3 Lashing Methods You Can Use To Tie Wood Together

Lashing is one of the many practical ways you can tie things together. Lashing is easy to learn and master even with different techniques.

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3 Surefire Lashing Methods You Should Know About Now

1. Shear lashing method

Do you need to tie two poles at their tips? A shear lashing is the best option because it is strong enough to support the weight and is ideal for structures like an A-frame or the legs of a sawhorse.

Memory: Start with the bars parallel to each other when tying a shear lashing. Once the cordage is complete, you can separate the loosened ends of the poles to create the basic A-frame structure.


  1. Make a clove around a rod first before continuing with the first wrap around both rods.
  2. Next, do six full wraps that should be your first frap after
  3. After that, do the second frap so that you have two fraps between your poles
  4. Lastly, do another clove coupling to secure your loose lash end. Next, separate the untied portion of your bar so that you can easily end your lashing.

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2. Diagonal lashing method

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Use diagonal lashing when you need to tie or tie two bars diagonally. It prevents the rods from turning or twisting within a lashing.

As the name suggests, in this type of lashing, the bars are diagonal to the ground or to the load they are supposed to carry.


  1. Start here with a wooden coupler on the top log
  2. Next, tighten the wooden clutch and hold the string in place to prepare for the first winding
  3. Now wrap over the bars for the first time
  4. Make two more turns to have three and align your string with your fist
  5. Next, complete your three fraps, making sure to walk between the bars to tighten the rope onto yourself
  6. Finally, finish the frapping and finish the binding with a clove clutch

3. Square lashing method

A close up view of the Square Whip Lashing SS

On the other hand, square lashing is used to tie rods or logs at right angles. It is therefore ideal for items that are used at right angles to the floor.


  1. While holding your bars at right angles, make a clove clutch at the bottom of the standing bar.
  2. Next, start the first wrapping over both bars
  3. Now continue until you have three full wraps around your bars
  4. Here, line up your lashes so that they line up with the first frap
  5. Now complete your first frapping. Make sure you tighten the wraps you already made instead of the bars.
  6. Lastly, complete two more fraps to make three and make another clove clutch to keep your loose cord end in place

Pro tips

  • Lashing has a wide range of uses and is a great way to build without nails
  • Understanding the different knot styles will make it easier for you to tie rods

Watch this video from Ultimate Boy Scout to learn how to tie the square lashing straps:.

Let’s go prepper. Whipping is priceless for anyone outdoors. Fortunately, we have three ways you can do it. As with anything else, it just takes a little practice and the right cordage and you are good to go.

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