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#1 Lauber1 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:08 PM

One of the other things i do here, is make rope. I have machines of the early part of the 20th century made of cast iron mostly, some of wood and iron, that do the job nicely. i also have a pair of machines that made braids, and can cloth cover a wire.  Recently i was invited to come show off the makings at an 1800's event. The only problem was that my stuff is to new. So after some researching and talking with other rope poeples, i decided to built a machine, more like what might have been found back in that day. Very few of these machines are let and no photo's were made until almost the middle of the century, so im going to wing it a little.

 

By luck i had some big, walnut timbers left, still in there rough cut stage. After lying all the parts out on the living room floor, a came up with a plan.  I got a good start on the building today..

 

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Im using a lawn mower drive wheel and gears to run the hooks, and hopefully i can hid that part, as i dont want any modern looking things to apppear.  Should be ready to test it out next weekend, after i get the hooks and small parts do up.


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Fascinating.  I have a book that tells how the old shipyards in England made rope out of hemp.  I love the old way of doing things.

 

Do you cloth cover wires for people? 

 

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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:29 PM

interesting. You should make a video of it in action.



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:34 PM

Cool! All of the machines like that I've see started with baler twine. What do you do without twine?



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:51 PM

Cool! All of the machines like that I've see started with baler twine. What do you do without twine?

 

Because the of the politics of hemp, we are not allowed to grow any in the US. It would have been the first chioce for this time period. Manila is hard to get, so the folks that host the historical things allow you to use binder or baler twine, witch is made of sisle. What you cant do is made rope out of plastic twine, or even the yarn, i use at most of the farm shows. Other than the plain ropes, i can make up hammock ends, and i use the ropes to thread up rope beds, and chairs.


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:57 PM

Do you cloth cover wires for people? 

 

Ben W.

 

I can cloth cover wires for spark plugs, or sometimes i do a wire for the battery side of a hit miss engine, in 12ga. Most of the time i dont have the right colors in the machine to do the ones thier looking for. It takes a while to rethread a machine to get a certain color. My machines hold about 350yds of thread on each of there 16 or 17 bobbins.  Right now the hollow braider is set with red, white, and blue thread. But i suppose if i had enough people wanting a certain color, i could load up and run out a few hundred feet of covered something.


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Posted March 24, 2013 - 08:11 PM

Thanks Lauber for the info. about rope, this is something all new to me, guess someone has to do it and why not you.

 

 

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Posted March 24, 2013 - 08:32 PM

That is awesome. I too love seeing the old way of doing things. I have never seen a rope machine in action. Thanks for sharing this with us and good luck on your project :thumbs:



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 08:34 PM

Hmmm...I met a gentleman at a tractor show a few years back, he had a booth making rope demonstrations.

Very interesting demo...perhaps it was you.



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 08:51 PM

I can cloth cover wires for spark plugs, or sometimes i do a wire for the battery side of a hit miss engine, in 12ga. Most of the time i dont have the right colors in the machine to do the ones thier looking for. It takes a while to rethread a machine to get a certain color. My machines hold about 350yds of thread on each of there 16 or 17 bobbins.  Right now the hollow braider is set with red, white, and blue thread. But i suppose if i had enough people wanting a certain color, i could load up and run out a few hundred feet of covered something.

 

I'll keep you in mind if/when I get enough requests.  Specialty cloth wire is hard to find.  But if you are going to do an antique restoration, there's nothing like cloth wire for authenticity.  It makes all the difference!

 

Thanks for sharing about your machine.  I'll second the request for videos of it in action!

 

Ben W.



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 09:30 PM

Many thanks for the pics.  Brought back some fond memories of making some rope in ag class. We used baler twine at that time.



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 09:41 PM

Check out some of the Boy Scout rope making machines in the Pioneering Merit Badge Books.  



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Posted March 24, 2013 - 11:28 PM

Good Luck Jeff, I can't wait to see it up and running making rope. Can you make a video of it working for us?



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Posted March 27, 2013 - 10:49 AM

ok a few more pictures of the progress this week. Maybe a video could be made when i get it all working. Just about ready to do the final assembling of the parts.

 

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Posted March 27, 2013 - 11:14 AM

Very interesting.  I agree, a video would be really cool.  Looks great so far.






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