#44 Preparing a Deckle for Sheathing

One of the moulds being made has some experimental features. It and its deckle are made of larch; an early effort of mine to start looking for alternatives to tropical hardwoods. I sheathed the mould in brass, mainly to demonstrate sheathing on the blog. The larch deckle will also be sheathed. This gives me anContinue reading “#44 Preparing a Deckle for Sheathing”

#43 Adjusting a Deckle

(Another advantage of the ‘pinwheel’ joint) This mould and deckle were intended to be an A4 size. In converting from metric I made an error and ended up with a deckle that was too loose in one direction. (It fit fine the other way). Since the deckle was made with joints in a ‘pinwheel’ orientationContinue reading “#43 Adjusting a Deckle”

#42 Final Shaping of the Deckle

If the deckle belongs to a laid mould small grooves are filed into the rim where the chain wires stick up. Placing the deckle on the mould and rubbing it around will cause the chain wires to leave visible dents in the wood. The deckle is turned 180 degrees and rubbed on the mould thatContinue reading “#42 Final Shaping of the Deckle”

#39 Gluing the Deckle

Applying paste wax to the outside of the parts makes it a little easier to remove the excess epoxy that squeezes out. The parts should be pushed up tight to keep the paste wax from getting into the joints. The deckle parts fit together in a rotating pattern so they have to be assembled inContinue reading “#39 Gluing the Deckle”

#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”