Scandinavian Floor Loom

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Project by mccreamark posted 08-27-2009 11:32 PM 4261 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.
This is my Scandinavian floor loom.It is a 4 harness 6 treadle countermarche loom based on the popular Scandinavian style of looms. I can expand it to 8 frames and 10 treadle if needed.
I was reading an article in popular mechanics about building a small loom and decided to build one for my wife .Then as usual Igot carried away and decided to super size it and build a big one.
It is make of solid American ash and finished with one coat of Danish oil the 3 coats of shellac.
All the beams and important parts are laminatd to prevent warping and so far it ,s very straight and solid .
It is 50 inches wide can weave cloth 46 inches wide and is about 5 foot deep and 60 inches high.
It also has a flying shuttle beater bar so the shuttle will fly across the warp with the pull of a cord.
I guestimated the dimensions from different loom websites and catalogues so it has to be set up a few times to get the best results.
I machined all the rough stock with my Felder ,it took me 5 months to make. But i am pretty slow with the busted knees and I nearly cut off the top of my finger on this one.I was lucky as it was mostly nail and grew back but it scared the &^%$£$£! out of me .There was a lot of study involved to understand how looms work .Now I have to buy a reed and some heddles and get the wife to work!
Hope you like it

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 11:50 PM

Looks very interesting. I would love to see a vidoe of it once you get it going.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 12:22 AM

Wow, 5 months from you and you could potentially get a lifetime of work out of the wife. Just kidding!!! What a fantastic project, my aunt would go crazy over this. She raises Llamas for wool and spins her own finished wool. Great job, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 12:28 AM

Outstanding work,only 5 months!!!
I agree winth Innovator,a video would be good…

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 12:44 AM

Thanks I,ll try to do a video whenI have it up and running.

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 01:28 AM

Well my wife saw that and fell in love with it. My sister has a small floor loom and does altar vestments etc for her church. Nice work Mark.

-- Tim ~ ~ Be an example worth following

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 01:48 AM

Complicated machines… nice job of design and building… and expandable yet.

Wife wanted one… no room in the house. Like, if I had room for the loom I’d have room for some nice woodworking machinery!

Aunt and Uncle had one… and wove their own wall to wall carpet in a three floor five bedroom house, using wool scraps they gathered during their work in the garment industry. Interesting carpet pattern… suits, jackets, sweaters all woven into floor carpet with silk tie trim… ha!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 03:37 AM

that is a great looking loom. i built my wife a 20 inch table loom and it took me a week. your wife will love it. great work.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 06:07 AM

Super Loom fantastic work

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 09:25 AM

Dustyal , you hit on the only problem we have no room either ,so it could be me or the loom.I,m getting nervous!

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#10 posted 06-24-2010 12:45 AM

A loom is going to be one of my next big projects…hopefully one as nice as this one!! Thanks for posting!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 10:56 PM

Holy loom ,and I’m glad you’re not hurt. Your wife’s going to be very happy. Must feel pretty good to make a machine. Really great job.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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