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Ropewalk (and serving machine)

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Last October a thread started by Derek (Worldway) in this section of the forum gave me the final nudge to get started on making my own ropewalk. 

I have previously built a serving machine and decided to try and use similar construction techniques such as using acrylic for the main structure and modified Lego gears for the mechanism.

Here are some pictures of this earlier project:











The Ropewalk:


Clear acrylic components were built up to make wheels and pulleys. Small holes around the rims aid alignment using the brass pins recovered from the first planking on my HMS Victory - I knew there would be a reason to keep them!



The Lego gears had their centers machined out and replaced by acrylic hubs. These have a square hole in the center through which 5/32" square brass tube is pushed. This tube, after a little filing, slides firmly into 6mm O/D brass tube axles which in turn fit into the ball races press fitted into the various support plates.




The track is in sections each about a meter long, which slot together.

I decided to try and use one motor to drive the end that twists the individual strands and a second one to twist these strands together.





The control box provides separate on/off switches, variable speed control and finally a switch to reverse the direction of rotation.



The motors were initially powered by batteries but I have now replaced these with a 6 volt power supply.


The 'Top' which guides the strands is mounted on an acrylic truck. This is fitted with the three stand top in the photo but there is also a four stand top.






These four strand gear plates are easily fitted in place of the three strand gear drive.




In use the strand twisting end is fixed to the track but the other end that twists these together to produce the final rope is free to slide along the track as the twisting process reduces the length of the rope. I'm still getting to grips with the best way to operate this device and need to experiment more with types of yarn, motor speeds etc. Early attempts are encouraging however..........



















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