[Make] a Tie, Scarf, Belt, and Cord Rack Thingy!



I have discovered I am happiest when I am making or building somethIng for myself. My wife and I could simply go to the store, but you don't get the fun of designing, the rush of the build, or the thrill with life-long memories. This year for the Holidays I made most of the gifts with the help of a big red laser-cutter at a Hackerspace. The Tie, Scarf, Belt, and Cord Rack is just one easy thing! There is a learning curve but the end result is so very cool!

The following are the steps I use to make anything my evil mind could ever want. {Add dramatic evil laugh}. So, here is how you can do it too: 

*I forgot to add a picture of belts on the rack...

Follow these three simple steps to accomplishment & victory:
1. Design a mock up in Google SketchUp.
2. Be friendly and meet people at your local Hackerspace, then use the equipment.
3. Clean, polish, price and package.

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Step 1: [SketchUp] Making the Rack

[Step 1.] Design a mock up in Google SketchUp.
Downoad and learn Google SketchUp.

Next, I looked around online and checked out what designs I liked for the rack.
Measure everything!  Start with the thickness of the hanger bar.
The size of the rack I made is 300 x 150 mm.

SketchUp is good for checking out potential materials, colors, and designs.
Demonstated above is how wood, clear plexiglass {acrylic}, and paint would look.

++++ I needed to add a plugin to SketchUp to save the files as .dxf files++++
From the open-source wiki at Makerbot Industries, this free plug-in was suggested:

Step 2: [HackerSpace] CNC Laser Cutter

[Step 2.] Be friendly and meet people at your local Hackerspace, then use the equipment.

Find a local CNC laser-cutter.
{If you have your own laser-cutter you don't need this step!}

Check out your local Hackerspaces or community workshops for the tools you want to play with:
{Hackerspaces are community-operated, physical places where people can meet and work on their projects}.

This is the big red CNC laser-cutter at i3Detroit!

{This CNC machine needs the files to be saved as .dxf or monochrome bitmaps}.

For $11 at Lowe's, I picked up a sheet of plywood measuring 4 x 8 feet and 1/4 inch thick. I asked the guy to make two cuts, resulting in four quarter sheets of plywood. {This material was not my first choice, but the pre-cut 2 x 4 feet sheets of plywood had voids in the layers}. 

Step 3: [Home] Clean, Polish, Wrap, and Give! :)

[Step 3.]  Clean, polish, price and package.
Clean and remove burnt ash and laser "kiss" marks. I used rubbing alcohol and paper towels.
{If you use acrylic, you don't need this step}!

The picture above is an example of a different project ready to be cleaned with rubbing alcohol and paper towels. The next two pictures is of the same project, now clean. {By the way, you may need to sand down the edges.}

Polishing is super easy. Get down to your local store for a spray can of furniture polish.
Some polish repels dust. {Well worth it}! 

Almost done!

Attach the price that you see fit.
Package appropriately.

[Make] the Tie, Scarf, Belt, and Cord Rack seen in the previous videos. 
Download exact design here for free:

Step 4: [Thingiverse] the Wrap Up

*Alternative Method for [Step 1.]
*1. Instead of desiging your own projects, download designs at Thingiverse.
2. Be friendly and meet people at your local Hackerspace, then use the equipment.
3. Clean, polish, price and package.

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