Traditionally, a knotting board is a large display of the knots a Scout can make. Being large, they became unpopular.

Now, though, spend a few minutes with card, wire and a cigar tin, and you can have a pocket-sized display fit to earn any Cub or Scout that bit extra credit towards a badge.

(You could consider this to be eight Instructables in one, since will also learn how to tie seven different knots. How's that for value?)

Step 1: What you need.

  • Most small tins will do for this project, but the best tins are those flat, conveniently pocket-sized tins that hold a handful of slim cigars*.
  • Odd lengths of electrical wire. Mains wire is good for this as it gives you a choice of colours, enabling you to tell one part of a knot from another.
  • Wire cutters.
  • A piece of stiff card.
  • Superglue.
  • Fine pen for labelling knots.
  • Optional: paints to disguise the carcinogenic origins of the tin.

*Please remember, folks, all forms of tobacco are very, very bad for you. I in no way condone smoking, but I have a friend who does smoke, and he lets me have his empty tins in exchange for me shutting up about what he is doing to his health.
Really love it plan to build one some day also good idea with the wire
<p>Cool, post pictures when you do.</p>
I've been in Scouting for about 15 years and never heard this referred to as a &quot;Scout Knot&quot;. As a matter of fact, the Boy Scout handbook calls this a square knot. The US Army FM 5-125, Rigging Techniques, Procedures, and Applications calls this knot a square knot (p. 2-7). I'm curious about your use of the &quot;Scout Knot&quot; nomenclature. Care to share the etymology with us? <br> Great tutorial. I love using the wire to make the knots. The running ends really stand out that way, and you don't have to worry about them moving while you take the pictures. I'm going to employ this technique with our knot board. <br>~Kevin~
It's the knot used on our World Badge.
But still, In the last three editions of the scout handbook, that I know of, it is referred to as the square knot. Your statement of &quot;It is known (incorrectly) as a &quot;square knot&quot; in the US.&quot; is false. It's like trying to say Gasoline is known as (incorrectly) as petrol in the UK.
Might I point out that the &lt;em&gt;British&lt;/em&gt; Scouting Association is the &lt;em&gt;original&lt;/em&gt; (and inclusive) Scouting Association?
That's great, but, the British call things differently than us Yanks. I could make a long list of things that the British call &quot;incorrectly&quot; but I won't. They're just different terms, not incorrect. <br> <br>I mean, just because we calls things differently doesn't mean they're incorrect, just different.
Thank you.
That is a very nice way to show- and remember- how to make those knots. <br> <br>When I was a kid, I remember an Uncel telling me how to remember the bowline like this: <br>[Rope held out in front of you, verticle] <br>Make a loop. <br>Think of the loop as a hole beneath a tree. <br>A rabbit comes out of the hole, <br>The rabbit goes around the three, <br>The rabbit goes back into the hole, <br>Voila, a bowline!
On the Bowline, when I was a ScoutMaster in Las Cruces NM, I was fooling around with a piece of rope. I tied a slip knot and stuck the loose end through and slipped the knot and Voila, a Bowline. I showed this to another SM and we went round and round about whether it was a Boline or not. Fast forward 10 years I was SM in another town, I was looking through a knot book and ran across the very same knot. It is called an Eskimo Bowline.
there are 4 types of &quot;Bowlines&quot; but 2 classes! the bowline, the left handed bowline AKA: The Dutch Marine Bowline, The Cowboy Bowline, the Working end of the knot is on the outside of the look where as the working end of the Bowline is on the inside of the loop, all fall in the first class, let us call normal. The second class is harder to explain. the last loop(bright) ties around the working end and not around the standing end of the rope, thus again you will have two versions of this knot, one with the working end inside of the main loop and the other outside of the main loop. here is a link:<br> <br> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskimo_bowline&nbsp;
It's amazing the number of knots there are. It sometimes seems that almost any tangle of string has a nautical name...
One of my Scout leaders called it a &quot;Cat's Eye Knot&quot; or something like that before but that might be because I didn't tie it with a loop I tied it with a piece of rope on a pole.
