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Came up with, and made a simple as pie wood jig for cutting the Figure 8 Aluminum Descenders for frames.

I traced the Descender' s shape on a 1x4 pine board, with the end of the board being where I wanted to cut the forks to length.
I then cut the shape out on my scroll saw, making it a good, snug fit.

Utilizing the screw clamping jig on the bandsaw table, I was able to clamp tightly, squeezing the board in, to make a nice, even cut across both forks at one time......worked perfectly.

I'm sure this could also be done with a regular vise and a hacksaw, as I'm sure most don't have a metal cutting bandsaw....and I don't either, but work does.

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That's a great looking jig.
Better than my spring clamps on a WorkMate, for sure!
But my hacksaw is much quieter, Darrell!
LOL!
LOL, not so sure Ray, this JET saw is fairly quite, but it works great.

I have a few more Descenders coming in, and will do ONE with vise and hacksaw just for the experience and exercise, lol.

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I just bought a Descender in Gray to do exactly what you did ... nice job, looking forward to it being completed and a look ?

You going to shoot flats or tubes with it ?

wll
If I try to tap and tab it Wll, I will do tubes, but if not, gonna groove around each fork with a chainsaw file and put flats on.

Their is another style descender with more squarish top I'd like to get and try to, but they are a good bit more costly.
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Brilliant!
Hey Robert, question for the para cord expert if I may?

If I drill a hole in each corner of the milled out recess in the middle of the descender handle, can I essentially wrap the handle and the bottom round piece of the handle with para cord, somehow incorporating and leaving a lanyard at the bottom that's integral to the handle wrap ?

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I just bought a Descender in Gray to do exactly what you did ... nice job, looking forward to it being completed and a look ?

You going to shoot flats or tubes with it ?

wll
If I try to tap and tab it Wll, I will do tubes, but if not, gonna groove around each fork with a chainsaw file and put flats on.

Their is another style descender with more squarish top I'd like to get and try to, but they are a good bit more costly.
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Wow its like it was meant to be a slingshot!
 

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I just bought a Descender in Gray to do exactly what you did ... nice job, looking forward to it being completed and a look ?

You going to shoot flats or tubes with it ?

wll
If I try to tap and tab it Wll, I will do tubes, but if not, gonna groove around each fork with a chainsaw file and put flats on.

Their is another style descender with more squarish top I'd like to get and try to, but they are a good bit more costly.
4af6f20d88d4c5cba6ef8e39455815f1.jpg

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Wow its like it was meant to be a slingshot!
Yep, don't it though.
I just can't decide if the grip will be as comfy as the rounded Figure 8 Descenders are.....what cha think by looking at the pic ?

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Brilliant!
Hey Robert, question for the para cord expert if I may?

If I drill a hole in each corner of the milled out recess in the middle of the descender handle, can I essentially wrap the handle and the bottom round piece of the handle with para cord, somehow incorporating and leaving a lanyard at the bottom that's integral to the handle wrap ?

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You can indeed, you can also do it with out drilling the holes. I will get it together in my head and type it out to post as soon as I get it worked out. :)
 
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Brilliant!
Hey Robert, question for the para cord expert if I may?

If I drill a hole in each corner of the milled out recess in the middle of the descender handle, can I essentially wrap the handle and the bottom round piece of the handle with para cord, somehow incorporating and leaving a lanyard at the bottom that's integral to the handle wrap ?

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You can indeed, you can also do it with out drilling the holes. I will get it together in my head and type it out to post as soon as I get it worked out. :)
Great, thank you Sir....I knew if anyone would know, you would

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I have it figured out in my head, now let's see of I can communicate my thoughts :)

Starting at the base of the forks I would use a western country whipping knot:
I would continue this till I get to the ring. At that point I would wrap one strand of paracord clockwise and one anticlockwise around the ring. When they meet at the bottom I'd tie them with a knot of your choice, I prefer to use a constrictor knot in each strand (tied around the frame) so I don't have to worry about slipping. Then you tie off the rest to the length you like for your lanyard. I like a diamond knot to finish <a>things:
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I hope this makes sense, if you have any questions or need clarification please let me know and I will do my best to clear things up for you:)
 
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I have it figured out in my head, now let's see of I can communicate my thoughts :)

Starting at the base of the forks I would use a western country whipping knot:
I would continue this till I get to the ring. At that point I would wrap one strand of paracord clockwise and one anticlockwise around the ring. When they meet at the bottom I'd tie them with a knot of your choice, I prefer to use a constrictor knot in each strand (tied around the frame) so I don't have to worry about slipping. Then you tie off the rest to the length you like for your lanyard. I like a diamond knot to finish things:

I hope this makes sense, if you have any questions or need clarification please let me know and I will do my best to clear things up for you:)
Very appreciative of your digging that up Robert, and I will give that a go soon......waiting on a handful of these in different colors to come in from over the big pond

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Darrell that's slick as a whistle. It might even help hold it straight while drilling and tapping it for tabs.
You're always thinkin.
Well, never been accused of that Joe, lol....but thanks.

I was just trying to come up with a way to cut both forks at once, thereby keeping the cuts flush and even, and figured if I used plain old Pine, it would be springy enough to squeeze down tight while in the clamp or vise, and it did work great for me, so definitely wanted to share that idea.

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