3/8" sisal rope
1/2" sisal rope
1" x 6" x 18" board (new lumber, salvaged or rough cut) For a 3 knot board.
1" x 10" x 18" board (new lumber, salvaged or rough cut) For a 5-6 knot board.
1" wire nails
Light brown string-not thread
Picture hanging materials
2 screw eyes
picture hanger wire
Varnish or stain and cleanup materials (optional)
3/8" wooden dowel
3/8" drill bit
Rasp or sanding block
Pen or marker
Step 1: Preparing the Wood and Learning to Whip a Rope
Stain or varnish, if you want, and let dry completely.
Since you will whip the cut end of each end piece of rope you use, this is the time to learn how to do it. Refer to this site to learn how: http://www.arklowseascouts.ie/resources/whipping.pdf
Attach the 1/2" rope around the perimeter of the board. To start, position the whipped end at the middle of the lower edge of the board and attach it using a wire nail. Drive the nail through the rope and tap the head so that it is just hidden. Continue attaching the rope around the outside edge of the board, using nails every 3-4". Use nails closer at the corners. Stop nailing just after making the 4th corner. Determine how much more rope will be needed to just reach the middle starting point. Mark the rope. Whip the rope on both sides of the mark and then cut it cleanly at the mark using a sharp knife. (I find whipping twice and then cutting is easier than cutting and then whipping. Your choice.) Start back at the corner and finish nailing the rope into place.
Step 2: Lots of Knots
Using the 3/8" rope, tie a sample knot just as it would appear on the board. You can combine knots using the same piece of rope. For example, tie a taut line hitch at one end and a bowline at the other. Once you have your knot(s) tied, mark where the end of the rope will be and mark it. Whip it and cut cleanly.
Physically or mentally lay out the locations of the knots. Mark the board where any dowel pegs will be located. With every thing in mind or recorded as a sketch, remove the knots and drill the holes for the pegs. Glue them into place and let dry completely.
Step 3: Finishing Up
Sign and date the back.
Install two screw eyes in the back of the board. Position them above the midline, about 2" from the ends of the board. Securely attach the picture hanging wire to the screw eyes. Hang the completed knot board over 2 picture hanger hooks.
A knot board might make nice gift for a Scout as they attain their ranks.