Monday, March 9, 2015

Maple Syrup Time


Today is a beautiful day to be outside!  With temperatures in the 40's, Bob and I decided we needed to get the sugar maple trees tapped today.  Our little bear Hamish, who always loves adventures, wanted to help.  I got out his wooden sled and he got to ride on it and take care of the pail of spiles.
Bob went to "the helpful place", our local Ace Hardware, and bought a new 7/16" bit for his drill.  The portable electric drill was much easier than the old brace and bit he used to use.  Hamish wanted to try everything, but Bob told him he wasn't strong enough to hold the drill or hammer.
Hamish was content to get spiles out of the pail and hold them while Bob drilled.  A pail lid made a pretty good seat.
"Thanks for the spile, Hamish."

"This is fun being inside the pail.  I hope Dad doesn't put the lid down though, while I am in here!"
"Sap tastes good!  Maybe not as good as honey, but my mom said it is much better after is is boiled and made into syrup.  I can't wait, but Dad said it will be a few days before we start to boil it.  We need a lot of pails full.  This was fun!"

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Building a Stand With Treadles for my Leclerc Table Loom

Several years ago, my husband Bob and I designed a loom stand for my Leclerc Jano table loom.  I have had several people since then ask about making one.  We don't do that kind of work for others, but can give dimensions and show photos of how it should look when completed. I finally got around to doing all the measurements today.

This stand fits my 19 1/2" weaving width Jano loom (made before the Dorothys), and also fits my friend's Structo table loom.  With some careful measurements, it could be adapted to other looms with slightly different dimensions.

We used local hard maple from a local mill for the stand.

Although we looked at photos of other loom stands, this one was designed by Bob to my specifications. If anyone makes a stand from these measurements and writes about it, please give a link back to this post.  I am sure you will love your loom so much more with this stand.  It will turn a noisy loom into one that is much quieter.



















Jano Stand right end
Upright end measurements:  3 ½” w, ¾” thick, 26 ½” T
Shelf measurement:  21” L, 6 ½” w, ¾” thick
End base measurement:  2” T, 1 5/8” w, 24 ½” L
Distance between uprights (inner distance):  8 ½ “
Distance from front of base to upright:  2 ¼”
Distance from back of base to upright:  6 ¾”


















Jano Stand right shelf
Shelf measurement:  21” L, 6 ½” w, ¾” thick
Hole for treadle attachment cords:  1” from edge, 1” wide, 4” L, 6 ¾” from back, 10 ¼” from front
 

















Jano Stand left end
Upright end measurements:  3 ½” w, ¾” thick, 26 ½” T
Shelf measurement:  21” L, 6 ½” w, ¾” thick
End base measurement:  2” T, 1 5/8” w, 24 ½” L
Distance between uprights (inner distance):  8 ½ “
Distance from front of base to upright:  2 ¼”
Distance from back of base to upright:  6 ¾”
Lamm pivot attachment measurement:  ¾” thick, 3 ½” w, 8 ¾” L
Distance from under shelf to top of Lamm pivot:  5 5/8”
Cut out on Pivot attachment: 3” x 1 ½”, starting 4 ¾” from the back
¼” pivot rod, cut long enough to stick out for removal if necessary.
5 nylon washers for spacers between lamms











 



Jano Stand
Lamm Pivot Point














Jano Stand back
Back floor brace:  1 ¼” tall, 2” w, 30” L
Back top brace:  ¾” thick, 3 ½” w, 34 5/8” L
Lamms (4): 5/8” w, ¾” T, 33” L
Screw eyes (4): 7/8” from the end
Treadle tie-up holes (6): spaced from the screw eye end, 9”, 11 ¼”, 13 5/8”, 15 ½”, 18”, 20 3/8”  (they will be approximately 2 ¼” apart)















Jano Stand front
Back floor brace:  1 ¼” tall, 2” w, 30” L
Back top brace:  ¾” thick, 3 ½” w, 34 5/8” L
Treadle attachment blocks (2): ¾” thick, 1 ½” w, 4 ½ L
Dowel treadle spacers: 1” dowel, 1 5/8” L
Treadles (6):  ¾” thick, 1 ¼” tall, 18” L.  They taper to ½” tall at the back, from the top edge 6 ¼” from the back.
Holes on the treadles (4): ¾” center to center, starting 13” from the front.














Treadle attachment on front floor brace (centered)
















 
Treadles showing the taper.  
Texsolv cord, standard size
Connecting treadles to lamms (at least 12):  19” each
Connecting levers to eyelets on lamms (4):  28” each

Small “s” hooks (4) for attaching cords to levers.  To remove the loom from the stand, only the “s” hooks need to be disconnected. Loop them around the shelf and hook to the cords under the shelf.  The loom and the stand are easy to transport when disconnected.