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.
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
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.