A while back, I was cleaning up the mess in my small workshop and I kept finding cable ties all over the place. I had some loose one, some were in half torn plastic bags, some in tool boxes... I could not decide where to store them conveniently. So I stacked them on the bench as I was finding them during my clean up to give my brain some time to figure out the answer. At some point I was holding a piece of scrap PVC piping in my hand and a light went on in my head: The Cable Tie Holder was conceived... since I've made this holder, my cable ties have always been very organized and I can easily pick the right size for my application. I can also visually monitor stock levels.
Ok, it's a simple thing to make, you can figure it out from the intro picture probably. It should take you less than 10 minutes to make it. I did experiment a bit on the best way to assemble the tubes however...
Step 1: What You Need
- some scrap pieces of PVC pipe
- a PVC pipe cutter or a hand saw or anything else that will do the job...
- some Duck tape
- a pair of scissors
- an assortment of cable ties to put in your new creation
PS: if you wonder Duct or Duck tape check http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/duckvsduct.html
Step 2: Cut the Tubes
You may have some/all tubes of the same length to match your needs. Of course, cut as many tubes as you need. In my example I have 4 only.
Step 3: Plan the Assembly
- in a rectangular foot print like I have in my intro picture, 2 or 3 rows deep.
- in a single row like an Andean flute
- in a circle like a Lucky Bamboo, in a way that can stay on a table top.
- other patterns you can think of...
You must plan ahead to make sure the tubes are positioned in an accesible way based on their size.
Step 4: Assembly
Once the tubes are all assembled, you need to plug the bottom part. I have done this with Duck tape too. Maybe you can think of other alternatives. Make sure all the gaps are covered and that you overlap well on the side with the Duck tape. The overlap is to make sure that the final layer of Duck tape you apply on the side of the tubes will clamp the tape that plugs the bottom. In my first version, I did not have this final touch and after some weeks, the duck tape detached with the heat and the cable ties all ended up on the floor...
If you have some longer tubes in your assembly, it's a good idea to tape them in two spots (at the bottom and towards the top).
Step 5: Put the Cable Ties In
I hope you found this Instructable useful. I have been wanting to write an Instructable for a long time now and I have finally taken the time to do it!