Monday, May 20, 2013

Dog leash for a larger dog

One of the guys I work with adopted a dog a few months ago, and I've been meaning to make a leash and finally got around to it this weekend. It was underfed when he adopted it, but he's gotten the dog's weight up over 50 lbs finally.

I didn't use paracord or nice nylon dock line for this one. I picked up some cheap-ass 1/4" utility cord at Tractor Supply a few months ago for $5 for 100 feet, and I bought 300' in red, black, and blue. It's nothing special, and in fact is very difficult to work with, but I figured a dog leash for a large dog would be the perfect application.

I kept it simple: a 4-strand round braid with an eye splice. Aboout 6 feet long. Used a Turk's Head as a decorative cover where the ends of the strands were, but honestly, this is the first time I felt like I did a good enough job of finishing that I could have done without the "dressing". I finally figured out that the trick to splicing with these synthetic-type cords is to remove the inner core - go "gutted" for the strands at the point you start splicing. Lays much neater that way.

Finished dog leash using red and black 1/4" utility cord. About 6 feet long, using a 4-strand round braid finished with an eye splice.

Started the braid by hanging it from a hurricane post on the patio so I could get good leverage  for tight starting knots.

Spot the mistake: I was 3 feet into the braid when I looked back and saw it. In every project, I call this the "Motherfuncker!" point.

Eye splice with a Turk's Head to cover the finished ends of rope.

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