Tension Box Comb

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Tension boxes can be fitted out with combs on their ends.  Combs help to keep individual threads in order as the warp is loaded onto the sectional beam.  This one came with the tension box.  It is actually a reed, since combs are open at the top.  But it will serve the same purpose and while a comb facilitates easy loading, it is important to have a top on it in case something makes the yarns jump and therefore become crossed.  A reed will serve this purpose just fine although it takes time to initially thread it.

This reed was covered in surface rust.  It was not pitted.  I tried using very fine emory cloth and steel wool, but it did not clean this reed very well…

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A 4″ bronze wheel brush on my electric drill did a great job in cleaning it up…

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This reed is a 10 dent reed that measures 8″ x 11 3/4″.  It has a total of 117 dents.  It is smooth and ready for use…

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