How to Make Strong Ropes

What if your plane crashes in the middle of nowhere and you have to make a rope to tie a tent up or something related to that? Having the skill to make ropes is a great skill to have.


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    Make cordage. A cordage is two or more bundles of fibers twisted in a manner that makes them grip against each other and stay together forming a twined length of rope. The twisting in the line increases the strength you can get out the fibers because all of the individual strands are being supported by each other's integrity in trying not to break. With this aspect you can take small fibers of anything be it grass, bark, napkins, shirts, plants, vines, plastic bags, and make rope out of them as long or thick as you want.
    • Make a bundle of fiber that is half the desired thickness of the finished product.
    • Grip the bundle with two hands. Your hands should be between 6 inches (15 cm) and 1 foot (30 cm) apart, and 1/3 of the way from the ends of the bundle.
    • Twist the bundle clockwise with both hands until it is wound tight.
    • Bring your hands together and keep twisting. A kink should form in the bundle. Continue until there are 2 or 3 layers on the kink.
    • Attach the end to something that can rotate and continue twisting. Alternatively, attach it to something solid and twist it yourself.
    • Use both hands to twist each loose end of the cordage clockwise. In addition, twist them around each other. The right side should over and the left side under. Continue until you run out of cord to twist.
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    Splice multiple cords together. Rope splicing in rope-work is the forming of a semi-permanent joint between two ropes or two parts of the same rope by partly untwisting and then interweaving their strands. Splices can be used to form a stopper at the end of a line, to form a loop or an eye in a rope, or for joining two ropes together.
    • Begin your chord off center. This way, one side will run out of fiber before the other.
    • Prepare another chord when the short side gets about 3 inches (7 cm) from the end. The end of the new chord should be tapered for about 4 inches.
    • Lay the new chord parallel to the other one. Make sure it's sticking out about 1 inch from the "Y" shape made by the two sides of the original chord.
    • Continue twisting as before. If there are bits of fiber sticking up where the overlap is, you can cut or burn them off when the rope is complete.


  • Make these right or if you try these out you could get hurt in some way.


  • May cause serious injuries if misused

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