I tie the &quot;Reef Knot&quot; (in quotes because I'm in the BSA and I know it as a Square Knot) this way. I find it faster and easier to do behind my back (to show off) in competitions.
didn't bear grylls demonstrate this but he cut the center so it will seperate with slack?
bear grylls used it but cut it.. he used the rope tied off to a tree to rappel down a cliff. BUT, he did not want to just lose the rope, so; he tied a sheep shank and cut the center cord, that way when there was tension, it would hold, but when slack, it would come apart, so the cut allowed him to pull most of the rope down with him.<br>
It unfastens with slack anyway - cutting it just wastes rope.
Isn't this just a clove hitch formed outside of the anchoring object?
Its a clove hitch with an overhand knot under the crossing. Much more secure and it only becomes tighter as it is worked.
Not quite - look at the cross-overs of the finished knot.
I like this. It is easyer to cary than that big bord. I added a taunt line and two half hiches
Cool. Got a picture?
I like your idea of a reference box rather than book :-)<br/>Something felt wrong when I saw the sheet bend, so I looked it up on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheet_bend">wikipedia</a>Wikipedia. I think it's backward, making it much less secure. The loose ends shound both be sticking out on the same side. <br/>
Greetings beserk (and Kiteman). I know this is an extremely belated reply but I've only just discovered this 'ible due to Kiteman's recent entry into the paracord contest.<br /> The sheet bend is not &quot;much less secure&quot; for having the tails on opposite sides of the knot unless you are using the ropes at close to their maximum load.<br /> If used to join a line to a tarp or something similar it makes no difference as the tarp will rip before the rope breaks. If joining a small rope to a larger one for the purpose of &nbsp;hauling or securing the larger rope, no difference as the load is not great. If slippage is a problem then use a double bend and/or a stop knot in the tail.<br /> When a knot or bend is placed in a rope the load capacity of the rope is significantly reduced at the point of the knot or bend (by about 20 to 50 percent depending on&nbsp;it's complexity), and even more so if they are incorrectly tied.<br /> The lines need to be aligned for maximum strength and not offset&nbsp;around the area of the knot or bend,&nbsp;because when a load is applied the knot or bend will twist as the ropes pull into&nbsp;line, severely weakening this area.&nbsp;This problem is eliminated&nbsp;by having the tails on the same side.&nbsp; For uses that have little or no load such as Kiteman's contest entry, tail orientation doesn't matter.
It works either way. When used properly, the red line is much thicker than the yellow line, and the tension that locks the cross-over in the yellow part of the knot is provided by the stiffness of the red line.
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/A-pocket-full-of-knots./">this is kinda of cool but you should of mentions altoids tins they rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</a><br/>
Simple reason: I didn't have an Altoids tin (they're not so common in the UK).
That's weird, since the curiously strong altoids claim to hail from England! Hmm, want to buy one from me off ebay? :D
Oh, they may be English, but they're more often sold in corner shops than supermarkets (for no reason I can see), and then only in the better-stocked shops. Far more popular are Polos and gum.
Don't forget Fisherman's Friend!
That's weird. It's exactly the opposite here-supermarkets are lousy with them, but the little stores? Forget it.
Not so common... meaning they are found in places? Where would you find them in the UK? I haven't found them anywhere. ZZZZ
In &quot;corner&quot; sweet shops, and I <em>think</em> I've seen them in either Tescos or Morrisons.<br/><br/>M&amp;S have a similar product, except I think their tins are green.<br/>
I've come across the Marks and Sparks ones - they are not all there cracked up to be. ZZZZ
Nice!! Well Done! Is there a boy scout program in the uk? Is it affiliated with the US scouts? Just wondering, thanks
