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My humble method of making strops for blocks

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There has been recently many methods shown to make strops around small blocks. When rigging the guns for my Le Cerf I needed a big number of small 3 mm double blocks. For making strops around these  I made this simple fixture, which fullfilled it`s task quite reasonably.


First a simple construction was made of a piece of scrap wood and 2 mm plywood.  Small pieces of 1 mm and 0,6 mm iron wire were glued into the bottom of the jig, and grooves were sawn with jeweler`s saw into the plywood walls:




Pieces of 0,15 mm thread were put into the first grooves, and blocks were positioned to the jig so that the 0,6 mm wire was put through one hole of the block:20170610_120921.thumb.jpg.d973f04e47da012317443e01b150873a.jpg



Then small pieces of 0,6 mm rigging thread were placed into the second grooves:




And then it was rotated around the block and then around the 1 mm iron wire:



And now it remained only to make a small knot between the block and the 1 mm loop using the thinner thread, and attach small blops of diluted PVA glue into both ends of the block. After the glue had dried, ends of threads were cut as near as possible of the block.....



..... and blocks were ready......



......and used for rigging the guns:




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Many thanks for sharing this Moxis,

good looking block stropping job...



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