#38 Deckle Rim Curvature

A deckle serves as a ‘fence’ to ‘corral’ a rectangle of pulp as it is deposited on the wires of a mould. In order for the edges of the paper to have neat ‘deckle edges’ the inner rim of the deckle is given a special shape, composed of very subtle convex curves on the twoContinue reading “#38 Deckle Rim Curvature”

#37 Fitting the Deckle to the Mould

The joints have been finished and now the four parts can be put together to form a rectangular ‘frame’. But the parts still need to be adjusted in a couple of ways to fit the mould before the joints are glued. In this post the the parts will be trimmed to create a small gapContinue reading “#37 Fitting the Deckle to the Mould”

#35 Deckle Joinery: Tenon End, Part 3

This is the last of four posts describing this way of shaping a traditional deckle joint. At the end of the previous post we left the joint at the stage shown at the back. Cutting away the part labeled “A” has made it possible for both tenons to slide partway into the joint but theContinue reading “#35 Deckle Joinery: Tenon End, Part 3”

#34 Deckle Joinery: Tenon End Part 2

The end of the last post left us with two tenons ready to be fitted into spaces left in the other half of the deckle joint. Both tenons were cut to the correct thickness and now both need to be trimmed to width. The simpler lower tenon is the first to be fitted. It onlyContinue reading “#34 Deckle Joinery: Tenon End Part 2”

#33 Deckle Joinery: Tenon End, Part 1

The next three posts will show how the other half of the deckle joint is made. This half of the joint takes longer so the process is broken into segments. One side of a saw cut establishes the bottom surface of the sliding dovetail; making it the right thickness to slide into the dovetail groove.Continue reading “#33 Deckle Joinery: Tenon End, Part 1”

#32 Deckle Joinery: the Mortise Side

I will now try to explain the making of a traditional British deckle joint; mimicking the form but using non-traditional methods. Its elaborate form must have evolved from the necessity of creating deckles that could stand the abuse of being ‘slapped’ onto moulds hundreds of times a day while being constantly in an out ofContinue reading “#32 Deckle Joinery: the Mortise Side”

#31 Tool Kit for Deckle Joinery

A brief review of the tools I use to create this unique and elaborate joint. Most of these tools have been used before when making the mould frame and ribs. Left to right: a 1/4″ straight bit, a 3/8″ by 9 degree dovetail bit, and a 1/8″ straight bit, all to be used with theContinue reading “#31 Tool Kit for Deckle Joinery”

#30 Getting ready to make Deckles

The moulds have been made and now need deckles. These pieces have already been put through some preliminary steps. For a review of these see the early post about seasoning and preparing wood. You may also wish to review the techniques used earlier to prepare the frame stock for the moulds, some of which willContinue reading “#30 Getting ready to make Deckles”

#28 Fit Wove Facing and Sew

A piece of phosphor bronze ‘wire cloth’ is cut to the size needed. I have always used phosphor bronze for this though it is more difficult to find than ‘plain’ bronze or brass. Either of these would likely work well but are less durable. Paper mould wove facings typically are made from wire cloth inContinue reading “#28 Fit Wove Facing and Sew”

#25 Wove Backing

A wove mould’s backing layer is similar to that of a laid mould. I’m not sure why but wove backing wires are usually more closely spaced than those used for laid moulds. At least this was the case with the moulds I was able to examine when getting started years ago. The counting wheel ofContinue reading “#25 Wove Backing”