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Warp Beam Handle

Our Mira floor loom did not come with a warp beam handle.  The past couple of days I have been sorting through the clutter that needs to be removed in our back shed in order to allow me to build a workshop for our Draper power loom.  I do not even recall having put this handle there, but it is a real find since it fits our Mira!


When I get time I will put it on my polishing wheel to see how much of the chrome is left under the rust.  If it is too badly pitted I will paint it with aluminum paint to match the rest of the hardware on the loom.

Reassembly of Warp And Cloth Beams

The paint is now dry and it’s beautiful the way this is turning out…I bought new screws for this application…same spec: #14 flat head’s, 1 1/2″ inches long…


Interesting that the cast pieces are not absolutely concentric – you can see in these pics that although one hole is perfectly lined up, the others are not.  Just a turn of the spindles/ratchets and they come right back into original alignment…

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I did not get a crank with the loom.  It was either forgotten to have been given me, or they never had it.  I will have to fabricate one…


Washing Warp Beam And Cloth Beam Canvases

Today I took the canvases off of the warp and cloth beams.  These were tacked on and came off fairly easily using a small flat screw driver, a lot of pressure to insert it under the head and prying gently and slowly.  Both canvases were very dirty…an indication that it had been neglected in a dirty area.  At first I used a gentle soap in cold water on delicate cycle; the canvas was in a mesh bag.  It came out dirty.  So I used Tide on cold water, and a regular cycle.  This cleaned them well and then I stretched them by hand and hung them to dry.  This was more than satisfactory.