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How to Tie Knots to Bundle Scrap Wood

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Tying knots to secure your bundles of scrap wood is a great way to clean up your workspace and to prevent possible accidents. Tying knots around the bundles also helps you carry the bundles of scrap wood and allows you to store the scrap wood. Scrap wood has many uses and should not be discarded; it can be used to prop up a work in progress, as fire wood or to push other wood through a table saw.

Cut two lengths of nylon rope that are 3 feet long with a pair of scissors. Nylon rope is the best as it does not degrade, is strong, and cheap. Place the two lengths of rope a foot from each other on the ground, laying parallel to each other.

Lay down the scrap wood on top of the two lengths of rope so that the pieces of wood are perpendicular to the rope but parallel to each other. Kneel over the bundle of wood and squeeze together the bottom part with your knees while picking up the ends of the top rope. Pull the ends up and over the bundle of wood, so the wood squeezes together on that end as well.

Slide the right end of the rope over and then under the left end of the rope. Pull the rope tight so that it is flush with the bundle. Then take the left rope end and place it against the right rope. Thread the left rope end around the right rope and through the loop it just created. Pull the rope ends in opposite directions to cinch the rope down.

Scoot back and pull up the ends of the bottom rope without letting the bundle go with your knees. Pull the rope ends up and knot them just as you did with the top piece of rope. Make sure to pull the rope tight and flush so that it securely holds the scrap wood bundle. When done knotting, get up and pull the bundle up by the rope; you can slide your fingers under each rope and use them as handles.

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