How to Braid Multiple Ropes to Make a Single Rope

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How to Braid Multiple Ropes to Make a Single Rope
You can make rope more durable by braiding it together. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Rope is a versatile and utilitarian item that has been constructed for thousands of years out of different fibres, such as hemp, cotton, flax and wool. If you are interested in making your own homemade rope, you can do so by twisting together fibres into long rope cording. Once the thin rope has been constructed, you can braid multiple ropes together to make a strong, heavy-duty rope that rivals that of a rope found in a home improvement store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Metal clamps
  • Vice grip

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clamp each end of four thin rope strands into individual metal clamps. Use an industrial metal clamps that will not slip off of the ropes.

  2. 2

    Place the other ends of the thin ropes into a vice grip. Clamp the vice grip onto a table top, and twist the grip until the rope are pressed tightly in between. Make sure that the ropes are lined up evenly in the vice grip.

  3. 3

    Twist the two ropes on the right side in opposite directions, twisting the farthest right rope clockwise and the other rope counter-clockwise. Wrap the twisted ropes together, which will cause them to become tightly intertwined. Clamp the ends into a single metal clamp.

  4. 4

    Twist the two ropes on the left side in opposite directions, twisting the farthest left rope counter-clockwise and the other rope clockwise. Wrap the twisted ropes together, which will cause them to become tightly intertwined. Clamp the ends into a single metal clamp.

  5. 5

    Wind the newly-twisted two ropes in opposite directions, as before. Wind the right rope in a clockwise direction and the left rope in a counter-clockwise direction. When you wind the two ropes together, the will become tightly intertwined int a single thick rope. You can now remove all of the clamps and remove the rope from the vice grip.

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