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Re-Sealing Fleece Bin

This former grain bin hopper has been sealed with silicone to make it insect proof and waterproof.  Following a wind storm we had to re-seal one of our fleece storage bins.  Heavy gauge plastic is topped by a fitted plywood cap, which has plastic sheeting placed on top of it, and is then battened down with a heavy tarp.  Moth balls are placed inside the bin.



Home-Made Tension Box

This is a home-built tension box that came with our power loom; it will work just as well with our floor looms if they have a sectional warping beam.  Half inch oak plywood sides are joined by 3/4″ (i.d.) galvanized pipe.  The pipe is secured by driving in the nuts from 1/2″ bolts into the ends of the pipe and then secured to the plywood from the outside with 1/2″ bolts and washers (1/2″ nuts have a diametre slightly larger than 3/4″).  There are eight pipes on the top level and two on the lower level and mounts for reeds at either end.  It is well built…


Today I disassembled it and cleaned it, steel wooling the pipe, sanding all wood, and routing a finished edge onto the plywood.  Then I oiled it with linseed oil.  I will give some thought to what sort of legs I want on it.  I am very pleased with this result…



Wool Picker Begun

After reviewing many different types of wool pickers I began to put one together. I liked the models that were longer, open ended, and with higher sides.



This box is constructed of 5/8″ plywood. It is 4′ long. The sliding top is approximately 1/3 the length of the box, 16″. Rather than dado a groove by which the slide is guided, I used 1″ lumber (thickness), 4″ lumber on the top and 8″ lumber on the bottom. The dimensions are 11 1/2″ wide and 12″ high sides, which coincided with the partial plywood sheet that I had.  At either end at the top are all-thread rods that serve both to strengthen the box as well as to fine-tune the distance along the length of the slide.  This allows it to experiences the least amount of play and to function most smoothly. As of tonight it works flawlessly. I also got the last boxes of uncoated common nails in the region, 3″ and 3 1/2″.  Tomorrow I will finish this picker by sharpening the nails and adding them to cards, and then attach these on the slide and the floor.  I am thinking that I will also add hardware cloth to the floor of the box to allow some debris to fall through during the picking process.  This box is made entirely from scraps and used hardware that I had on hand, only the nails were purchased.

wool picker frame
adjustable all-thread rod, slide, and slide track
3 1/2″ uncoated common nails