I've got a little Depression-era loom that looks virtually identical to the one in the 'group photo' except that the gears on my cloth and warp bars are wooden. I've had it for a while, but finally got my health enough in order to attempt to use it.
I made up a warp on a beam with pegs, so somewhat similar to using a warping board except that it was made quickly so it's just a 2x4x8 with pegs to make a 7' warp with a single cross. Unfortunately, I'm finding that my tension is all over the map. As a makeshift, I've stuck some lengths of dowel under the looser threads on the warp bar to pull them a bit tighter. I'll make it through this project, but I'd like to avoid this happening in the future as it's really frustrating to be having to adjust the tension on individual warp threads to try to fix it. I thought my warp was pretty even when I tied on, but obviously it wasn't.
So what'd I do wrong, and how do I avoid this in the future?