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Paracord Bracelet Fixture/Jig

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This tutorial will show how to make a paracord bracelet fixture that can be used with or without side release buckles. As I began making more bracelets it became readily apparent that I needed to build a fixture for this purpose. I looked at several designs that were being used and decided to create my own version. When I decided to make the fixture, these were the objectives I wanted to achieve:

- It had to be simple to use
- It must be portable for traveling & camping
- It must be easy to make
- Must be inexpensive

I accomplished the objectives and decided to share my design. I was able to make this fixture in about an hour for under $12. It is adjustable from 3 to 12 inches.
 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

Tools needed:
- Drill & drill bits
- Saw
- Screwdriver(s)
- sandpaper (optional)
- counter-sink drill bit (optional)

Materials list:
Quantity    Part Description (Approx Cost)
     2         ¼” x 1 ¼” flat head bolts ($ 0.20)
     1         ¼” wing nut ($ 0.10)
     1         ¼“ screw protector cap ($ 0.25)
     4         2 ¼” wood screws ($ 0.99)
     1         angle divisor - also called angle divider ($ 7.99)
     2         ½” cable clamps ($ 0.20)
     1         5mm x 10mm pan head machine screw ($ 0.19)
     1         size 8 x ½” screw ($ 0.08)
     1         5mm hex nut ($ 0.19)
   36”        1” x 4” standard grade board ($ 0.74)
     1         3/8” side release buckle ($ 0.40)
     1         5/8” side release buckle ($ 0.44)

         Total $ 11.77

wow, this is great.

It lends itself to other applications.

Thanks for posting

Wink795 months ago
Be careful with the plastic clamps that hold the buckles. If you like your bracelets to be very tight for a great finished look, the plastic clamps flex easily and will throw the size off.
mpowell1210 months ago
i went into menards today and picked up most of the stuff. THe only thing that we couldnt find was the cable clamp. what section would that be in?
MacGyver9 (author)  mpowell1210 months ago
The cable clamps are usually located in the aisle with electrical & cable TV parts. Menards usually hang's them on a wall display/rack. They come in small pack's of 10, 25, etc., and are used to secure TV/satellite cables to walls during installation. Just mention cable clamps for satellite cable installation to one of their floor employees and they should be able to take you directly to them.
0322white11 months ago
Do you still happen to have any left for sale?
MacGyver9 (author)  0322white11 months ago
I have an extra one that I recently made for the local scouts. For more information see email I just sent you.
jtay451 year ago
You don't make and sell these, do you?
MacGyver9 (author)  jtay451 year ago
I made a few of these for my wife to sell at her craft shows and several that I sold to others who requested them. My wife still has two left.

These sell locally fairly quick. Due to the weight and size, it costs about $10 or $11 to ship to most locations in the US, so many people who have asked have decided to make their own to save the shipping costs.
$10-$11 is nothing, people really declined?
Gregbot1 year ago
excellent! Thank YOU!
Gregbot1 year ago
excellent! Thank YOU!
This is fantastic! Exactly the type of design I was looking for. I live in a small town with a small hardware...hopefully they will have everything, I'm building this today!
MacGyver9 (author)  SimpleDiversity1 year ago
The most difficult item will probably be the angle-divisor. I got most of the hardware from Menards (local hardware store). The angle-divisor in particular is much lower in cost than I've seen advertised elsewhere. @smblock mentioned he/she ordered from Menards for $7.99 (shipping $2.50) if that helps. Here is a link: http://www.menards.com/main/search.html?search=angle+divisor
Well done. I plan to make one for my cub scouts to use. Or better yet, I'll have the boys make the jig too!
where did u buy all of the materials for so cheap? I checked lowes and home depot. please reply ANYBODY!
MacGyver9 (author)  paracordist1 year ago
I got most of the hardware from Menards (local store). The angle divisor in particular is much lower in cost than I've seen advertised elsewhere. @smblock mentioned he/she ordered from Menards for $7.99 (shipping $2.50) if that helps. Here is a link: http://www.menards.com/main/search.html?search=angle+divisor
do you sell these? you should if you don't. I would buy one for sure.
apperrault1 year ago
Dude, I know what I am doing this weekend (or at least when I can find the angle divider and buckles locally. :-)
WVSundown1 year ago
Presently, I'm using a clipboard with a graph paper scale taped to the board. It's working fine for now, but I can definitely see the need for a better jig. Thanks for the informative 'ible!!
billbob221 year ago
I have tremers and have a hard time doing some things. Is it possible to purchase one of these from the person who designed it?
MacGyver9 (author)  billbob221 year ago
Reply was sent via Instructibles email...
smblock2 years ago
Thanks for the 'ible, this is the first 'ible that I have actually reproduced. exactly what I was looking for, compact, cheap, simple, and easy to use. I used mostly scraps of what I had left over (this is where cheap comes in), I didn't have a menards nearby, but shipping was only 2.50, it is the last peice i am waiting on. can't wait to use it. Thanks again for the awesome 'ible.
engelnicht2 years ago
Very clean work! I'll be making one of these shortly.
Lavon932 years ago
Menard's...$7.99 for the angle divisor. Just picked one up while on a work trip in Burlington.

