Make All The Rope You Could Ever Want


Guys welcome back today is an exciting day because today is the day that we are making rope with our homemade rope making machine that we made out of very simple materials that I got from my hardware store Hopefully its simple enough that you can make one at home as well, and today I’m going to show you what it can do. I’ve gathered up a number of different materials ranging from cotton yarn to sisal to dazzle twine, I didn’t even know that was a thing. We’re gonna put these things through our rope making machine and see what quality and variations of rope we can make today. And the coolest thing about this setup is theoretically, I should be able to operate it by myself. Let’s see if that’s really the case. So to start off our experiment today, I thought it would be fun to start with some of this polypropylene twisted mason line. Now the line itself says it’s not made for any load bearing applications because one strand by itself really isn’t that strong. But the process of winding weak individual strands into one rope makes these fibers exponentially stronger. Let me show you what I mean. Now the whole idea of building the system the way I did is to automate the process so one person by themself can make rope at home. Now in doing a few experiments preparing for this video today, I came across a few snags that affected the quality of my rope So I’ve made a few adjustments to this system that’ll hopefully address those challenges first thing i did was take a little bit of sandpaper and stand out the individual holds and the rope make some stops to make them a bit smoother that way the lines won’t snag up when they start twisting i also went down to the hardware store and found a little round knob that i put on the back and the idea here is that’s going to reduce the friction so the top can slide a little bit easier when it’s ready to the swivel hooks that i picked up have a tendency to bind and they don’t swivel as much as I wanted them to so I just gave a few shots of wd-40 that’ll hopefully add a little bit of lubrication and get them spinning a bit quicker and I increase the weight of our counterweight by using a larger water bottle so now we’re ready to make some rope and here’s how we get started since I’ve already got these clamps hear what I’m going to do is just tie a quick Slipknot and loop it over one of the tops of the clamps there just to hold it in place and then run the string all the way down to one of the bottom hooks I’m gonna start with the bottom left hook it’s important that this string goes in between these two guidelines and hooks on from the inside to see why in a second now this line can run back loop back around our post and we’re going to do the same thing with the hook on the right side we’re going to make sure the line goes inside the two guide wires up around the hook and pull it tight one more loop around the back post and this time we’re going to go over the top of this unit and we’re going to loop into the top hook and run it back so as easy as that all of our line has been run so now we can disconnect it from the post travel up the line a little bit and we can just form a simple Slipknot that will give us a little loose they’ll connect right into our swivel hook pull that tight and snip off the excess so slippery now from the wd-40 now if you look at the way I design this road-making top here there’s little slits that connect to each of these holes and that’s what these strings can fit up inside and be held in place once they’re in there they’re not going to come out and it’s very important now here’s where it gets fun guys all we have to do is take our slider and push it to the back connect our drill to one of the spare bowls pull the trigger and watch what happen okay so looking at the quality of this robe guys it’s still not what I want it to be and I think that’s because this little ball that I put on the back didn’t actually get pushed it kind of like bypass the ball and created a little not here so we take that ball off I’m going to cut it in half drill in tap a hole so we get kind of a half moon crescent shape stuck on the back hopefully that will help guide it a little bit better than this one did oh don’t tell me that glass oh geez dang it i thought that was plastic so update guys apparently our little knob was made of glass i cannot cut it in half so i’m gonna have to make one out of wood instead it’s only a fail if you give up and stop trying the thing that turned out pretty good for just hacking it together what bumper that has to work I can’t see how it wouldn’t all right we’re trying this again guys but this time we’re using our modified would bumper at the back see if that makes a difference and stuff there we go look at that now watch what happens if I release a little bit of tension on the line here watch it happen to the string all that tension that was trapped in there comes right out and now look at our rope oh my goodness that is professional look at that guy’s so I think our little bumper on the back there made a huge difference it pushed it along look at this right here does that not look like a professional piece of cordage that is absolutely gorgeous there’s a nice piece of three strands rope we just made out of listed mason line now that’s the other stuff is really really strong it can be really fun if not with all the sweet smell of success update guys we have just had some success this worked with a pull the trigger and about 60 seconds of run time we just made ourselves about a four-foot length of rope now