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Old 26-07-2011, 10:05   #1
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Default Today's project - rope making machine.

A rope winding machine

I've wanted to make one of these for a long while, so yesterday I started on it, making it all from scrap bits and pieces found in my workshop.

The main wooden parts are all oak, and the handle part is made from 9mm ply and a bit of broom shank.

The metal parts are three tent pegs.

I bent the tent pegs to shape with my vice and a big hammer. I did all three at the same time so they would all end up the same size.

Initial trials showed that the strain caused when twisting pulled the pegs out of their slots in the wood, so I solved that by glueing a strip of leather round the outer edge then whacking in some staples for extra strength.















Best of all - it works!

Thanks for looking,

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Default Re: Today's project - rope making machine.

Hello Eric.. Long time no see.. I like the look of that. Where did you get the plans from..?
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Hello Eric.. Long time no see.. I like the look of that. Where did you get the plans from..?
I didn't mate. I just remembered seeing something like that at the rope works in Hawes years ago. Just knocked it up in the shed.

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Brilliant is that! Yon ropeworks in Hawes is some place. Well worth a daunder round.
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any chance of a vid too see how it works?
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Old 29-07-2011, 11:34   #6
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any chance of a vid too see how it works?
Yes mate, but it'll have to be one made at the BCUK Bushmoot. I'm just about all packed now as we (grandson and I) leave on Sunday night to get to Wales Monday morning. I'm running a couple of pre-moot courses for three days before the regular members turn up. (Leatherworking and green woodcraft). Rope making will be one of the subjects taught during the moot, so someone will have a video camera. In fact, as I'll be doing it as a tutorial, it'll probably end up on Youtube, so I'll post a link to it.

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