Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Paracord Jig

I found it difficult and frustrating when I first started paracording. The frustration happened when I was trying to learn to knot and the paracord would get in the way. Not only are you trying to learn something new, but a chaos of cord, kids, cats, and phone calls would occur.  I would have to set everything aside, take care of a few things and would return to my project to ask, "Where was I?"

This is where the paracord jig saves time and frustration of losing your place or concentration. When I bought the jig, I didn't have the resources at the time to make a jig myself. So, I decided to scour the internet and find one. I found one on eBay.  It seemed reasonable and took it upon myself to purchase it. The maker/seller has good intentions but has a lack of knowledge of how to attach wood properly.

I enjoy watching home improvement shows. My favorite two improvement shows are "Holmes on Homes" and "Holmes Inspection." Mike Holmes is one of my heroes. He has a saying, "Glue it and screw it!"  The maker/seller of this the paracord jig that I purchased did not glue it and definitely did not screw it. The jig arrived warped and I decided to tear the new jig apart. I glued the pieces of wood back together and used galvanized screws to hold the wood together until the glue dried.

The jig allows a person to have control of the paracord and to help keep track of where one left off. I would also suggest to newcomers that they should make modifications to it like I did to help make it efficient and suitable for their needs. I added a few more latches for buckles and changed the location of the ruler. I am now able to get an accurate measurement for paracord bracelets.

If you are daring and would like to make a jig yourself, here are a few links to check first:

unique ropecraft
lumber jock

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