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Flying-Shuttle

On Saturday I was given a shuttle that is suitable for using with a hand-powered flying-shuttle box.  I was thrilled.  My mentor had no use for it any longer and gifted it to me over brunch.  Distinguished primarily by its metal ends it is designed to be robust with the metal ends both adding weight as well as protecting the wood when it is both launched and lands.  The metal ends were rough.  Two days ago I decided to smooth them and polish the entire loom…

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Leclerc Nilart – Dismantling, Cleaning, Polishing, & Refinishing

dsc00001I spent the day hauling in various parts of our Nilart loom.  I started with scouring the heddle support bars on the harnesses using 0000 super fine steel wool.  The loom is in great shape.  Nevertheless, these bars are steel and as such subject to corrosion.  Dust and grime also accumulate…in this case 42 years worth.  While it did not seem significant, once I did this, the heddles slid back-and-forth like they are now on ice skates!  I also lightly sanded the wood on the harnesses and wiped on a light coating of boiled linseed oil…my favourite natural finish.  While the finish on Leclerc looms is nice, it is far from being a fine-furniture grade.  Some of the wood’s roughness is from an incomplete sanding on the wood, and some is from roughness on the part of the varnish application.  Sanding with fine sandpaper and then rubbing with linseed oil makes for a smooth-as-glass finish.

The reed was likewise tarnished and grimy.  Steel wool worked off the worst.  Then with a new polishing wheel I worked in between the reeds.  It came out incredibly smooth.

Before scouring…

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After polishing…

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I went on to the larger pieces of the loom, sanding and finishing…

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The canvas on the front take-up reel was dirty…

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…and got washed; the rear one will be done tomorrow when I dismantle the rear beam apparatus.  And then the metal parts were scoured…

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It’s coming out quite nicely.  There is no reason to not do this.  First of all an evaluation of all parts should be made…better now than when I load up my first warp and find out that there is a problem, that’s for sure!  But just the prospect of alleviating any unnecessary friction in a loom that works 12 shafts will surely prove to be a benefit in the end.  Better now than later.  Today the windchill was -35, so it seems to be a great time to do this.

And it is turning out beautifully.

Treadle Disassembly

The most damaged part of this loom are the treadles.  There are water stains on the treadle cross member and the metal is well corroded.  The wood and metal themselves are still sound, but need to be reworked…

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…the treadle rod is welded on one end…

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…but the other end is just peened, so I lightly ground this end until it could be removed from the cast treadle bracket…

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…and rather than replace the treadle hardware I decided to keep the original equipment, which polished up well with some work…

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