<em>Splutter!</em><br/><br/>The Scouting movement was <em>invented</em> here, one hundred and one years ago.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/history/">As early as 1908 Scouting was starting in many of the British outposts of the Empire. After a trip to South America, Scouting started in Chile, and it was already crossing the channel into Europe. The big step across the Atlantic, and into the United States came more by chance. In 1909, an American business man, William Boyce, was lost in the fog of London, when a small boy approached him, and offered to take him to his hotel. Once there, the boy refused any offer of money for the service, saying that it was his good turn as a Boy Scout. Joyce was intrigued by this and tracked down B-P. before he left London to discover more of this. When he got back to the U.S.A. he went about setting up the Boy Scouts of America. By 1918, its numbers had risen to 300,000, and had reached the million mark before the end of the twenties.</a><br/>
Oh! My bad, I didn't know that. Very Interested!! Are you a scout master ?
Cub Leader - my pack name is <em>Mang - the bat who brings the night</em>.<br/>
Cool! So are cubs the younger group?
Nearly - there are now <em>Beavers</em> as well (age 6-8), then <em>Cubs</em> (8-10.5), <em>Scouts</em> (10.5 - 14), <em>Explorers</em> (14-18), then <em>Network</em> up to about 25.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.scouts.org.uk/">http://www.scouts.org.uk/</a><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/">http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/</a><br/>
Cool, I am not a scout. In america they won't let anyone with parents that are homosexual join and my parents don't believe thats cool so they won't let me join. (There not gay btw)
??!!?? As far as I'm aware, that is not the case. Such discrimination may, in fact, be illegal over here.
Opps, my bad got my facts wrong. It is against scout leader/masters and scouts them selves but most gay parents wouldn't let there kids join. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sovo.com/2004/9-24/arts/homefront/home.cfm">Here</a> is an article on someone experience w/ this problem. <br/>
Good grief. That's appalling.<br/><br/>Over here, all leaders and most parents have a &quot;CRB&quot; check - that is, their criminal background is examined to check suitability for access to children. <br/><br/>Sexual offences can restrict access to minors, financial irregularities can restrict access to group funds etc.<br/><br/>None of the questions in the check refer to the applicant's sexuality.<br/><br/>I am pretty sure, in fact, that discrimination like that you linked to is in contravention of the <em>European Convention of Human Rights</em>, and the <em>International declaration of Human Rights</em> as well.<br/><br/><sub>&quot;Land of the free&quot;?</sub><br/>
It is actually pretty bad. What happened is back in the 1990's there were gay Scout leaders and Scouts. Then a gay scout leader wanted to include something to teach the scouts about sexuality and he got shot down, he claimed it was because he was gay that they refused.<br /> <br /> But people agreed that lessons on sex/sexuality isn't a part of the scouting program so they went along with this. Then slowly this debate started about 'morally straight' in the scout law applying to sexuality. Then they announced that a troop could choose to not accept a gay scout leader. Then this became policy and the council (local and national) members who found this unacceptable stopped participating at that level. So you only had the people who were ok with the prejudice and now they exclude gay leaders altogether and also exclude openly gay scouts.<br /> <br /> It is just a mess that snowballed out of control, and now a lot of the government agencies that used to help the scouts for free have to charge them because of anti-discrimination laws.<br /> <br /> So the end effect is that scouting in the USA&nbsp;is suffering a lot because of these weird rules that never existed before, and anyone who would have done anything about it gradually became exhausted with the organization and left it.<br /> <br /> I was in the BSA&nbsp;and became and Eagle Scout and it's really sad to see this sort of nonsense undermine what is otherwise a really great organization.<br /> <br /> <br />
No Joke about the "land of the free". That saying has lost all of its meaning it should be "Land of the free, if you are Caucasian and heterosexual"
No, it should be, "Land of the free, if you are caucasian and heterosexual, with a penis...
"Land of the free, if you are caucasian and heterosexual, with a penis, and not poor or migrant..."
this could go on for ages. haha onion is hilarious :)

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