Wood/Leather Tie Clips

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Project by crispy posted 01-13-2014 03:46 PM 3083 views 13 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys! Long time/first time.

I saw these wooden tie clips for sale ( and figured I could make a bunch for Christmas gifts for friends and family. Ended up making 13 of them while I was home on Christmas break (I’m a student at the moment, so have to use my dad’s garage/tools) – 12 of them Cocobolo and black leather, one Purple Heart and blue leather (for a friend who dresses a bit eccentrically!). The original plan was to cut the slot for the leather using a table saw so I could cut the slots for all of them in one go, but my dad’s table saw had a blade clearance wider than the thickness of wood I was using, so that seemed like a really bad idea once I got a look at the saw. I ended up doing everything on a scroll saw, so it took way longer than expected, but worked out pretty well, I think. The two halves of the clip are different lengths so that you can use the long side with a wide tie and the short side for a skinny tie.

The pins that hold the leather in are brass, the leather is just some scrap from the local leather supplier ($7 a pound! Steal!), and the wood is Cocobolo. There are 1/4” disc magnets that hold the two halves together, just pressed in.

The magnets are supposed to be worth 5 pounds, but with a shirt and tie in there, they pull apart a bit easier than I’d like. If I were to do it again, I’d use a bigger magnet, or place a steel disc behind the magnets to focus the field towards the other magnet. Live and learn, I guess! Still pretty happy with how they turned out.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 03:55 PM

Good idea and a good project. I think someone put your shirt pocket on upside down though. LOL Thanks for sharing. I have some boys at church that just might have a tie clip in their future. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 07:55 PM

What a great idea! I could see this design being very versatile with different combinations of wood and leather, possibly customized with a carved initial. One question: How smooth did you sand them? The one picture looks like there is a rough edge that could snag a silk tie. Keep up the good work!

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 09:20 PM

Awesome Idea!

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