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Sunday, July 5, 2020

DIY Yardstick Paracord Jig

Build your own Paracord Jig from a yardstick to help make paracord projects a breeze!

DIY Paracord Jig with Paracord Bracelet

My daughter just got into making paracord bracelets, and was getting frustrated by trying to tie freehanded or with the clips taped to the table. I found a bunch of paracord jigs for sale online, and knew there was some way we could make one. Then I found an amazing trick for making one out of a yardstick - genius! It costs almost nothing to make, and can be completed in an afternoon. The bonus is that my daughter is SO happy using this jig for her paracord projects, and is completed in half the time!!

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DIY Paracord Jig Supplies

To make your own Paracord Jig, you will need these supplies:

cutting yardstick with chop saw

Use a miter saw to cut the yardstick at the 12" mark. Cut another piece from the other finished end to 13" long.

Place the 12" piece on top of the 13" piece and glue the pieces together with the right ends lined up and the 1" step on the left end. Clamp pieces together to hold in place while the glue dries.

Cut pieces of yardstick

From the remaining piece of yardstick, cut three 1" pieces and two 2" pieces. Set aside.

cutting yardstick with bandsaw

Use a bandsaw to cut a 6 1/2" x 1/4" notch out of the right end of the longer pieces.

Notch cut out of paracord jig

For a better view of what I mean, here is the jig with the notch cut out. Start the cut at the 12" mark and cut to about 5 1/2".

Glued Pieces of Paracord Jig

Stack the three 1" pieces on the left end of the jig, glue them together, and clamp in place. Stack the 2" pieces, glue, and hold in place with a clamp until the glue dries.

DIY Paracord Jig Clip Piece

Hook one end of the buckle onto a cable clamp, and then attach the clamp to the left side of the jig on top of the 1" piece stack. Make sure that the edge of the buckle is lined up with the edge of the wood.

paracord jig piece with hole

Attach the other cable clamp with other end of the buckle. My clamp was a little too large, but the end of the buckle should be lined up with the edge of the wood. Drill a 1/4" hole in the center of the wood behind the clamp.

Paracord Jig with Wingnut Piece

Bring the bolt up through the notch from underneath the jig, and put it through the drilled hole in the 2" piece. Screw the wing nut onto the bolt.

DIY Paracord Jig

Loosen the wing nut to easily adjust the jig to make paracord projects from 4 1/2" to 10" long!

*Because of the one buckle sticking out a little far, I just add an inch to project measurements - problem solved!

DIY Paracord Jig with Paracord Bracelet

If you don't want to make one, you can actually buy a finished jig. However, if you want a fun project, we had a blast making this yardstick jig and actually saved a bunch of money doing it ourselves. My daughter has loved having this jig, and it has helped her paracord projects go SO much faster!

**Be sure to stay tuned for some paracord bracelet tutorials!!

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DIY Yardstick Paracord Jig

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