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1. A frame used in making paper by hand to form paper pulp into sheets of a desired size.
2. A deckle edge.

[German Deckel, from Decke, cover, from decken, to cover, from Middle High German, from Old High German decchen; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈdɛkəl) or


1. (Tools) a frame used to contain pulp on the mould in the making of handmade paper
2. (Mechanical Engineering) Also called: deckle strap a strap on each edge of the moving web of paper on a paper-making machine that fixes the width of the paper
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) See deckle edge
[C19: from German Deckel lid, from decken to cover]


(ˈdɛk əl)

1. a board, usu. of steel, fitted under part of the wire in a papermaking machine for supporting the pulp stack before it is sufficiently formed to support itself on the wire.
[1800–10; < German Deckel cover, lid =deck(en) to cover (see deck)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deckle - rough edge left by a deckle on handmade paper or produced artificially on machine-made paper
edge - a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
2.deckle - (paper making) a frame used to form paper pulp into sheets
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
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I made my own deckles and molds from foam meat trays by simply cutting a rectangle from the center of two trays and duct-taping plastic screening to the bottom of one tray for the deckle (also acquired from the thrift store screens).
Deckles (social and economic history, University of the West Indies, Barbados) reviews the debate and recommends reparations for present-day ancestors of enslaved Africans forced to labor in the Caribbean.
Deckles are devices useful to adjust the slot width of extrusion dies, and hence the extruded product width.
The die is equipped with internal deckles to reduce the web from 1 5 m for CPP film to 1 m for the classical Handrollex.
The obvious components are a vat (of wood perhaps, and hence could be made by a cooper), stamping mills (each would have three or four iron-tipped mallets) or a beater (although this was newer technology) for the pulp (driven by the wheel), a sorting table, one or more storage tanks (one heated by a stove if the fibre was fermented) for stuff, perhaps of stone, a sorting table, screw presses, felts (available locally from Lord, probably), a piped water supply for some of the processes, moulds and deckles and a drying loft, equipped with movable ropes to hang the sheets, and fitted with shutters or other ventilation.
Papermaking molds and deckles to make 8 1/2" x 11" sheets
The Flex-Master's 65 mm and 75 mm coextrusion station utilizes a feedblock and 1,500 mm die with internal deckles for edge bead savings.
The illustrations include many aspects of the production process, including details of machinery, moulds and deckles.
As a result, the design opens possibilities to use deckles for materials that may not have previously been considered for such a feature.
Deckles are conventionally used for changing product width, but in the XPS process, where the material ultimately expands in all directions, deckles can be used to adjust thickness as well.