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Building A 45″ Raddle

Today I put together a raddle for my 45″ floor looms.  Our local cabinet shop had a 48″ long, 2″ x 2″ piece of clear maple.  My total cost was $28.00…list price for a Leclerc is $70…


I ripped the board in half, lengthwise – 2, 1″ x 2″ boards – and planed them.  Then I lightly penciled a line with a square down the entire length of the board and hash marked it at 1/2″ intervals.  I dimpled these hash marks with a nail.  I added a fence to my drill press and drilled out the holes that are a little smaller than the 3″ common nails.  The wood is not drilled all the way through…


Cutting off the heads of the nails the remaining stubs are sanded and smoothed.   The nails are lightly hammered into place.  The opposing block of wood is drilled with holes twice as large as the nails to ease fitting.  And the raddle is given its first treatment with boiled linseed oil…


The finished raddle…


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