Make a Wood Carrier That's a Cinch




Introduction: Make a Wood Carrier That's a Cinch

About: Pay it Forward. You Get what you Give.

Make this simple, effective, and low cost wood carrier.  You only need two materials.  The picture probably tells you everything you need - but I am posting detailed steps and comments.

Traditional wood carriers take more materials and also do not take advantage of the cinching mechanism.  This works a bit like a dog "choke chain."  If you pull hard on one of those collars they slide to a tighter position.  The same thing will apply here.  The heavier the load of wood, the tighter the rope will bind.

NOTE:  For ease of illustration, the drawing has some significant visual exaggerations.
The pipe in the hand is the same dimension as the pipe down below near the wood cinch.
It's just easier to see the parts with the extremes presented this way...

Step 1: What You Need.

This instructable does not require much! 
2 feet of PVC
12 feet of rope

Tape Measure

Sandpaper to smooth sharp PVC edges.
Lighter to melt end of vinyl rope (if appropriate)

Step 2: Cutting and Drilling.

The PVC pipe I used is schedule 40 - I believe it was 1.25 inches diameter.
The rope I used was some excess I had laying around the garage.

Cut two pieces of PVC pipe one foot long.
Cut two pieces of rope six feet long.
That was easy.

Both of the pipes are drilled the same.
Each pipe will have two holes located two inches from each end.
The holes on a given pipe only go through one wall - not all the way though the other side.

Step 3: Install the Rope Into the PVC.

The rope is held inside each pipe by a single knot.  You can do one of the knots before feeding the rope into the first pipe.  If you get it out of order - you will know - and you can just re-tie it.  (I admit I got it wrong myself).  Ultimately, when your done with the knots, you pull the rope taught and it will look like a double-ended trapeze.

Step 4: Is the "trapeze" Level?

If the "trapeze" is not level, just adjust your knot placement(s).  I did need to adjust mine once.  No big deal.

Step 5: Load Some Wood.

To use the carrier, simply lay it flat with the ropes parallel and extended.
Then stack some logs on it.  In my example, I only have a few loaded.
In practice, I would probably include more logs.

You may notice that the ropes are probably a little too wide for optimum use.
I have them approximately 10" apart here.  You might try them say 8 inches apart.
This would require drilling additional or different holes which are closer together.
Whatever you do, make them centered on your pipe sections.

Step 6: Cinch the Logs and Lift.

Notice how the pipe (held in hand up higher) is snaked through the ropes down below.  Then, the lifting action causes a sliding choke chain movement. 

Step 7: Resulting Load.

So now as you lift the wood load, you only hold one of the two pipes.  The other one is used to cinch the bundle tight.

Step 8: Additional Thoughts.

When initially designing, I repeatedly overestimated needed pipe lengths.
Fortunately, I could just cut them shorter and no harm done!

Might consider drilling multiple holes in each of the two pipes.
For example, 3 holes spread out near each end - would look a little like a flute.
This would allow of easily changing the natural width of the ropes as they bundle wood.
Sometimes you may want them closer together etc...

Might consider putting some sort of subtle "keeper" mechanism on end of each pipe.
This would help keep the rope from slipping off the end of the pipe.
Could use "O" rings, rubber bands, pvc fitting etc...
I believe a significantly large flange would not be optimal.

Another Adjustable Method.
Originally, I made this with a quick adjust mechanism.  However, after more review, I simplified.
The adjustment mechanism is shown in the photo.  Each pipe had one end with one hole.
But the other end had the same hole PLUS an open groove/slot to slide rope in.
Quick adjustment to the effective length of the ropes was made via strategically place knots in the ropes.
The knot closest to the end of the rope gave you the longest effective length.
You could then quickly reduce the effective length by moving to the second knot etc...
May be easier to understand by looking at the picture...

If you have any suggestions - I'm always eager to learn something!
-  Bob Z

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4 years ago

I have been hauling wood from the wood pile into the house for over 20 years and this is by far and away the best carrier I have ever used. Thank you.


4 years ago

this is great, thanks for putting it together. I'm not using it for wood, I made a backyard movie screen out of EMT conduit and need a smarter way to carry and store the 10' lengths.


5 years ago

You know what else makes a bad ass wood carrier ----- one of those big blue IKEA bags. Costs 50 cents.


5 years ago

Great idea! Worth adding to my head, displacing some of the clutter

Can I suggest a small improvement. Instead of the knot you use as a stopper, use a figure of eight knot. It holds better in the hole and is easier to undo (doesn't jam). Just start the knot as normal but before feeding the end of the rope through the loop bring it round to the next side. The knot will look like an 8. See



8 years ago on Introduction

Great idea! I plan to make one. But I want the rope extra long and secure it with a slip knot so I can adjust for different bundle size.


8 years ago on Introduction

Good instructable, they need to make a one picture instructables section for a well made picture/drawing that explains the whole project in one step like this one.


9 years ago on Introduction

Can also be made as makeshift-version:
- Replace the PVC with smaller logs/branches
- Dont drill into, but tie around the PVC/branch
This way, you theoretically only have to carry the 2 small ropes on your journeys :)

But nice instructable! Gave moe some ideas for my next hike and the wood-collecting-problems... :)


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction


Good idea - nice insight that you could pull this off with just the rope...

On instructables, I really like learning things that maximize the benefit per unit of input. I think your idea might be even better with this equation. :)