Thanks for the great instructional. I'll be making one of these when I get home!
while2 years ago
Where did you find the Angle divisor for $7.99? I have looked everywhere... With no luck..I would love to do this.. but just cant find one less than like $23....


Thanks for the post it looks great.. I will make one... just a matter of finding the angle devisor or something to replace it with.....
MacGyver9 (author)  while2 years ago
I'm lucky enough that I have a Menards store nearby, so I can pick them up for that price locally. Here is a link to their online store: http://www.menards.com/main/search.html?search=angle+divisor

Good luck!
stew682 years ago
Just resently made one for me....great idea Thanks for sharing..
wlinn712 years ago
Made my world a lot easier when it came to braiding, thanks for sharing the idea! I build one myself in about 30 minutes and it works great.
bonnerb582 years ago
On your sizing chart, are the numbers in the center and on the right the amount of cord that is needed for each bracelet?
MacGyver9 (author)  bonnerb582 years ago
The numbers in the chart indicate where to position the slotted bar in order to get the respective bracelet size (wrist size) for the two different buckle sizes I used (3/8ths and 5/8ths side release buckles).

When tying knots there are lots of variables that influence the fit of a bracelet. How tight the knots are tied, the type of paracord used, the type of knot tied, etc. A jig has several purposes. The main purpose is to ensure the distance between the buckle ends does not change while the bracelet is being tied, thus making it much easier to make bracelets for each size. Another purpose is to be able to make new bracelet sizes correctly the first time rather than do a lot of trial-and-error retying.

The length of cord to use for a bracelet depends on too many variables to accurately state a length. Most people will provide their best estimate when they demonstrate a particular knot, but since individuals tie knots differently it is still only an estimate. Hope this helps!
dman072 years ago
Thank you for sharing your ideas, another project on my to do list
I have been experimenting with a more simplistic idea, but I really like your design and am putting this on my list of projects to try. Thanks for an excellent tutorial.
Great job, and very nice jig!
benbar122 years ago
Wow very creative! (I voted five stars.)
ninja423 years ago
Brilliant!
triumphman3 years ago
Can I just make some aluminum bars and etch my own numbers onto them? I have scrounged an armful of flat aluminum stock a few years ago and have been making cool things ever since. One thing I made is window plant shelf brackets for my home as the windows don't have any shelf space or any way to place plants in a sunny window. Unless I open the windows, which is awkward and a bother to open and close every day in bad or hot weather. I have cut, drilled, polished, bent, the stock bars and made numerous things throughout the years. Just this week, I made a nice bracket for my brother's pancake compressor. The top is plastic and it spread apart at the seam, where you pick it up. I clamped it back together, made a bracket, and used nuts and bolts to hold it in place. It will never come apart again! When I return it he will be pleasantly surprised. I'm always fixing and improving stuff. It is what I do! Thanks for your 'ible! Just what I needed for my paracord projects. I was using a board and a screw in hook !
MacGyver9 (author)  triumphman3 years ago
"Can I just make some aluminum bars and etch my own numbers onto them?" Certainly. When I first designed the fixture/jig I chose the angle divisor to make the project quick & easy to finish - it had the long slotted bar, numbers were already etched on the bar, was in-expensive, durable and easy to take apart and re-use.

Making your own slotted bar and etching your own numbers shouldn't cause any problems. You can still use the same methodology to create your sizing table. Good luck!
dimdiode3 years ago
I like it, I've been mulling over something like this for a while. Yours ought to provoke me to get off my butt and make one! thanks,
putipa3 years ago
cool been tryin to come up with one i will make this soon thank you!!
ChrysN3 years ago
Cool jig!
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