A.E.Herbert Page 2
Manufactured by A.E.Herbert, a maker well known for their industrial machine tools including metal lathes (and some lighter wood-turning types), the "Home Workshop" was produced (almost certainly in small numbers) during the 1940s and 1950s. Similar is concept and size to the very successful UK-made Cornet Major, the Herbert was based upon a solid bar bed (like other lathes offered by the company) that allowed it to be used as a conventional between-centres wood machine or, by mounting a range of accessories, as a multi-function woodworking machine able to mount a circular saw, planer, thicknesser, long-hole boring equipment, a jig-saw assembly, a jig saw and undertake sanding and a myriad of other woodwork related tasks. One notable addition to the Herbert (and lacking on the Coronet) was the provision of what appears to have been an intermediated headstock assembly by which means the drive could be extended down the bed to accessories mounted towards the tailstock end.
The version in green, shown immediately below has an "enclosed" headstock and carries a badge stating Model C, this presumably having a superior specification to the open headstock Model C shown in a contemporary advertisement.
Should any reader have an A.E. Herbert wood lathe or wood-working machine (or copies of contemporary advertisements) the writer would be delighted to have pictures for use in the Archive..