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  • JimM98 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Magnets1 year ago
    Unusual Uses for Magnets

    My wife & I use the fridge magnets with notes for common tasks on them "Dishes Clean", "Dogs Fed", "Let Out Goats", & others. Just pull them off the fridge & put them on the counter so the other(s) know.

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  • JimM98 commented on OGoi's instructable Discover and Build an Inkle Loom!2 years ago
    Discover and Build an Inkle Loom!

    Nice construction. This is basically what Bress shows in her "Inkle Weaving" book. I've made that one & there are a couple of issues with it, the biggest one being it doesn't have enough tension release. From studying several looms that work well, I've found there needs to be 1" of tension release for 17" of warp & have an unconfirmed report of even more being needed for one project. Easy enough to fix by turning the lower center peg into another tension release. Picking the heddle pin up above the warp run is another good idea so the warps don't touch. I generally use a hanger bolt for the tension pin(s) with fender washers on the back side & a star knob, although I try to steer clear of cams in general. I prefer to use a bigger dowel & separat...

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    Nice construction. This is basically what Bress shows in her "Inkle Weaving" book. I've made that one & there are a couple of issues with it, the biggest one being it doesn't have enough tension release. From studying several looms that work well, I've found there needs to be 1" of tension release for 17" of warp & have an unconfirmed report of even more being needed for one project. Easy enough to fix by turning the lower center peg into another tension release. Picking the heddle pin up above the warp run is another good idea so the warps don't touch. I generally use a hanger bolt for the tension pin(s) with fender washers on the back side & a star knob, although I try to steer clear of cams in general. I prefer to use a bigger dowel & separate the starting pin from the tension release, but that's tough to do on this design.I'd suggest using 3/4" or even a 1" dowels on this loom. There's plenty of room & it makes moving the project easier. Most important, there is less chance of the pins bending under pressure which can ruin the project through uneven tension.An addition that my daughter found helpful was a vertical foot on the right end that stuck out both sides so she could steady it with her foot. She found that she usually weaves sitting in a chair or on a stool. She puts the left end in her lap with her foot on the right end on the ground. She can use her knees to squeeze the base near the right upright.

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