|Forum topic by Absinthe||posted 10-14-2011 03:21 PM||3105 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-14-2011 03:21 PM
Next project is to build a weaving loom. Many people seem to start these project suggestions with “Buy a commercially made reed and beater and heddles” then build a stand around it. To me that seems like cheating.
I have seen plans for tape looms, and lap looms that essentially involve getting a slot started and then inserting a saw or even some that use a comb saw. Two ideas I am loath to try, especially for a 24” or 30” reed.
There are two parts in general that require a comb to be made. The first is the beater, it is simple enough that some people use a fork. The second is called a rigid heddle. A heddle is something that holds yarn which is being woven. In a rigid heddle system it holds ever other strand so that you can lift it up and that will separate the strands so you can simply slide your yarn through, push it down and you can do it again. This way you don’t have to actually go the under/over/under/over thing like we did in 1st grade weaving construction paper place mats :)
In its simplest form it is a series of equidistant slots and holes.
My first attempt was with popsicle sticks.
This accomplished 4-1/2” of flimsy construction and lots of glue on my fingers. It also took over an hour to get that far. I believe that will not be my final solution, unless I can come up with a better way to jig it up so I can do more at once.
On my ride to work today I came up with an idea. If I take a board, lets say 32” long and 6” wide. Then essentially laminate a piece of masonite on to it (just on the edge 1” or so (along the 6” part so there would be 4” center essentially not glued). Then using a jig like for box joints/finger joints that are just the width of my saw blade (1/8” curf every other 1/4”) just barely deeper than the masonite thickness. When it is all cut, turn the board over, masonite side up, and rip 1” in from the edges to release the unglued center part of the board. I assume I could then glue a mating piece of wood on the cut side edges to I have what looke like an I-beam with the comb in the center. Anyone see any flaws in this plan?
Here is an image of some commercial ones: