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Making rope
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Lazy Al    Posted 03-13-2003 at 09:30:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put a picture in the galley of the rope making machine I just made yesterday and tried out today ,It even worked .
I seen one like it over to the ole steam engine show so started looking for old push lawn mowers last summer , bought five before I finally got two with the same number of teeth on
the little gear .
Laid out three holes 120 apart and spot welded some by 1" pipe on some plate stock .Cut some of the mowers shaft up and put hooks on one end and put them thru the pipe and pinned the gear on the other end then mounted one of wheels on them and made a crank out of one of the handle braces and painted it . Did a goolge search and found out
some more info . Seen the little cone and how to string it there . still got a little tweaking to do
but it works . you can make any size rope or kind with it I would think . It was quite simple to make . Just the price of two old push lawn mowers and a piece of flat stock ,
all the ones I see a swap meets are over $100 worn out or broke .

lc    Posted 03-14-2003 at 21:51:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My brother and I made a simple one about 30 years ago out of 2 pieces of 1x2 and 3 pieces of stiff wire. Bent loops in one end of the wires and z bend in the other after inserting through holes drilled evenly spaced in a 1x2. Put the other end of the wires through more even spaced holes in the other 1x2, tied twine to the loops and ran off to a good anchor in the right fashion and twisted ourselves a rope.

DeadCarp    Posted 03-13-2003 at 12:10:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, that should work too! Never saw one like that so thanks Al. I posted a picture of one that we used indoors years ago. It has a twister that slides down over the back of a chair, and a slingshot that gathers & packs the twisting rope as it squirts out the far end. Takes 2 people to operate though, start with long twines cuz you lose about half when twisting. You can rub the hairs off the new rope by sawing it around a tree with rough bark. Make nice lead ropes, halters and stuff :)

bbob    Posted 03-13-2003 at 11:23:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Al what is the ratio of twine to foot of rope. I have two of these and have never made a long rope only just enough to show grandkids how.Never really had a bawl of twine but have a part of one out of baler now so might try if tyhere is enough thanks bob

Lazy Al    Posted 03-13-2003 at 17:07:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Today I made my first rope ever , An expert I'm not . It was a project I wanted to get done this winter while we have two feet of snow on the
fields an thought I would share so if any one
wanted to make one they could see one could be made out of some old lawn mowers . What I didn't
think about was that they would have diferent number of teeth on the little gear and I ended up
buying Five to get two with the same number of teeth . I had 9,11 12 and 14 tooth ones . Used the 11 tooth one and it gives me about 6 to 1 which is OK . I got a picture of the cone
off my search so made that too and put a swivel
at the other end hooked to a cable thru a pulley with a weight on it to allow for take up
when you twist it . Which is quite a bit but don't know how much . Just used baler twine today but I'm going to try different twines

Salmoneye    Posted 03-13-2003 at 10:58:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pretty Slick!

What are you useing?



Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-13-2003 at 16:58:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just way too cool, as the grandkids would say. Here you are making a rope machine, and I am still struggling with tieing my shoes.

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