How To Make A Rope Making Machine



back when I was a kid I was in Boy Scouts and my dad was actually the Scout leader and he went through a phase where he was trying to teach us all the different knots that 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 the 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 that's a different story for another day the problem with our rope making machine is it generally took about four to five 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 the materials were going to need for this project today I picked up three quarter inch by five inch eye bolts to 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 caster wheels as well these are the kind of wheels you'd put on the bottom of a cabinet or a workbench you 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 one by six by six piece of common board as well as this two by two but these things are a bit too big to work with as is let's 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 seven and a half inches I took the first piece and doubled it over the second one and cut them together so that they're exactly the same way then I took a piece of our 2×2 and cut it eight and a half inches long when you put that over the board you can see it overlaps about three inches on the other side and the last piece of 2×2 is the exact same width as the common board itself so you 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 the idea here is to take your large fender washers and position on the board forming a triangle you want to do it in such a way so when you add your two by two 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 bolt as a spacer to create gaps between the washers and ensure they're symmetric to place I think this is the best way to eyeball this thing together without getting super technical on the measurements and that's looking pretty good so let's mark the center's not bad I think we got a set once the center's are marked it's time to drill some holes now since we have a quarter inch bolt it makes sense to use a quarter inch drill bit to drill some holes in this wood we want it to be just as tight and snug as it can be 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 I make sure I get them absolutely perfect I'm just going to use a couple clamps to hold them in place all right let's do some holes all right 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 am gonna 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 all right 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 these spinning hooks are gonna be made out of these eye bolts 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 remember right there on that axle weirdo okay so cool guys here's what we got I use 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 large fender washers and push it against the wheel you're gonna find it overhangs about a quarter of an inch that's actually really important and you'll see why in just a second all right this is where it starts getting excited 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 you just have the Naked bolt by itself you're gonna 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 tell us as far as they 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 we're gonna 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 gonna need to drill them out with a quarter inch bit first it is 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 so 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 watch this first now these fender washers are the only ones I could find at the Home Depot it would be more ideal if you could find one with a quarter inch hole in the center however using what we've got we can use this wider fender washer with the quarter inch hole place it on top of the cut washer and then take the larger fender washer and place that on top beautiful and once our wheels on we're gonna do the same thing in Reverse large fender watch our first slightly smaller fun to watch our next followed by our cut washer and a net 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 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 Booya 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 hooks 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 any bike store they throw these away all the time use tire tubes they have no use for so I'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 it's gonna 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 bit 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 then we're gonna stretch this a few times to make it a little bit bigger and then we're gonna 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 will 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 weave so this right here is the essence of our rope making machine and all that's left to do is take our two by twos 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 cable well 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 gonna 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 in the back and pull the trigger how cool is that guy is simple little rope making machine we just built here at home but the problem is it's still gonna 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 a trigger one person can make a stranded 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 written 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 talk to you then beautiful oh you gotta be kidding me when all your work goes down the drain

48 thoughts on “How To Make A Rope Making Machine

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  2. How about you make something like this but it spins the rope in a pattern to keep the rope locked/wont come undone it will be technical for sure.

  3. Love the video and the fact that you even wanted to make it, but I have to say the background music with it’s repetitive guitar was driving me crazy.

  4. Why not just make a rope instead of making a rope making machine? It's still just making a rope but with extra steps.

  5. Just a thought. What if the side that dose the wrapping was the moving part instead of the end that way you could have stable side spooling up in some way rather then having to run it across the room. Maybe the whole device could be done smaller like a foot or 2 long yet be able to make continuous rope that could feed off the smaller spools from bobbins and have a way to spool the finished rope with a tension spool as the final product comes out the end. That would be epicly cool

  6. Love your vid's. But kids just go and buy a piece of rope they need, sorry. I know how much goes into these vid's but show how to make expensive stuff for cheap that people need.

  7. If you want to make hundreds of feet of rope in a small room, it’s called a spool. There’s easier ways to do this…

  8. Your dad was smart, but he taught you a bunch incorrect therms (and I'm only 2 minutes in :). Those are Lock Washers not Cut Washers and what you are calling Fender Washers are actually Flat Washers (Fender washers have a small hole)…

  9. I am actually an Eagle Scout and in my troop we used the exact machine you used and made rope as well. Mine is red white and blue

  10. Why does each hook need to twist independently? It would be much simpler to just spin one hub with hooks attached to three spokes, and have the same effect. The individual strands don’t need to be twisted (they already are…), rather, the three strands need to be twisted together. It’s way more complicated than necessary. Cheers!

  11. Very cool! I just wish you'd have bought an actual set of wrenches while at the Home Depot…instead of using pliers – and "randomly" calling them wrenches.

  12. Loved the idea, just a tip if you can find spacers to put in the drilled holes, made of steel which would need to be lubed. Or a composite material. This will reduce friction on the wood that could wear it down and draw the parts into one another.

  13. You have a great mind for this type of stuff. I've always enjoyed the same. Have a happy life and thanks for the video.

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