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Make a plywood carabiner

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

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It’s not strong enough for climbing, but you can use this simple wooden clip to secure your stuff.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 3″ carabiner
  • 3⁄8″ birch plywood
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 1⁄4″ drill bit
  • Coping saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • Wood finish of your choice

WHAT YOU’LL DO

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1. Place a real carabiner on the plywood and trace around the inside and outside edges with a pencil. If the edge of the plywood is cut clean and has a straight side, you may want to position the carabiner in a way that makes use of the plywood’s edge (see image for step 3).

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2. Drill a 1/4″ starter hole against the inside pencil line. The starter hole is necessary so you insert the coping saw saw blade.

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3. Use the coping saw to cut out the inside of the carabiner first, then the outside.

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4. Cut the carabiner opening.

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5. Sand smooth, and apply the wood finish of your choice. Let dry, and apply the water-based polyurethane.

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6. Your wooden carabiner is complete. Spread the opening to attach items to the carabiner. Although birch plywood is strong and can be bent, it’s still not a good idea to open the carabiner too much. There is always a chance it could break.

Note: Not to be used for climbing or safety.


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