First the wood needed to be finished. Finishing was a little sanding and then two coats of a natural color oil. There was a lot of wood to touch, but in all the first coat only took me about forty minutes. The second coat went quicker.
The next day, I cleared the decks and set to assembly. Bit by bit it took shape.
And then suddenly it was done. Suddenly might be a bit hasty language wise. In truth it took me a few hours on a Saturday and a few more on a Sunday. The results? A little loom that I love. This is a little 8 shaft Harrisville Designs 22" loom. It has all the traits that I love from the larger Macomber which shares the studio. It is reasonably transportable and weaves beautifully.
By assembling my own loom, I learn a lot about how it all connects. I feel confident that I know how everything works and how to fix what might need to be tweaked. It was even fun. The directions were mostly clear, but I did find the brake directions a bit confusing. I did figure them out and I'll include these photos just in case anyway needs them in a desperate Google search.
Warp brake assembly
Brake release positioning