#53 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 6, More on The Wire Twisting Mechanism

This is a self contained mechanism that is fastened to the front of the traveling beam of the loom. The spindle rack is the base of the twisting mechanism; all the other parts are attached to it. It is made from a single piece of wood, as long as the longest laid wire. It hasContinue reading “#53 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 6, More on The Wire Twisting Mechanism”

#52 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 5, The Wire Twisting Mechanism

Assembly of the Mechanism Examining the parts as they are put together may be one way to understand its workings. I don’t usually assemble the parts on the loom as I will do for this post. Normally the various spindle racks (a different one is needed for every chain spacing) are pre-assembled except for certainContinue reading “#52 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 5, The Wire Twisting Mechanism”

#51 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 4, The Lift Mechanism

The purpose of the lift mechanism is to repeatedly lift the wire facing so that laid wires can be added at the bottom. A treadle and lift lever (not pictured, at the bottom of the loom) pull down on the middle of a “V” of rope. (The top ends of the V are visible here.)Continue reading “#51 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 4, The Lift Mechanism”

#50 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 3, The Indexing Mechanism

The purpose of the Indexing Mechanism is simply to control the downward motion of the Traveling Beam (above). This beam is supported at both ends by square nuts; each fits into a notch created for it. These in turn are supported by a pair of Lead Screws, which are just full length pieces (3′ long)Continue reading “#50 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 3, The Indexing Mechanism”

#49 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 2, The Frame

Designing and building a functional loom requires working out details of how all of the mechanical parts interrelate before starting construction. This post is limited to decisions and dimensions that must be incorporated into the parts of the frame. Many of the dimensions used are somewhat arbitrary but I will emphasize those that directly affectContinue reading “#49 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 2, The Frame”

#48 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 1

This series of posts should allow for a better understanding of how this loom works. This first post is an overview of the four basic parts of the loom; the frame, the wire lifting mechanism, the indexing mechanism and the chain wire twisting mechanism. Later posts will give more detail on each of these inContinue reading “#48 Mould Maker’s Loom Part 1”

#47 Making a 24″ x 36″ Laid Facing

The largest laid facing I’ve made measured 30″ x 40″ but that was more than twenty years ago. Until now I hadn’t hadn’t made a very large facing on my new loom. There was no reason to think that it wouldn’t work but I was pleased to get a positive result. This mould maker’s loomContinue reading “#47 Making a 24″ x 36″ Laid Facing”

#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”