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What are the parts of a slotted web stretcher?

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Parts of a slotted web stretcher, used to stretch out upholstery webbing; slot, dowel and ridge.

A slotted web stretcher is a fairly simple tool made up of a slot, a ridge and a dowel. Find out more about the parts of a slotted web stretcher and their purposes by reading our helpful guide below.

Slotted web stretcher slot

Parts of a slotted web stretcher; slot. Where the webbing is inserted through to be stretched The webbing is threaded through the slot of the web stretcher and then held in place with the dowel. Only webbing that is up to 50mm (2″) in width can fit through the slot and be used with the slotted web stretcher.

Slotted web stretcher dowel

Parts of a slotted web stretcher; dowel. The webbing is wrapped around the dowel and the dowel holds the webbing in place so it can be stretched tight, The dowel is a small cylindrical shaped piece of wood, which is attached to the web stretcher by a piece of string or chain. The webbing is wrapped around the dowel before being threaded back through the slot. The dowel then locks the webbing in place so it can be pulled tight.

Slotted web stretcher ridge

Parts of a slotted web stretcher; ridge. The ridge slits against the wood or side of the object that is being upholstered to stop the web stretcher slipping whilst pulling the webbing. A ridge is cut out of the wider end of the slotted web stretcher and sits against the edge of the object you are upholstering the webbing to. The ridge stops the tool slipping once force is used to pull the webbing tight.