Sometimes I’m an airhead

Remember the 22″ Harrisville 4s/4t I picked up a couple of weeks ago?  I finally got off my duff and started to work on making it usable.  It was missing a brake cable, harness cables, and a crank.  After I got it home, I realized the beater bar was out of kilter.

I added harness cables.  Don’t knock them, a girl uses what she has on hand.

After putting on a new brake cable (you’ll see that in a minute), I went about figuring out why the beater bar was only touching the castle on one side.  On the other side, it was a couple of centimeters away.  My first thought was that the wood for the beater bar was warped.  I layed the beater bar on the floor, no warping.  I put the beater bar back on the loom and looked for other causes.  Finally, I found it.  The piece of wood on the left that has the bolts that the bar sits on was different than the wood on the right.  The one on the left didn’t come all the way to the edge of the front frame, the one on the right did.  The bolt hole on the back was further away from the end than the bolt hole on the front.  I was a tad irritated, someone drilled the holes wrong.  How would I decide which bar I wanted to drill new holes in?  Which one would set the beater bar in the right place?  How would I handle the bolts the beater bar swivels on since they don’t come out of the other side of the wood?  I thought about this for a good 5 minutes.  Then it hit me.  The bar was put on backwards, or upside down, depending on how you look at it.  I didn’t have to drill any holes, I just had to flip the bar front to back.

Here’s the bar view from outside the frame.

Here’s the view from the inside of the frame.

This is actually the right side bar, which looks the same as the left.  The front of the bar was to the back on the left side.  With the bolt hole closer to the end, the bar didn’t go all the way to the edge of the frame.  With the bar turned around, the swivel points weren’t at the same place on each side, which is why it was only hitting one side of the castle.  Once I flipped the bar around, the beater bar is hitting the castle perfectly.  And there’s the brake cord I mentioned earlier 🙂

For now, I think I’m going to keep this as my workshop loom and put the table loom plans on hold.  I only paid $50 for this loom, which is a lot cheaper than the table looms I was looking at.  The only thing is, is that this will be a bear to haul around.  I’m thinking about putting some wheels on it so I could tip it and roll it along.

What do you think?  Purple wheels?  I wish 🙂

I bought it from a guild that it was donated to so I didn’t get to ask the previous owner any questions, and now I wonder.. did the previous owner abandon this loom because he/she thought the loom was warped?  (I mean, warped in a bad way. Ha!)  All it took was a little time and effort and this loom is now in working condition.  It might not have the “real” parts (brake cable, harness cable, etc) but it works and that’s what matters.

I still need to get a crank substitute, which I have some leads on.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janice in GA
    Oct 22, 2009 @ 13:48:19

    “Warped,” haha!

    Good problem-solving there! I love it when the light comes on and you see you’ve got an easy fix!


  2. Cindy in FL
    Oct 23, 2009 @ 03:15:59

    I have the 36″ Harrisville Loom and had the same problem when I got it used-ie, the beater bar was flipped. Glad you figured it out-a good workhorse of a loom!


  3. Life Looms Large
    Oct 24, 2009 @ 07:28:29

    Some good loom fixing there! (Plus you got a great deal on that loom!)

    I was surprised at the round robin workshop I attended last spring. I thought a floor loom would be a nightmare to haul around, but the other workshop participants are basically so grateful to get to use floor looms, not table looms that people automatically came outside to help everyone get their cars unloaded. Only 1 of the 12 floor looms had wheels and we didn’t use them because we had to move the loom out of the trunk, up 4 stairs, over several thresholds to get to the weaving room. Before that workshop, I would have been scared to take a floor loom to a workshop, but afterward, I was wishing for an inexpensive, small floor loom I could haul around to workshops. I still have my eyes open for one!




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