How to Make a Fid for Splicing Rope

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A fid is a pointed wooden implement used to spread the strands of a piece of fibre line in the course of "working" that line. The strands might be spread in the course of an inspection of the line, in the course of splicing two lines together, or in the course of turning an eye splice into one or both ends of the line. Although a fid isn't always required, it is particularly helpful when working with hard-laid nylon line.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Broom or mop handle
  • Saw
  • Work table
  • Belt sander

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a measuring tape to measure a 2-ft. piece of broom handle. Cut the handle with a saw.

  2. 2

    Place a belt sander on your work table so that the sanding belt hangs over the edge of the table. This placement will allow you to move the broom handle as required while using the table to steady the sander.

  3. 3

    Turn on the sander and hold one end of the broom handle to the sanding belt, turning the broom handle against the moving sanding belt to form a pointed, cone-shaped end on the broom handle.

Tips and warnings

  • The largest diameter of the fid should equal the diameter of the line being "worked."
  • This project involves power tool use. Appropriate caution is advised.

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