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Reattaching Canvases

I used the same holes in the thread beam and the cloth beam.  The canvases had to be slightly stretched in order for the holes to realign.  The fabric tacks I used were 5/8″ long which are substantially longer than the original nails.  I used a small brass hammer to avoid damaging the wood on the beams.  With tension the fabric will stretch out once again.  I ordered an additional 1/4″ metal rod as the loom is short by one…47″ long.

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Reassembly of Warp And Cloth Beams

The paint is now dry and it’s beautiful the way this is turning out…I bought new screws for this application…same spec: #14 flat head’s, 1 1/2″ inches long…

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Interesting that the cast pieces are not absolutely concentric – you can see in these pics that although one hole is perfectly lined up, the others are not.  Just a turn of the spindles/ratchets and they come right back into original alignment…

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I did not get a crank with the loom.  It was either forgotten to have been given me, or they never had it.  I will have to fabricate one…

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Washing Warp Beam And Cloth Beam Canvases

Today I took the canvases off of the warp and cloth beams.  These were tacked on and came off fairly easily using a small flat screw driver, a lot of pressure to insert it under the head and prying gently and slowly.  Both canvases were very dirty…an indication that it had been neglected in a dirty area.  At first I used a gentle soap in cold water on delicate cycle; the canvas was in a mesh bag.  It came out dirty.  So I used Tide on cold water, and a regular cycle.  This cleaned them well and then I stretched them by hand and hung them to dry.  This was more than satisfactory.

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