How to Make a Knot Tying Demo Board

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How to Make a Knot Tying Demo Board
Knot boards demonstrate knots with practical applications. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Knot-tying is one of the many useful skills that Boy Scouts are taught as they progress through the Scout program and earn merit badges. When showing mastery of knot-tying, a knot demonstration board allows you to display all of your knots in a manner where the knots remain loose, for clear display, without coming undone. In addition to showing that you know how to tie the required knots, a demonstration board also allows your peers to learn how knots are tied by seeing your examples.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Poster board
  • Dowels
  • Saw
  • Cord
  • Super glue

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  1. 1

    Cut dowels to the desired length for your demonstration board. The dowels need to be only long enough to support the knots or hitches being tied around them.

  2. 2

    Lay out where you want each knot to be on the poster board without securing the knots in place.

  3. 3

    Label the board over where each knot will be placed, identifying what the knot is.

  4. 4

    Tie the knots you will be demonstrating, but do not pull them tight. A loose knot is easier to follow to determine how it was tied.

  5. 5

    Use laces in different colours when performing a knot that requires more than one rope or cord. The different colours will clearly show which section of the knot belongs to each cord.

  6. 6

    Secure the cords to the poster board with a layer of super glue along the backs of the cords, or to the dowels the cords are tied around for hitches that require a dowel for demonstration.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to include the knots requested by your Troop Leader to ensure you earn full credit. For assistance with how to tie a knot, consult the Animated Knots Database online.

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