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    Default Soft shackles

    soft shackle
    The shackles that I make are not in the "fancy work" category but they are functional and easy to make. An Overhand knot at one end pushes through and slides along a loop at the other. Useful for securing items or hanging items from hooks or a belt





    making rope with a hand drill



    Skip to step four for shackle making procedure
    Last edited by asemery; 06-12-2018 at 02:00 PM.

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    Default Re: Soft shackles

    Judging by the colours it appears you're decorating for Christmas in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    Judging by the colours it appears you're decorating for Christmas in July.
    I just used whatever yarns I had on hand. It was pure, luck that the longer piece was a perfect fit for a patio umbrella that had lost its velcro strap. Color was a good fit as well

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    It would be cool if you would do a how-to thread. This is a how to forum!

    Kevin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    It would be cool if you would do a how-to thread. This is a how to forum!

    Kevin
    There is a link just under the photos

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    Default Re: Soft shackles

    Taking advice here I use a soft shackle for attaching my two jibs to the sheets on my dory skiff -- only had it come undone once in 10+ years of active sailing.
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    Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.

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    Default Re: Soft shackles

    Using this simple cardboard jig I made a very tight four strand braid soft shackle






    Here is how I did it


    4 strand braiding jig

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    Soft shackles are pretty dang handy. If I tie several in a row they seem to go together without problem. However, I have to consult the directions if there's been a significant hiatus. For me the L-36 website is very informative. http://l-36.com/soft_shackles.php?menu=4
    I've been using dyneema in 1/8", 5/32" and 3/16" (3,4 and 5mm). The line has tensile strengths of 2,500, 4,000 and 5,400 lbs. respectively. It is estimated that a dyneema shackle has around 175% of the strength of the line used. The calculating chart on the L-36 site is a nice tool for varying the line diameter and length of the shackle. For me the construction has 2 components, the body and the diamond knot. I find a D-splicer to be the best fid especially for the really thin line. The diamond knot has to be quite tight. Dyneema is slippery stuff and this knot needs to be tight. A tight knot should sound like a wood bead when it is rapped on a table. A lanyard knot is pretty similar to a diamond knot. You can see it on the snap shackle.



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    +1 for the L-36 site and soft shackle designs/instructions.

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