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.

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

<p>would be nice a video the functioning</p>
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:)
<p>I sell Bamboo .www.TimberBambooNursery.com</p><p>also on ebay kudzusports4u</p>
<p>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. <a href="http://www.bambooweb.info/Links.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.bambooweb.info/Links.php</a></p><p>Good luck!</p>
Great idea. Thx.<br>The compartmented bamboo with a shoulder strap (paracord of course) would make a nice Tackle Box.
can you use wood
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!
<p>very nice bit of work! Well done! And an interesting combination of natural (bamboo) and high-tech (carbon fibre) materials.</p>
<p>Very nice will have to cut me some bamboo and make one of these . Thanks for sharing that.</p>
Thanks so much!
I made a jig back a few months ago and I love using it
nice jig man

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