Introduction: Wood Tie Bar
As Makers we constantly strive to be unique; challenging the ordinary and pushing boundaries!
This instructable will hopefully inspire some creators out there to experiment with new methods of building and designing!
As inspiration for this build I used my own "candy cane" style tie bar. It is mostly chrome with a brushed/polished pattern. It uses a sturdy torsion spring and a serrated gripper.
Now lets make a different unique tie bar!!
Step 1: Choose Your Material
Here is a variety of different woods with different harnesses, grains, and colors.
•Oak (white - red ish)
•Walnut (dark, brown - red ish)
•Poplar (green - white)
Also, using a laminate of woods puts a creative twist on your project!
Step 2: Easy Tie Bar
This easy Tie Bar uses a pre-made clamp -- the Clothes Pin.
1. Choose your wood
2. Shape the wood piece
3. Glue it to the clothes pin
4. Stain, varnish, or urethane it!
Step 3: 1. Tie Bar From SCRATCH!
This Tie Bar is very complicated! It is made entirely from scratch -- spring, clamp, and hinge! It is made out of steel sheet metal. It uses an aluminum stiffener that is attached by two copper rivets.
First: design your clamp on paper and cut it out of steel sheet metal
•Drill holes for the hinge and glue
•Cut & File a piece of aluminum the same shape of the clamp and rivet it in place
Step 4: 2. From SCRATCH Tie Bar
Now, choose your wood (I used a laminate of Walnut and Maple)
•Polish the Clamp
•Glue the pieces together
Step 5: 3. Finish From SCRATCH Tie Bar
I used JB weld two part epoxy to adhere the spring to the clamp. There are better ways out there but this is simple.
Step 6: Uniquely Simple Tie Bar
This Tie Bar is unique in that it uses a single, mono-clamp for the whole tie bar.
I used Walnut and Maple glued together in a laminated fashion.
The spring is made out of 6061-T6 Aluminum sheet metal because T6 is the hardened designation which will make for a better stronger clamp.
The Aluminum is polished and glued to the wood.
Step 7: Final Pictures
Hopefully this instructable inspired some of you to continue modding and build upon these ideas!
--Wood Contest entry
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7 years ago
My father is a carpenter. He gets it as a Christmas present. I'm curious what he says.
8 years ago on Introduction
This is really cool stuff! Thanks for sharing this. Simple but beautiful and surely a gift anyone would be happy to receive.