this still needs to be tied off and cut but there’s a very easy way to do that now you’re going to need is a little bit of electrical tape a pair of scissors watch this now take a small piece of electrical tape and just wrap it around a few times at the very end of the rope where you want to cut it off then go to the back end of the rope and do the same thing now if your rope has a few imperfections along the first students is that’s pretty normal that’s no big deal just come up to where it starts looking good and wrap your tape there instead this will be the beginning of your finished rope cut the rope at the back just where the electrical tape ends and be prepared because that’s going to release attention and drop your counterweight now simply snip off the other end and you’re finished rope is complete these little bits here you need to get rid of just pull your slider back and they come right off the hook no problem let’s check out what we’ve got nice piece of orange cordage I mean that looks really cool guys that is completely legit and this is one that you can practice time your knocks with and for example very quickly we can make ourselves a little square not cool thing about this knot is just like two loops pull together well it’s pretty cool so great news guys apparently now we can make a rope very quickly and very easily let’s change things up a little bit and have some fun with color now one thing going through my mind is if you put a different color of rope on each one of the strands and they’re wound them together what would the Rope end up looking like let’s try throwing these three colors on and seeing how they turn out and stop I like this system so we just turned three different colors of twine into 13 stranded rope and if you look carefully here you can actually see all the different colors you can see the pattern and you could actually follow the line if you twist it you can see how the color twists up and melds in with the other ones that’s really cool and I think it’s a good example of how the ropes twisted and bind together now the Rope is pretty spin but it’s a lot stronger than the twine itself and theoretically you can make three of these strands quite a bit longer and wind them together to make an even thicker rope as we kind of fun to do we’ve got an orange rope we’ve got a multicolored rope the next question on my mind is what if we took some cotton yarn and put four strands on each foot how that turned out how’s that going to look let’s go find out three that rope looks great that is one hundred percent cotton guys and that looks profesh go fishing now run very very tight I like it just for comparison here’s one i did with two strands to hook and this is the one we did four strands proposed not surprisingly it essentially doubled the size the guys we’ve made rope out of cotton out of swine out of twisted mason line for this last experiment i want to go back to my scouting ruth and try to ISIL now if you look at the package here it says this only has a working load of five pounds which really isn’t that much but you combine these things together in terms of rope and their strengths goes up exponentially the problem with this stuff is it’s got a lot of fibers that stick out usually you need a couple people to help pull the lines apart as you’re making the rope so I went down to a local laundromat and pick up some wire hangers to see if we could make a makeshift spacer to do it all for ax kind of looks like a car cool wow it worked did it guys we single-handedly made a nice length of sie soll rope and this is really nostalgic stuff for me because it takes me back to my Boy Scout days this smell the feel I mean this is the stuff that we used to make and to get all these fibers off the sides we would usually drag this to the flames of fire but in lieu of a fire today I’m going to use my propane torch instead mmm smell brings back memories roads like this still have quite a bit of tension wounding to them so they need to be stretched they need to be beaten they need to be worked over time and they will soften and loosen up and be a little bit more workable you can make ropes a lot longer than this as well just for fun I tried making about 20 foot lengths of rope because that’s as far as I could stretch it across my living room but you could scale this idea and go even longer as long as you had enough spacers in between so the fibers didn’t catch into each other we now have the power to make rope at home and this could virtually be applied to any fibrous material you could use coconut Hut you can use them you could use string you can even use human hair I’ll be an interesting project limit so I hope you guys try this making rope is a lot of fun simple materials a great weekend project so go give it a try thanks for joining me for this project today I’ll be looking for you the next one talk to you then rope like this I feel like we should go build a pirate ship a nice big wooden ship hey guys thanks for watching and remember i’m giving away prizes now on every new video all you have to do to qualify is subscribe to my channel ring the bell and selectively notified when my next videos get really the secret link to my giveaways will be pinned in the comments for the first 12 hours if you like what I’m doing so your support right now by giving this video a big thumbs up and share with a friend I love you back I’ll see you next time

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Reader Comments

  1. Albert Sun

    Rope company: a s**t, whโ€™d we tell him how to make a rope machine?

