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Beater Refurbishing

This loom was converted years ago to weave rag rugs.  Restored to original weaving capability there are many parts of it that make me question whether it is its original configuration or not?  The beater holds a guide bar.  The bar’s mounting holes may have originally had some sort of a funneled-wedge for a washer.  Adapted to accommodate now mis-matched mounting bolts holding the guide I marked the holes in preparation for routing them to a uniform depth so that carriage bolts and washers can be installed…

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This side is set at an angle, so metal bars were C-clamped along either side of the beater to provide a level area for the router’s base.  I routed free-hand utilizing a depth stop and then sanded them and refinished the beater again using boiled linseed oil…

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Finished with the carriage bolt, the washer and the nut installed…

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Mounted and refinished…

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Harnesses

I refurbished the harnesses – 24″ x 41″ (outside dimensions).

Before…

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Harnesses were disassembled.  All metal was cleaned with solvent and then steel wooled.  The wood was steel wooled, then sanded, then steel wooled again, and finally oiled with boiled linseed oil several times.  All heddles were steel wooled, and the ones that were rough or pitted or bent were replaced, which amounted to 26 heddles on one and 14 on the other.  All screws were all replaced.  Heddle support spring hooks were cleaned and lightly oiled.  And the reassembly was completed.

After…

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