So I got really tired of having to dig thru the big old tub of zip ties I get from Harbor Freight to get to the size, color, etc I needed. The bins stink as the bundles come apart and they end up a giant mess as you can see in the second picture showing my inspiration for the finished product.  I thought there had to be a better way. So after seeing a few ideas on the net I came up with what I wanted to do. You can make this bigger, smaller, use different size PVC tube, etc. But here is what I did.

Supplies Used:
Again this is what I used, modify as you like.
All supplies purchased at Home Depot.

1 ea 10' piece of 1" PVC (thin Walled)
18 ea 1" PVC Caps
1 .75"x5.5" Piece of Poplar Pre Cut (in the pre cut hardwoods section)
18 Ea 1/4" x 1.5" Flush Mount Machine Screws
18 Ea 1/4" Washers
18 Ea 1/4" Lock Washers
18 Ea 1/4" Nuts
PVC Cement

I had on hand:
1/4" Drill Bit
Stain For the wood
PVC/tube cutting tool

I used my drill press and a circular saw as well as a PVC/Tube cutting tool. You could do this with hand tools if you had to. I knocked the whole project out in an hour or so.

Step 1: Drilling The Caps

The first thing I did was to drill a 1/4" hole in each of the 18 PVC caps. There is a small casting mark that is pretty much dead center on these to use as your guide. It looks like a little bump. found between the letters on the caps. To make sure the bit didn't walk on me I used a spring loaded center punch prior to drilling the holes to dimple the plastic in. I also started with a smaller bit before jumping up to the 1/4" bit, though this wasn't really necessary as it is only PVC. But I wanted to make sure my holes were dead center.
SOOOOO clever!
<p>I did one very similar to this after I saw this. Working with handfuls of zip ties can be such a messy matter. I made 45 degree ends on mine with the tips flattened out. After the final touches I finished it with black Fusion paint for plastics. Makes a very durable finish. Might I also add that this makes it easy to know when you need to restock so there are no surprises mid project.</p>
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I like it!<br> <br> What do you think about using a<a href="http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&qscrl=1&nord=1&rlz=1T4ADFA_enUS478US479&q=forstner+bit+1%22&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&ion=1&biw=991&bih=636&wrapid=tlif133978171293210&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1345802074853803095&sa=X&ei=aXLbT6SBGIbnrAfDj6GZCQ&ved=0CMEBEPICMAE" rel="nofollow"> Fostner Bit </a>on the board, and eliminating the caps. You could secure the pipes to the board with construction adhesive.<br> <br> One tip: Acetone (nail polish remover) will instantly remove the ink printing on the sides of the pipe.
I actually was toying with several ideas about how best to do the base. I had considered using a hole saw and embedding a the PVC with epoxy as you suggested at first, but I was worried about how well that would hold up long term. So I went the cap and bolt route instead.
Thanks for the Kudos. I entered it. This project was cheap, easy, and effective. Overall I am very happy with how it came out
You should enter this in the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Scoochmaroo-Challenge-Fathers-Day/">Father's Day Challenge</a>!

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