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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas

    fid anyone?

    I had planned to wait until I made several of these before posting the item. But with a shop so cold my toes are freezing and falling off, I'll do it now.
    This hot pad was sent by my son and his family from Australia. It is really as much an Australian wood sampler as it is a tourist item. But, it is a neat idea. Pads of any size could be made with this technique. And, one could use scrap wood. The manila rope is cheap too. I think this would be a neat gift item and would sell at craft fairs or whatever.
    However, I saw immediately that trying to push a frayed end of rope through the hole could be problematic. I knew there were tools for rope making and started Googling. Came up with fids, just the thing for this project. But most were a little expensive, in the $10.00 each range. Then I found this:

    And under $2.00 for a set of three is real reasonable. However this is a wholesale source and a minimum of nine must be ordered at a time.
    So, here is an idea. If you want a set, PM me. When I get at least eight requests I'll order then send to you. Shipping will be split evenly and mailing costs from me to you will be charged. I'll make nothing on the project, just cover my expenses.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Tightly tape the rope, cut in the middle of the tape, it will stay on and keep from fraying. Otherwise how about dipping the end of the rope into melted/melting wax?
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Tightly tape the rope, cut in the middle of the tape, it will stay on and keep from fraying. Otherwise how about dipping the end of the rope into melted/melting wax?
    I'm wondering if the wax or tape could be a problem if you're using it as a hot pad....I think a whipping knot would be a better idea....
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Dennison, MN
    taping it would be the cheapest/easiest. I usually use electrical tape. Just remove it when you get it fished through. Leave it long on the ends then cut it once fished through. You could also use a to keep the ends from fraying.

    Depending on the diameter of the line, and the hole, you can make a fid easy enough yourself. Google hollow fid, and just make your own out of whatever. I've used a Bic pen body to splice lines before, and that's a whole lot less complicated than what you're doing. I'd bet a piece of copper pipe would be in the range of what you need, and easy to work.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Whip the ends. It takes only a few minutes and they will look good. I do that to all my rope.
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  6. #6
    I have used fids to back braid boat ropes, many times, problem I see is that they require a larger hole than you want to hold the rope secure. I would rather go with Karl's tape suggestion. Just saying...

  7. #7
    Heat shrink tubes.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inoxidable wire, loctite, lacre, and of course weaving itself back as sailors do.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Hi --- Especially to Toni,

    I don't think I have thought of weaving a rope end back into itself since WWII. We had a name for the process. However, I'll be darned if I can remember it.

    We also wove back to make "Eyes" on the end of a line (rope to land lubbers).



    p.s. Still lovin' that plane Toni.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Orem, Utah
    I found cool links for the "short splice" and the "eye splice" ... but not for the "back splice".
    Last edited by Kerry Burton; 01-23-2011 at 07:10 AM.


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