How To Make A Rope Making Machine
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How To Make A Rope Making Machine

August 23, 2019

Back when I was a kid.
I was in boy scouts and my dad was actually, the scout leader and went through a phase where he was trying to teach us all the different knots
you could tie with rope. But he wanted to take it one step further, and actually make the rope itself. So he used this little guide book to put
together a little makeshift rope making machine. And we spent hours winding sisal like this and turning it into long strands of rope. Now Eventually, we made so much rope we built a horse corral and caught two
wild horses. But that’s a different story for another day. The problem with our rope making machine is
it generally took about 4-5 different people to operate it. So the purpose of this project today; Is to see if we can make a simple machine. That will allow you to make a rope
all by yourself. Now I made a quick trip down to my local
Home Depot and in the hardware aisle, I found almost
all of the materials were gonna need for this project today. I picked up three 1/4 inch by 5 inch Eye Bolts
that come with a hex nut already on them. I got a couple different sizes of large
Fender Washers. I got some Cut Washers, some Hex Nuts,
and I also picked up some Plastic Castor Wheels as well. These are the kind of wheels you would
put on the bottom of a cabinet or a workbench you would have out in the garage. But we’re just using them for the wheel. We’re gonna cut the rest of it off. I stopped at the lumber aisle and I got a 1 x 6 x 6 piece of common board, as well
as this 2 x 2. But these things are a bit too big to
work with as is, so lets get busy and
cut them to size. So guys our wood is cut,
and here’s what we ended up with. I took this common board and cut it to lengths
of 7 1/2 inches I took the first piece and doubled
it over the second one and cut them together so that
they’re exactly the same width. Then I took a piece of our 2×2 and cut it 8 1/2 inches long. the board you can see it overlaps about three inches on either side, and the last piece of two by two is the exact same width as the common board itself. So if we put all the pieces together it should look something like this. So update guys, our wood is cut and it’s looking good, so the next step now is to line up our hardware and drill some holes. So the idea here is to take your largest fender washers and position them on the board forming a triangle. You want to do it in such a way so when you add your 2×2 to the top, as well as the bottom it’s going to leave similar spacing at the top in the bottom. I also use the width of my bolts as a spacer to create gaps between the washers and ensure that they’re symmetrically placed. I think this is the best way to eyeball this thing together without getting super technical on the measurement. And that’s looking pretty good so let’s mark the centers. Not bad. I think we got a set. Once the centers are marked, it’s time to drill some holes. Now since we have a 1/4 inch bolt, it makes sense to use a 1/4 inch drill bit to drill some holes in this wood. We want it to be just as tight and snug as it can be. If we’re going to drill these holes, we can put the two boards together and drill the holes at the exact same time, that way they’ll line up perfectly. And to make sure I get them absolutely perfect I’m just going to use a couple clamps to hold them in place. Alright let’s drill some holes. Alright sweet, so our three holes are drilled, we can go ahead and undo these clamps, and theoretically these things should be lined up perfectly, symmetrically. And just for reference I’m going to mark a little arrow on here; in case they ever get disconnected and turned around. Putting an X on them like that, they should all line up perfectly. Alright, we have finished up pretty much everything that we need to do with the wood for now. So let’s move on to the next important step: making the metal spinning hooks the spinning hooks are going to be made out of these eyebolts. If we put them in a bench vise and tug on them slightly we can get the eye part to open up, and form a hook that we could put a string into later on. We also need to develop a way that when we put one into the chuck of our drill bit and pull the trigger, it spins all three hooks simultaneously. And here’s what I’ve got in mind: what if we took three plastic wheels and use them as pulleys and connect them all together with a band, so that when we spun one of them, all three of them would spin together. Let me grab a hacksaw and show you what I’ve got in mind. Grab it right there on that axle… Freedom! Ok so cool guys here’s we got: I used my hacksaw to cut through these little pins in the caster wheels and released all three of these little plastic wheels. If you take one of your largest fender washers and push it against the wheel, you’re going to find it overhangs about a quarter of an inch. That’s actually really important and you’ll see why in just a second. Alright, this is where it starts getting exciting guys, because all of our pieces are cut, all of our pieces ready, all we have to do now is put them together. Start by removing all of the hex nuts off of your bolts so you just have the naked bolt by itself. You’re going to take the end of the bolt and push it through one of the holes, all the way through, and then take one of your small cut washers, and bump that up from the inside. With the cut washer in place, we want to take our hex nut and screw that on, and thread that all the way down and until it’s as far as it can go. Then take a wrench and crank it a little bit more. Beautiful, and just like that we’ve got a bolt that’s locked in place but can spin freely as well. And we’re going to do that three more times There we go our bolts are in there and secured, we can go ahead and take another cut washer now and drop it on top of each one of those bolts, and then it’s time to add our little plastic wheels. There’s only one problem though, these little holes in the middle are a little bit too small to fit over the bolts. So we’re going to need to drill them out with a 1/4 inch bit first. Beauteous. Alright so the holes on our wheels are cut, what