right – not strictly speaking a lockdown project, this has been ongoing for a couple of years, but I’ve had the time to really get stuck in to it over the last few days to get near completion
this is a toad in the hole table, the quintessential stupid Sussex pub game popular in and around Lewes (ten mile down the road from Hessian Towers); basically a lead slab about 13 x 16” with a hole in the middle. The brass discs are the toads, and you stand eight feet from the front of the table and try and chuck ‘em in the hole (one point if the thing lands flush on the lead surface, two points in the hole – there are further intricacies but I’ll spare you the tedium until we’re really climbing the walls).
You can buy the things ready-made, but they are the best part of five hundred quid, so I thought f**k that and went down the homemade route; swapped some rough cider for a load of old lead flashing off a chicken farming bloke near my previous house; since then, been melting it with a plumber’s blowtorch and pouring the molten lead in to a block – has taken fucking ages; bought a special conical drill bit to make the hole – very smart bit of kit that is, and at twenty quid represents the main outlay (other than a few canisters of campingaz for the torch)
First experimental chuck of the toads (lighter shown for scale) – second one down the hole.
I need to fit some copper sheet round the edges to smarten the thing up (which will make it unique – none of the pub versions have such finery), fix it on to a slightly more robust table and generally tart it up. Eventually, I’m going to fetch it down the local pub and get a team going (new leagues starts in the Autumn); this will prove the final justification for hours of ‘wasted time’ as it’ll be an excuse to get down the pub every Monday night – plus training sessions, of course !