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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…


After polishing…


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


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


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


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.


Tension Box Comb


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…


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


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…


6 Dent Reed

It’s a reed for big braids.  45″.  I needed to order both a reed and yarn for this next project.  The Leclerc reed came first.  The yarn?  Perhaps next month.  Leclerc are people with whom it is so easy to deal.  Send an email of what you want and where it is being sent.  They send you and invoice with a PayPal link.  You pay.  They send.  And the items are always very well packaged.  Usual shipping time is within a day.  While I wait to order my heavy cotton I’ll load up my warp board… tomorrow… and start something new… not sure what…  I’ll decide tomorrow after I get up…


Leclerc Reed

A new Leclerc reed arrived yesterday.  I was told with this Jano renovation and the lack of 20.5″ availability, that I could cut down longer reeds to fit.  It seemed such a waste to order a shorter, 15″ reed, that would waste the potential width of weaving of which a Jano is capable.  Ordering a longer reed, and planning to cut it down, I mentioned that it was for a Jano, and Leclerc replied that they could make one of the proper length for the Jano. They did a great job.  I will load a warping board and then the loom today in anticipation of using it for another scarf…