I hope this instructable helps those who wish to make their own jig for making paracord items. I made this jig with wood that I had laying around to handle three different size buckles and two pins. It can make up to an 18" bracelet, collar, key fob, etc.
My wood working skills are mediocre at best, and I was limited on my time to complete the jig, so I apologize in advance that I do not have pictures of every single step. But I believe I may have enough to help you through making a jig of your own!
The first two buckles are your common 3/8 and 1" buckles, The third buckle is a whistle/scrapper/flint rod buckle that I ordered off line. I also added in two pins that are roughly 2.5" long, 1/4" diameter.
Step 1: Materials
For this project, this is a list of materials you will need. Depending on what you are working with, and what you have access to, this list may vary a little.
- Wood. My original jig was made from wood that came from a dresser drawer.
- Clamps. They come in handy during this project.
- Tape measure or ruler. Using correct measurements, and drawing straights lines that later will be cut is important if you want your jig to operate nice and smoothly.
- Screws. Depending on the wood you are working with, the diameter and length of your screws will vary here. You could use nails instead if you prefer. I chose screws since there is less chance of my jig pulling apart as I move it around, use it, or if it gets kicked or dropped by anyone.
- Drill with Philips screw bit and drill bits. You will need at least two drill bits; a 1/4" drill bit, and another drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws you will be using.
- Cotter less Hitch Pins. These I plan to use to make key fobs, buckle less bracelets, etc.
- Corner braces, picture hangers. I used these to secure my buckles to the wood. You can also use plastic or metal wire clamps, small pins, or whatever else you have on hand that will securely hold the buckles in place.