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Swift (Reconditioning)

I spent most of the day yesterday refurbishing this swift…

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Both its wood and metal needed a thorough cleaning…

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Disassembled it was curious to find that the centre spool is spring loaded…

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Caked grease was easy to remove from the metal parts; I used 600 grit emory cloth to remove the worst rust followed with steel wool.  Wood was cleaned with a solvent.  I was surprised to find this much greasy dirt on the parts in contact with the fibre, but now think it to be normal if it was ever used over decades with home-cleaned wool that may have retained more of its lanolin…

I lightly used a wire brush on an angle grinder to clean the base.  I re-greased the internal parts and linseed oiled the wood.  How functional and beautiful!

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…it’s really a nice machine…

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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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