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It seems that my Covid projects have been the last straw for some of my power tools. My workshop Henry Hoover’s suction fan decided to go into self destruct; my circular saw destroyed its main bearing and my sander melted itself. Still all was not lost, Henry’s fault turned out to be a plate that vibrated loose and destroyed the fan; you can’t buy the fan on its own so I’ve had to fit a new motor and fan. The bearing for the circular saw was less than £5 including postage so that’s fixed – the intriguing thing is that there were 3 balls left in the broken bearing but where were the other 10 or so balls, the metal cage that holds them and the grease-retaining steel plate? Nowhere to be seen, a mystery!

The sander has been replaced. All three tools had worked very hard for a number of years.

Henry in bits

Motor and shattered fan

New motor and fan

Broken bearing

Saw in bits

New bearing

Lester repairs his over-worked tools

David repairs  an interesting crane from his early 1950s electric railway

Back up into the loft to look for more exciting items. I came across this electric crane which goes with my Marklin train set. These items were bought whilst Dad was stationed in Germany from 1951 to 1953.

The crane was not working when I plugged it in but after some cleaning of contacts and a squirt of switch cleaner and lubricant everything was up and running.

Above is the crane with the cab lights on. It rotates 360 degrees and lifts or lowers the hook.

Here you see the electro-magnet in action. It can lift quite heavy items such as those two and a half inch nails. They also provide some idea of scale.

The two illustrations above are from a sales manual from the time. I spent many an hour pouring over this publication thinking what I would get for my next birthday or Christmas. I still find it very interesting, The train illustrated is he one I photographed for you in an earlier post.

Our granddaughter has a little garden chair but no table so a quick rummage round the wood pile and a bit of time in the workshop produced this.

My sister has become a gardening fiend during the lockdown so another rummage in the wood pile and more time in the workshop produced this gardening stool for her birthday.

If anyone is interested in these products, I’m NOT taking orders ☺

Lester’s Woodworking Skills are demonstrated in these lovely items he has made during lock-down

When my mother died suddenly in 1971, there was little that I wanted other than the rocking horse that my father made for myself and my sister circa 1943-44. He had TB and was not due to survive so this was the only thing that I had that was made by him for me. I knew that the horse had been passed on in the family and three of my cousins had had good use of it but what I didn’t know was that it had then been passed on to Dr Gerry Seddon, my uncle’s best friend. He and his wife had had six girls before they got lucky and had a boy at the seventh attempt. So I was directed to the Seddon house where Mrs Seddon took me, somewhat sheepishly, to the garage where all that remained of the rocking horse was the two side pieces just about devoid of paint – so I don’t know what they had been doing with it!


I took the two side pieces away and, as my boys were three and one at the time, I rebuilt it as best I could remember it, adding embellishments such as a pink suede saddle and black leather bridle with offcuts obtained from Lotus Shoes on Sandon Road, Stafford. Further refurbishments were made for my grandson about ten years ago and it was dug out of my son’s loft, where it awaits the next generation, for this photoshoot.


But cast your eyes over the handsome side pieces and rockers that date back to the Second World War.

Chris Archer provides us with details of a rocking horse. This article could fit into any of the three categories.

The photo below shows the garden bench that did for my circular saw. I was slicing up the the mahogany frame of a friend's old patio door to make slats for the bench. Anyway, it all turned out OK in the end.

Regards,    Lester

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