I wanted to make a rope mat so i googled how to make one. There were plenty of templates to draw to show where the rope cross and such, and using nails on a board to hold it in place while you get it started.  I decided to make a peg board loom that would allow for making different sizes of mats with various numbers of Leads and Bights.  The pegs are glued in place on the left and top side. The bottom and right side are left open to allow for free placement of the pegs to set the desired size.

Here is the main link I looked at to figure out how this works and gave me the inspiration for the peg board.
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Step 1: Draw the grid

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I used a 2x4 foot piece of pegboard for this project.
Using a sharpie I drew a diamond grid that teh rope will follow while creating a mat.
In order to fit larger size rope as well as small I made the diamond grid 3 holes on each side.
I drew a border around the outside to remind myself to leave room for screws and such.

Step 2: Draw the Cross overs

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Draw thick rectangles at alternating 45 degree angles at each cross section of the diamond grid.
This shows where the rope will either cross over itself or under itself as the weave is created.

Step 3: Mark moveable peg lines

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When creating smaller sized mats the moveable pegs will be placed along the lines as shown in respect to the fixed pegs.

Step 4: Board backing.

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Use a solid piece of board for the backing to keep pegs from falling through, use some of the outside holes to bolt on the backing board.

Step 5: Glue the pegs

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I made the pegs by cutting 1/4" dowel rods into 32 - 2" pegs.
16 of those pegs will be glued and 16 will be loose.
Glue the pegs on the left and top side at the apex of each diamond.

The other 16 pegs can be stored in the holes along the top when not in use.

Thats pretty much it for the loom. You are now ready to start playing.
robbadooz11 months ago
ecardinal12 months ago
Very nice! I have a thick dowel (a section of staircase handrail) with headless nails for doing turk's head knots, but you have given me some great ideas for improving it. Thanks!
shanbop1112 months ago
Very nice tutorial and very nice mat. Well done!
kevgrn114 (author)  shanbop1112 months ago
Thank you!
Jayefuu12 months ago
Oh this is perfect! I was just thinking about making a rope mat, I made one before with a retired rope I had but the prospect of doing it again was daunting. This makes it look much easier!
kevgrn114 (author)  Jayefuu12 months ago
Thanks, It is much easier with this board. The initial first pass layout is the hard part which is what this helps with most. Everything else is following the first pass and tightening it up.
This is so fancy! I'd love to know the finished size too! Would this work on a larger scale? Or would it make more sense to make a bunch this size and attach them together?
kevgrn114 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick12 months ago
Thank you! This finished size is 8"x18" . The finished size depends on the size of rope you use, and how many passes you make.
Jayefuu kevgrn11412 months ago
What diameter was the glow in the dark rope you used? I have a 50 mm long 8 mm thick climbing rope that can't be used for climbing anymore.
kevgrn114 (author)  Jayefuu12 months ago
The glow in the dark rope is 1/4" The nice thing about this board is you can scale it down to work with almost any length of rope you have. At the very least you could make a coaster. :-)
A lot of people are using old climbing rope for these types of projects.
Alderin12 months ago
Very cool! Makes me think I might be able to make my logo into a jewelry piece.

The 'tightening' process is what stopped me before, metal isn't quite as forgiving of being worked around corners as is rope. :-)
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arghc Alderin12 months ago
If you're anywhere near where he's touring, try to sign up for a class with Loren Damewood ( If you're not anywhere near, you can order a DVD and a jig. He is mostly about tying knots in precious metal wire. I highly recommend his classes and your logo looks like it would be fairly straightforward to do...
kevgrn114 (author)  Alderin12 months ago
That would be some tedious work for sure! Go for it! and good luck!
GracieLea12 months ago
This would make a great, durable rug for my front porch on a little larger scale! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the instructions and pics!
kevgrn114 (author)  GracieLea12 months ago
It looks like if you use 1/2" line with 4 passes and do the full board you will get a pretty big mat. 3 passes should be about a welcome mat size.
crazyndhed0312 months ago
Great idea! I have tried some of the Turks Head knots, and failed miserably (mostly trying to tie them in hand). This great because it keeps you on track visually too.
kevgrn114 (author) 12 months ago
This is the next one I did, 4 bight by 6 lead using 1/2" rope, 4 passes. About 15x8"
This thing certainly makes it easy to get going!
Lorddrake12 months ago
beautiful work. what size is your finished mat?
kevgrn114 (author)  Lorddrake12 months ago
Roughly 8x18.