    Us: weโ€™re never gonna build this.

    P.S. we still love you. Your a legend.

  2. Roman boyd

    Though he was the king he wasnt random

    Rip you will always be remembered as a youtube og and an inspirational man rest in pepperoni

  3. tyty82812 11

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  4. Olen Soifer

    Come on dude! If you are such a handyman, you would absolutely know that ALL of those shapes of lamp finial (which is what you bought) are made of glass. You could tap one with a screw-driver and the resulting sound would be a give-away that its not plastic. If you said something like: "I'd like to cut this in half, but since it is glass, I have to come up with a different solution." But, no, you actually thought is was plastic, when you should have know otherwise? Why is that a problem? Because you're acting like an expert (as opposed to an experimenter), which you obviously aren't. And that ticks me off.

  5. Olen Soifer

    BTW, combining 3 x 5pound test strands together does NOT "exponentially" increase the strength. An exponential increase would be 5 cubed (5x5x5) or 125 pounds breaking strength. In fact, the strength is simply additive (15 pounds) at best, depending upon whether the tension is evenly distributed between all of the fibers. In all likelihood, it is less than 15 pounds because the fibers lose strength when bent…hence, a knot can reduce breaking strength by as much as 50%. On top of that, you should mention that the recommended working load is only 8-15% of the breaking strength.

  6. Some Firefly

    But What if you were to glaze the rope in like.. super glue? or a kind of strong resign before it drys and then spin the rope together and never have it come undone have some a sort of shell to protect it a bit? eh? yeah?

  7. Tux Edo

    ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ด๐“ผ ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต

    ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ต ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ธ๐“ผ…

    ๐“ก.๐“˜.๐“Ÿ.

  8. David Bilec

    if you put 2 spinning spools with cordage on each spool being individual and have 3 of them….then goes through your nub block and the rope collected on its own spool.. you would have a much smaller machine that made very long lenths of rope

  9. Lola Twinkle

    This is AMAZING!! I just made some two ply by hand for a towel ladder Im making and my cat went berserk at all that bouncing string! I could have really done with this. Yo are a VERY clever guy!

  10. Robert Garland

    Oh Em Gee I just discovered his page and I see heโ€™s no longer with us I hope all his videos have been archived I love his work. Rest in peace

  11. NAME S!!!

    I was in Boy Scouts once it is not fun to make knots unless you tripping somebody with them then it is kind of fun except on my boy scout troop was assholes

  12. nathaniel martin

    Wouldnt it be cheaper to just buy the ropes? . Also i didnt know he had passed. He was truly and innovative and creative guy on youtube

  13. Flamethatburns

    You can put heat shrink tubing over the taped ends to keep them from unraveling in hot weather or rain. You can use them for shoe strings for boots as well. You can heat them with a flame or hair dryer.

  14. Mike Hoover

    I worked at a rope factory in Kiowa Ks. make the big blue tow ropes. This is a kind of the way the machine worked except for the single hook also had a motor running it. And someone would hold onto the board running the strands together. Only when we made larger ropes would we have some one stand on are rear maching instead of the added weight.

  15. Jake Baldwin

    So question: what is that after the removal of the tape there on the ends would make it retain its shape? Imagination says a soak in w as ter for a cpl days followed by somehow a short range heat treatment would do the trick yeah

  16. CogitoErgoCogitoSum

    Every rope making tutorial I see on youtube presumes you already have rope… "rope"… i.e. thread, yarn, etc. How do you make these lengthy strands in the first place?

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