To the left is one of the rope machines I've made.  I made it using
the same plans that I sell.  This machine is made entirely out of
beech wood.  It has a large base that can be clamped to any table
or bench and it has a handle that makes it very easy to carry.  The
hooks and other metal pieces were purchased at a local hardware
store.

I used this machine to make 40 feet of 1" rope and have very few
problems with the machine.  The biggest problem I encountered
was the machine wanted to spin backwards when I stopped the
machine to move the needle ahead.

Click
here to see a short video of the rope machine in action.    
The finished rope looks like this.  I used nylon baling twine for this rope.
 Its possible to make 10 feet of rope in 15 minutes.
Rope making supplies
This is what you will need to make the best rope. Nylon bailing twine holds
bails of hay together nicely and works great for making rope.  Each bundle
weighs about 25 pounds and contains about 10,000 feet of twine.   Click the
image to link to tractor supply company.  They should be able to give you
pricing and they have a pretty good store locater
.
If you would like to make a more traditional looking rope use sisal twine.  
Sisal isn't as easy to work with as nylon but it makes a better looking rope.
The down side of using sisal is that it is biodegradable and not UV resistant.
If you decide to use sisal take care of your rope.  Click the image to link to
tractor supply company.  They should be able to give you pricing and they
have a pretty good store locater.
If 10,000 feet is to much twine you can buy a lesser amount.  Click the
image to link to the home depot. When you get there do a search for twine.
This will get you a price on sisal twine and help you locate a store near you.
Sisal isn't as easy to work with as nylon but it makes a better looking rope.
The down side of using sisal is that it is biodegradable and not UV resistant.
If you decide to use sisal take care of your rope.
Crawford 2250 ft. Sisal Binder Twine
Making long ropes
Eventually you will want to make long ropes. I dont recommend making
long ropes by yourself.  A minimum of three people should help with a long
rope. One person at each end of the rope and person to adjust the needle.

Click on the image to get a large view of a long rope being made. This
picture shows 300 feet of 1/2" rope being made. Long ropes are made just
like short ropes except for the the supports used to hold up the rope.  These
supports are placed every thirty feet.  when using them to make rope make
sure that the rope  turns freely over them. If left unmonitored the twist in
the rope will be next to the rope machine and not spread evenly throughout
the rope.
This print shows how to make the rope walk supports.  The pieces are
design to fit over small steel electric fence posts. Feel free to change
them to fit different posts.  This is a simple design
Click the image to link to Tractor Supply Company.  These are the
fence posts the supports are designed to fit over. Before you order 200
of these post just to make rope you should know that they will not work
in cement.
This print shows the assembly of the rope support and electric fence
post.
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