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