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Leclerc Nilart Tool Fabrication

On some models of Leclerc hand looms square bolt heads are used.  Accessing these bolt heads becomes a problem when the heads are recessed.  The 12-point sockets that might work are much larger than the recesses in which these bolt heads are housed.  Likewise, the crescent wrenches that match the bolt head wind up being too broad to be able to fit in the recess as well.  Tired of improvising (this is not the first of these encounters) I found a cheap, off-brand wrench in my tool box that fits – 9/16″…

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…I then used a low-speed electric bench grinder to slowly remove metal parallel to the inner upper and lower jaws, flattening the external shape of the head to match.  After I had achieved this, while leaving a substantial amount of metal, it still did not quite fit the cavity around the bolt head…

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I then rounded the edges of the crescent.  And it fit!

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Using a crescent wrench with a box end opposite, allowed me to use a screw driver in order to firmly tighten the bolt…

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Jano Beater Fabrication

Here’s a quick setup for routing the reed-retaining grooves on the Jano beater.  Rather than going through  the trouble of mounting my router in its table for this simple and one-time operation I screwed the sliding spacer to a 2×2 and clamped this in a Workmate table.  It produced a perfect groove of proper depth…

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Here’s the finished beater for the Jano, which I had to fabricate.  Now it awaits the arrival of a 12 dent reed, 4 1/2″ high x 20 1/2″ long…

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Maple For Jano Beater

The beater on the Jano is not directly attached to the loom’s frame itself as are later models.  Instead, the beater is simply set on a piece of round metal stock that protrudes inwardly from the lower cross beams.

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Since Janos are no longer produced I had to look for someone else who had a Jano in order to request basic dimensions.  Here is an exquisite set of drawings done at my request by Bob Bellaires, whose wife, Jenny, owns a Jano and operates Daisy Hill Weaving Studio.  He made a very well engineered stand with treadles for her Jano loom which can be viewed, here.  Thank you for your drawings!

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In order to fully restore this Leclerc Jano loom I need to build a new beater.  I do an extensive amount of woodwork; building the beater is not a  problem.  Getting the wood to match the loom is the greatest challenge.  Winnipeg has maple, but it is six hours away.  Checking with my local cabinet shop yielded a 4″ x 6″ x 3′ piece of maple.  This is more than enough material for this project 3x over.  The cost was $24.

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…kiln dried clear maple…

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…partially planed…