Ron's Loom Build
Hi, everyone I wanted a big floor loom after takeing a weaving class in college 50 years ago but never had the money to buy one or place to build or put one. So, when my son milled a maple log into lumber 3 years ago, He gave me a whole stack of rough sawn maple so I could build one. Like others who have wanted to build a loom, I found that decent plans for what I wanted were not readily available. I drew up my own plans based mainly on the Glimakra Standard 47" loom.
I added a teadle spreader ( that I will notch for locking the treadles later) to limit treadle drift. No joints are glued and will not be be glued. I used mortice and tenon joints secured in place with semi-consealed bed bolts for the two gables and dovetail joints for the cloth cross beam and breast beam. I used the same type of joint for the warp beam as was used on the Glimakra warp crossbeam. The pictures will show that I have not cut the groove to seat the reed in the beater. I will wait until I purchase the reed (stainless steel) so I can measure for a proper fit. I made the ratchet gears from 1/4 "aluminum plate. If the aluminum doesn't hold up I will make new ones from plate steel. Aluminum is easier to work.