What is this stick covered with duct tape, and why am I blogging about it now?
Cold weather is rapidly approaching. I am committed to sanding the rest of my Toika loom while I can still comfortably work outside.
This stick covered with duct tape is actually a shaft for my loom. I want to remove the duct tape, clean it up and sand it.
The previous owner of my loom made a weighted beater for weaving rugs.
Her husband had access to a machine shop where they made these aluminum brackets.
A 10 pound (4.5 kilogram) piece of metal, also from the machine shop, is taped to the shaft.
The bracket can slip over the beater to attach the weighted shaft to the loom.
It fits snugly and securely.
It can be positioned on the lower bar of the beater or on the upper bar for more leverage (or if the reed is too wide to allow it to fit on the lower bar.)
On the top bar, it is positioned so that when you pull the beater your hand will also be on the weighted bar, but it worked well for the previous owner.
I hope to work my way up 12 shafts before I need a weighted beater. But I've got plenty of duct tape if I need to put it back together!
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