This project goes over the build of a Homemade rope-making machine using a simple cordless power drill and some inexpensive materials that are sourced from the local hardware store.
STEP 1 : MATERIALS REQUIRED
Here are the materials needed for this project:
Three-quarter inch by five-inch eye bolts with hex nuts
Plastic Castor Wheels
two by two and one by six by six-piece of lumber
Old bicycle tire tubes
STEP 2 : MAKING THE TWIN BOARDS
Take the board and cut it to the length of seven and a half inches take the first piece and double it over the second one and cut them together so that they are exactly the same length. Then I took a piece of two by two and cut it eight and a half inches long.
STEP 3: ADDING THE WASHERS
Take large fender washers and position them on the board forming a triangle, you want to do it in such a way that when you add your two by two to the top as well as the bottom, it has similar spacing at the top and the bottom. Put the two boards together, mark the centers and drill the holes.
STEP 4 : SPINNING HOOKS
The next step is to build the metal spinning hooks. These spinning hooks are going to be made out of eyebolts which are used as a hook to put the strings on. We take 3 plastic castor wheels and use them as a pulley, connect them together with a small piece of bicycle tire tube so that when one is spun, all three of them would spin together.
We take the 3 eyebolts and push them through the hole and secure them tightly with a small cut washer and hex nut. It is locked in place but should spin freely. Put with wheels through the bolts and secure them using fender washers, cut washers, and nuts.
STEP 5 : OLD TIRE TUBE PULLEY
Take an old used tire tube piece and line it up between the two washers and cut up a piece that is roughly about the same distance as that gap. We loop the tube over the pulley all at once. The Second board is pushed through the bolts over the wheel pulleys. Make sure everything is lined up symmetrically. When we turn one bolt, the belt drives the other two pulleys and they all spin together.
STEP 6 : ADDING SUPPORT
As we are running the hook spinner, we are going to need something to hold it at the other end, To make the other end of the mechanism that holds the strings in place, we take a six-inch piece of common board and eight and a half inches of our two by twos on the bottom to secure it as a base and them we clamp it over a table.
The idea is that as each hook begins to spin, the two cords attached to it will intertwine with each other. And then eventually all three of those cords will mesh together to make a nice three-stranded rope.
STEP 7 : ADJUSTING THE TENSION
As the strands are twisted, it creates tension on the backboard. To relieve the tension, we drill a hole through the backboard and tie the rope to another counterweight rope through a swivel hook that pulls the tension and allows it to rise as the cord is pulled.
STEP 8 : ADDING A ROPE MAKER
We also make a ropemakers top that will help guide those strands into the beautiful three-strand cord. We add two ropes between the spinner mechanism as guidelines and connect them to the backboard to accommodate the rope makers’ top. The idea is that as the tension builds it will glide forward and guide the individual strands into place to form a three-stranded rope.
We sandpaper the holes on the rope maker’s top to make it smoother so that the lines won’t snag up when they start twisting. We put a wooden knob on the back to reduce the friction so that the rope makers’ top can slide smoothly.
Loop the cords through each of the three hooks on our rope maker machine. Form a slipknot and connect it to the swivel hook. We have our rope machine build complete.
To tie and cut of the rope, take a small piece of electrical tape and wrap it around the end where you want to cut it off. Cut The Rope at the back just where the electrical tape ends.
Image Credits : TKOR