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Bamboo Paracord Jig with Storage & Monkey Fist Jig

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Bamboo is great natural material. It's strong, lightweight, and very versatile. When thinking about making a paracord jig, bamboo seemed the perfect choice. My goal was to design a paracord jig which was light and portable, included storage for cord, tools & hardware, and one which could handle a variety of projects. This instructable will show you how to turn a piece of bamboo into a lightweight paracord jig.

 
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Step 1: Materials You'll Need

Here's a list of the materials I used in building the jig. Some items, such as carbon fiber, are optional or can be substituted if you have other materials. I would not go below a 2" diameter culm as storage will be reduced and this seems a nice size for handling. Alternatively you could make this jig out of PVC pipe or a cardboard tube with a few modifications.

2"+ diameter bamboo culm around 48" long

Propane torch, bandsaw, drill, scissors, tape measure, sharpie, knife, bic lighter, sandpaper, drill press, 5/16" & 3/16" brad point drill bits, 1/4" drill bit, painter's tape, 2 1/4" hole saw

6 feet paracord and 2 barrel locks

Carbon fiber +/- to reinforce bamboo

Epoxy resin and/or casting resin - cups and scale for mixing

Vaseline or other mold release agent

Two 5/16" x 3" all thread or completely threaded bolts

Two 5/16" eye screws x 3" long

Four 1/4" x 6" hex bolts

One 1/4" x 8" eye bolt

One 5/16" hex nut

Two 1/4" fender washers

Five 1/4" x 2 1/2" hex bolts

One 5/16" fender washer, 1/4" x 1 1/2" carriage bolt, 1/4" washer and wing nut.

Scrap wood - I used 1/4" fiber board and 3/4" plywood pieces

Scrap piece of rubber matting

Spar urethane varnish

mluttrell3 days ago
Great idea. Thx.
The compartmented bamboo with a shoulder strap (paracord of course) would make a nice Tackle Box.
gman472 months ago
can you use wood
kentdvm (author)  gman472 months ago
Most people make their jigs out of wood and you could make a similar jig if you made a long skinny box. That would allow you to have compartments for storage. Good luck!
rlagill5 months ago

very nice bit of work! Well done! And an interesting combination of natural (bamboo) and high-tech (carbon fibre) materials.

Deepblu5055 months ago

Very nice will have to cut me some bamboo and make one of these . Thanks for sharing that.

technokaur5 months ago
Thanks so much!
I made a jig back a few months ago and I love using it
technokaur5 months ago
Really like the guide but i was wondering if you could suggest where to get the bamboo from i have another project in mind involving large diameter bamboo, thanks in advance:)
kentdvm (author)  technokaur5 months ago

I have purchased bamboo locally (GA) and also on eBay. Unfortunately the eBay seller does not currently have any listings. Depending on where you live there may be a bamboo nursery in your area. If not, here's BambooWeb's links page where you can hopefully find a seller. http://www.bambooweb.info/Links.php

Good luck!

nice jig man
kentdvm (author)  Paracordaholic5 months ago
Thanks!