Chair Inkle Loom
While making the inkle loom I previously put on My Projects, I spotted this chair at The Curb. I brought it home and cleaned it off. I then completely disassembled it so I could study my parts and figure out my design. I cut out my selected pieces and sanded them, then began the process of assembling it. This was more challenging that it might appear because I had to figure out a plan that would utilize the existing holes and mortises and still be a loom. It was also a little tricky working with some of the crazy angles. Chairs are usually wider at the front of the seat than the back, as this one was, so the holes for the rungs from from to back are not at 90 degrees. I was also working with materials that didn't give me even one straight surface to use as a reference point. Somehow I managed to get it all worked out and put together, but these are the reasons that the front upright posts are to the inside of the rails and the back ones are on the outside. I used a PVC connector at the back end of one of the bottom rails as a compression ring because the wood was starting to split there. When I go back to the hardware store I'll pick up another for the other rail. Copper pipe would look better, so I might use it instead. In the meantime, I used a permanent marker to color the white PVC. When the finish was dry (almost, anyhow), I warped it up and made heddles so I could see if I needed to make any more adjustments. When I finish the band that's on it, I will take off the tension flap in the back and add two leather washers. Note in the pictures that the heddle bar is removable. I drilled holes through the ends of the bar and through the frame and tie it on. This lets me use detachable heddles that I much prefer to attached ones. I simply untie one end, put on the heddles and then tie the bar back on the frame. It seems to work quite well, but I've only woven a foot or so of the test band so far.
The loom measure 29" from front to back. It is 12" wide at its widest point (the back), 10 1/2" at the front. The two front bars are the narrowest and are 8 1/2". The warp length is 65" long, but I won't know how much waste I'll have at the ends until I finish weaving the band. I expect to lose about 8" of the length (unless I use it as fringe).
I had forgotten to add the last picture when I first posted. I believe that an inkle loom should have a handy place to keep your shuttle. If you leave it in the weaving it's sure to fall out and pull the weft threads tight and maybe chip the shuttle. So for this loom I made a small basket out of the seat caning from the chair. It's easy to remove when warping, and can be tied to either side out of the way of weaving but still handy.