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Forum topic by Dallas posted 07-13-2014 06:19 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dallas

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07-13-2014 06:19 PM

I bought a 50’ chunk of 3/4” Poly/Dacron rope today to make some tow ropes for our tractors. Mostly lifting and pulling large branches that have fallen from trees on the property.
The rope is rated at 1150 lbs. load strength, 11,800 tensile strength. It will never see that much, although if the loop is done right it is useable for a snap strap to pull pickups and campers out of the mud when they sink in places they shouldn’t be.

I went to get my old fid, (a sailors tool to make splices in lines), and it was not where it was suppose to be.
I looked all over the shop, all over the house, in the car, in the storage shed, in the rented storage… it’s GONE!!!

SO, I would be interested in paying someone to turn one for me, no finish needed and only a rough turning. I will do the rest of the finishing.

Any takers? I can post a picture of what a fid looks like to give you an idea but I don’t have the size specs.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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diverlloyd

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 06:54 PM

So you are doing eye splices,very nice to see that it isn’t a lost art yet. Wish I could turn a couple for you but I can not. Case knives made a nice rope knife with a polished marlin spike which I use for splices. Sorry I can’t be of more help but good luck and maybe I can talk my wife into buying me a lathe one day.

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Dallas

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 07:05 PM

I have worked with rope since I was born. My dad was a sailor and loved the sea, My grand parents on my mom’s side were ranchers in Idaho. We also used horses and mules in the woods in Idaho and Montana.

When I was 12 to 14 years old I worked for the Double Diamond ranch and my job was what is called ‘riding fence.’ I would spend 6 to 12 weeks every summer, alone, riding horse back, following the fences on 15,000 acres of barbed wire fence and repairing it when needed.
I wouldn’t see another person normally until I moved to the next line shack to use as my base when they would bring groceries, news, mail and orders on where I was suppose to go next.

All that time I would practice working with ropes and lines. Some of my practicing is probably still hanging in some of those cabins where I cut off what I accomplished and nailed it to the cabin wall.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 07:07 PM

Dallas

How soon do you need it. My wife is finishing up painting the garage and putting up shelves and I could do it in 2 weeks. What is the length of it.
Of course it is free.
If the time limit is OK just send me your info by PM

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 07:22 PM

I’d can do it.

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Dallas

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 07:26 PM

Arlin,

I don’t need it too fast, I am still using the old ropes, at least until they break.

The length should be around 10” to 12” and the width is mostly what is aesthetically pleasing from the picture.

I will happily pay for this because I use these a lot.

I will contact you via PM in a bit. Thanks!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dallas

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 09:28 PM

Thanks Bondo, Arlin is going to turn it for me as soon as I get him some info.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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diverlloyd

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 10:28 PM

It’s a good skill to have. I was taught it in college and whenever I’m at work and eye splice or really any other knot than a half hitch it’s like some magic happened.

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Dallas

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#8 posted 07-13-2014 10:54 PM

I’m certain there are several real sailors on this board, not just those that buy pre-made lines and go out for a spin in the Chris-Craft.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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