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When I was a cub scout (about 55 years ago) my father had made a rope making machine from bicycle parts. We made what seemed like thousands of feet of rope with it. After researching the internet for free plans to make one, I found none for free. So I designed a basic all wood rope machine. There are many videos online that do a good job of showing you how to use one, but none to be found without a cost. So if you are interested feel free to download my basic gear driven rope machine plan. I designed this for my grandson (Cameron) as he has joined the Cub Scouts and I wanted him to experience making rope as I did so long ago.
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that should make your grandson happy...

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That looks pretty interesting Gary. I'm sure your grandson will enjoy it.

Just curious, what do you use to make your rope from? Is there a twine/string that is better than another for that purpose?


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What a gem you and your grandson will have great fun making rope.

I had been a cub scout leader for about 12 years when I was younger and my boys were growing up. Our pack had a rope maker and the cubs loved making rope a lot of which thry took home.

Recently I purchase 20 large bales of hay (8' x 4' x 3') to feed my sheep. The bales are held together with 6 bands of twine each, approx total length each bale 140'.

Your plans will give me a long lasting project to make and I can re purpose the twine.

Although the twine is made to break down when exposed to UV for a time, my thinking is to use it for craft.
Imagine 3 standard ropes made into one realy big fat one?

Thank you very much for the plans Gary.

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Great project Gary, I really like the gear assembly. That could be useful for other applications.
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Gary. Cool project. But more importantly, your documentation really raises the bar. Really well done!

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The twine I used was sisal twine, purchased at lowes (2200 feet) for about $14.00. A better twine is manila twine but it is only available in a large quanity. The twine is tied to the carriage end and strung to each of the gear eye loops twice and terminated back at the carriage. Then the gear end is rotated to twist each of the pairs of twine until the angle of the fibers appear to be about 45 degrees. at that point the rope is layed by twisting the crank on the carriage end while the guide is used to form the rope. The rope guide is used by sliding the guide along and laying the twisted strands again at a 45 degree angle. For every 5 turns on the carriage end you add 1 crank on the gear end to maintain that 45 degree angle as you slide the guide tward the gear end. Once the rope is made, the ends are whipped to keep it from unraveling. Fun stuff! A larger diameter rope can be made by stringing more initial strands..but 2 strands on each loop makes a 3/8" rope.
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