|Project by crispy||posted 01-13-2014 03:46 PM||2678 views||13 times favorited||3 comments|
Hey Guys! Long time/first time.
I saw these wooden tie clips for sale (www.ellsworthandclyde.com) 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,