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Project by bushmaster posted 01-28-2014 05:57 AM 2131 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a picture can be worth a thousand questions. I built this loom from a picture for a friends daughter that wanted to do some weaving. The one available was too narrow. I have been working on this while I was waiting for glue to dry on my recent passion, MODLE CARS. The 35 mercades-benze is one wheels now ,so stay tuned, another day or two and will post it. Has any other lumberjocks made looms? I added a few pictures of the procedure of making the part that the threads go through, what is it called? Also turning and sanding the dowels in one easy step. Project is made from my endless supply of birch. Maybe you will have a thousand questions. Comments welcome.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 10:16 PM

That is quite a interesting project and that you build it of a picture is something else .
Well done and I bet the girl is very pleased .
You should do a blog on this ,would be very interesting to see and read .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 06:14 AM

The part the warp threads go through is called a heddle. This specific style of loom is “rigid heddle” loom and are one of the simpler (if slightly slower) looms that can make a reasonable sized cloth.

Nice job on the loom, looks like it should work well in general.

My main concern would be if the heddle isn’t smooth enough and catches the threads when its moved back and forth. You can buy replacement heddles for not all that much: – about $45 for a 36” or you can buy the segments: I’ve also seen them made out of twisted wire or metal strips. On really old looms they were actually made out of some types of reeds (and an alternative name for the heddle is actually “the reed” of the loom).

I’m certainly not saying what you made won’t work (and that was a genius layout trick there!) but on the chance it doesn’t figured some options might be worth having in the back pocket. A bit of polishing and a smidge of wax might well do the trick as well.

I do have one question – where did you get the cogs and catches? I could see making the catch, but not the cogs.

I certainly understand how weird some of these things are, loml is into all sorts of fiber arts and there are tools I’ve never heard of, seen, nor have any idea where to find a reasonable template of that keep showing up as “cool to haves”. The commercial versions often fail to impress (looms and spinning wheels are perhaps an exception there, but a lot of the smaller pieces are usually either plastic or plywood junk). So I get roped into making them – at least they’re often pretty interesting to do. We certainly don’t need (or have room for!!) another loom here so I’ll avoid showing this around the house :D

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 02:28 PM

That’s a nice looking metal lathe and you did a fine job on the loom. One of the things that I miss most about loosing the plant is my machine shop is gone.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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