we have to do is just build up the base a little bit so that there’s a ridge line on either side of these wheels, because when we put our band on, we don’t want it to slip off. And to do that I’m using some of these fender washers as retaining walls. Now, the problem is these fender washers have a very large hole in the middle, so we need to build them up with a smaller fender washer first. Now these fender washers are the only ones I could find the Home Depot, it would be more ideal if you could find one with a 1/4 inch hole in the center. However, using what we’ve got, we can use this wider fender washer with the 1/4 inch hole, place it on top of the cut washer, and then take the larger fender washer and place it on top. Beautiful. And once our wheel’s on, we’re going to do the same thing in reverse large fender washer first, slightly smaller fender washer next, followed by our cut washer and a nut. Now as we start to tighten the nut, it’s important to make sure all our fender washers are exactly in place. And once it looks like everything’s lined up in place, go ahead and take a couple of wrenches and crank that sucker tight, because we want that wheel to be pinched so tight that it will not come undone. Beautiful. Alright one down two to go. Oh yeah, there we go guys. We got our three spinners set, and all functioning fine. Alright update guys the hard part is over. I’ve got all three of our spinners in place with our hook securely firmed on the other side and I went ahead and tested all of them and make sure they all spin freely and all of them do. So here’s the challenge: how do we make it so that when we spin one, the other two spin at the same time? There’s a little solution I’ve come up with. It’s even easier than you think. And this is it: an old used bicycle tire tube. Now if you don’t have one of these lying around, they’re really easy to find: just go down to any bike store. They throw these away all the time. Used tire tubes: they have no use for. So they’ll probably give you as many as you want. Take your tire tube, it doesn’t really matter where and just go ahead and cut it right in half. That’s going to give you two nice, clean cuts just like this. Then take the end of the tube and line it up between the two washers and cut off a piece that’s roughly about the same distance as that gap, maybe a little bigger. Take that piece of inner tube and flip it so that it’s inside out, so that the inside is now pointed outside, and the thick rubbery stuff is on the inside. Now we’re going to stretch this a few times to make a little bit bigger, and then we’re going to loop it over all of our pulleys at once. This creates a makeshift rubber belt that has quite a bit of tension, but you can see how it’s pulling everything into the center. That’s where our second board comes into play. Because the holes were cut exactly the same, we should be able to push the bolts in place, and that’ll line everything up symmetrically. And now when we turn one bolt, you can see the belt drives the other two pulleys, and they all spin together. Sweet! So this right here is the essence of our rope making machine and all that’s left to do is take our 2x2s and screw one block into the top, and the longer block into the bottom, so it has a couple of overhanging pieces that allow us to clamp this unit to the table. Oh this thing is looking good! Yeah! So guys, check this out. This is what we have created. A simple rope making machine made with very cheap materials from local hardware store. What’s really cool about it is it has these little flanges on the side so you can take a clamp and clamp it straight to your table. And believe me, that’s going to come in really handy as we start making rope in future videos. When it comes time to operate our machine, all we have to do is take something like a cordless power drill, latch onto one of the bolts from the back and pull the trigger. How cool is that guys? A simple little rope-making machine we just built here at home, but the problem is, it’s still going to take three to five people to help make the rope. In the next video, I’m going to show you how to rig up the rest of the system to automate the process, so with the press of the trigger, one person can make a strand of rope, all by themselves. So there you have it guys. With just a little bit of effort and some low cost materials from the hardware store, we just rigged ourselves up a pretty cool little rope making machine. And I can’t wait to show you in a future video exactly what it will do. Thanks for joining me for this project, I’ll be looking for you the next one. Beautiful! Oh you got to be kidding me! When all your work goes down the drain.

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  2. 0:20 alas dearest brother, friend and mentor, the day you speak of most wait until another life, farewell and goodbye, you won’t easily be forgotten.

  3. it really breaks my heart seeing him here all alive, so energetic and happy, but knowing he is no longer with us

  4. Some people say there crying because of onions when there actually sad even me but now these are tears from my real heart ?RIP

  5. Watched some volunteers demonstrate 2 versions of this at Fort Ross during a Russian festival just north of Jenner, Ca. I was so fascinated by this that I photographed all of it and drew scale drawings of the simpler wood version as well as the metal geared version. Really cool stuff. I asked a few questions and learned about how they wet it and let it dry to hold its shape, shrinkage rate and even waxing it as for lassoing etc. Happy to share pics and drawings with anybody interested in making their own. Its pretty interesting. Some very simple tools you make and some twine and you can make as long and as thick a pc as you want. Any interest, reply.

  6. I think you can just use the drill it’s self. Put one of those hooks in the drill like a drill bit. Tie all 3 strings/rope to the end of then hook. Running all 3 to then tie them up. Pull the trigger on the drill baby no wood, screws or wheels

  7. I can't forgive myself for not watching his vids before he was gone.

    Gone forever… But never in our hearts…

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