Simple frame loom

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Project by Eeyore posted 11-15-2021 02:52 PM 431 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was on a Zoom conference recently with a bunch of fiber arts enthusiasts, and somebody was showing off a portable frame loom she’d made from dowels and plumbing fittings. It was compact enough to fit into the laptop compartment of her backpack, but she often had to display it to the TSA because of the copper elbow joins at the corners. I was pretty sure I could make something similar from just wood, so I did it just to prove my concept to myself.
The materials were all purchased at a local chain hardware big-box store, so nothing too exotic. My loom is a little beefier than hers. She used 5/8” dowels, but I wound up using 3/4″ poplar dowels and 1″ square rod, because that’s what they had at the store. Mine is also a little larger than hers, at 12″x17″. This (for obscure reasons) is a very Japanese aspect ratio.
There is no glue, so I could knock out the pins if any part needs to be replaced. I did use a drill-press and some forstner bits to make sure the holes for the joinery were straight and clean, but other than that it was all sawing to length with a ryoba and tapping together with a hammer.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#1 posted 11-15-2021 04:20 PM

Very clever Eeyore.

What will you weave on it?

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 11-16-2021 03:46 AM

What will you weave on it?
- James E McIntyre

First I have to learn how to warp it!

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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