes sense...

January 27, 2011
What makes sense?  Old School Pessimism, that's what.  When West Ham went 1-3 up away at Birmingham last night a knowing little voice said to me, you're gonna lose 4-3.  But knowing that didn't make the loss when it happened any easier.  But it proves the point. End of post.
Continue reading...
 

If life gives you lemons...

January 25, 2011
..then squeeze a slice over a fresh portion of battered haddock.  Not quite the saying you expected?  Well I'm adaptable if nothing else.  I'm of the opinion that a portion of fish and chips will do something to help right most wrongs, make the day worth living for and at least give you greasy fingers.  And the wrapping is great for starting fires.  In the woodburner of course. (looks guiltily over shoulder)  However it's hard to see the bright side of not being workshop fit.  There are many ...
Continue reading...
 

All Quiet on The Wooden Front

January 9, 2011
My diary entry for December 24th 2010 reads as follows:  Got up.  It's snowed!  Went outside to watch kids sledging down the road.  Fell over. End of diary entry for Dec 24th 2010.
Didn't do any major damge but it didn't half hurt.  Bore with it for two weeks before going to the local medicine woman.  She asked me to remove my shirt (wow, I thought, this is going better than I expected) and saw the name tattooed on my chest where I used to think my heart was (it isn't there but that's another ...
Continue reading...
 

Whatever next?

December 14, 2010
So the next World Cup has gone to Russia.  And the next one has gone to where?  To a wealthy sandpit.  This has not done my beloved football any favours.  It just makes me like non league football even more.  It's honest and gritty.  You get what you pay for.  It ain't pretty at times but the young and old lads out there give it everything they can, on top of a full working week.  However the decision is good news for the construction workers of Russia and neighbouring countries like the Ukra...
Continue reading...
 

It's an ill wind...

November 25, 2010
..as they say.  And I'm not talking about our Boston Terriers rear end emissions.  That is without any doubt, an ill wind.  No I'm referring to the Saturday afternoon debacle which saw me break both a gouging chisel and a tool rest.  If that hadn't happened then the converted lathe/sander would not now be bolted securely to the workbench and serving as a dual purpose item of machinery.  It now works as a disc sander with table and also as a short bed roughing out lathe.  It can take a log app...
Continue reading...
 

Saturday Bloody Saturday

October 28, 2010
No it's alright! Don't panic! Bozo hasn't cashed in on an 80s hit by rereleasing it with the preceding day of the week in the title instead of the original.  A day in the Boleyn Workshop that's what I'm talking about.  The kind of day where I wished that if only I'd stayed on the sofa after breakfast instead of making the long pilgrimage up the garden path.  It was a day of 'if onlys'If only I'd stayed on the sofa.  If only I'd bolted down the converted disc sanding machine before using it...
Continue reading...
 

Amateur enthusiast woodworking machinery user and restorer.


Pete My name is Pete and apart from the above,I'm a football fan and Old School Pessimist. Maybe because I've been supporting West Ham for over forty years. Priced out of the Premier League like so many and football in general,I now go to any local non league club when I can. On our corner plot we have room for bees and chickens by the workshops. My machinery is mostly made by the Coronet Tool Co from England and Walker Turner who are American. If you have enjoyed looking at this site and want to comment on it or any of the content then please go to the Guestbook.

Make a free website with Yola