Second Cop Winder

In order to clear out the weaving shop the storage area in the undeveloped area of the needed to be cleared, sorted, be dug down, have gravel installed, adding storage racks, and have all items moved back.  A large wooden crate that holds spare parts for this loom came along with it when we brought it home, but have not opened it since; it needed to be moved.  Being too heavy for our loader to lift we opened it in order to remove parts and so to lighten it.  What did we discover?  In addition to much else we found a second cop winder!  It will require some restoration, but it would make a nice piece of equipment for demonstration if I can rig up a power source?  In any case, we are happy…

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Operational Cone Winder

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Today I fabricated a mount for the motor that runs the accessories bench.  The motor that came with these was quite old.  Taking it to my motor electrician he tore it apart and advised replacing it.  It had brass bushings, one of which was cracked, the windings needed resoldering, and it had an oil bath which was both leaking and had deteriorated its insulation, so that needed replacing.  It would cost me $170 and it was a 3-phase 240V motor, so it needed a start capacitor installed as well.  He had a refurbished 1-phase 240V 1.5 HP motor that I bought from him for $120.  I installed a pulley on it and today got it mounted and aligned, tensioned the belt and installed the leather drive belt on the cone winder itself.  What a beautiful and functional piece of equipment!

Installing Equipment (2)

With the shop now completed and the floor painted I began to work on installing the accessories that came with the loom.  It took a couple of days to recondition the accessories bench.  A couple of days ago I reviewed the photos and tutorial I shot when we purchased the cone winder and then it took a couple of hours to carefully clean this machine.  These cones are used in loading the shuttles on the power loom.

An Elegant Holder Stamped…

Property Of The American Thread Company.

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Reconditioned…

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The American Thread Mill complex is significant as a major textile mill that contributed to the rapid growth of Willimantic, CT, and played an important role in its development as a centre of textile manufacturing. Beginning with the construction of Mill No.1 and its accompanying dam and bridge in 1857, the mill harnessed the power of the Willimantic River and provided a livelihood for thousands of workers over several generations. Textile manufacturing was continuous on the site for almost 130 years, beginning with linen, quickly changing to cotton, and eventually switching to synthetic textiles before closing in 1985.

https://millmuseum.org/history/

Draper Platform

Made of two layers of 2 x 12 Douglas fir the platform for the Draper was anchored to concrete floor after using 8″ concrete lag screws.  A very hardy species of softwood, it is strong, inflexible, fibrous, tight-grained, and unusually tough, as well as resistant to rot…and it looks good.  This loom needs to be fastened to the floor; although not violent in its movement, it wants to walk.  A wooden platform will pad its feet as well as keep it from moving.

Installing Equipment (1)

With the shop now completed and the floor painted I began to work on installing the accessories that came with the loom.  It took a couple of days to recondition the accessories bench.  Yesterday I reviewed the photos and tutorial I shot when we purchased the quill winder and then it took a couple of hours to carefully clean this machine.  These quills are used in the shuttles on the power loom.