Wooden Necktie (my reversible variation)

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Project by BenI posted 12-26-2012 03:59 PM 2312 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stumbled upon the Woodworking for Mere Mortals video of him making a wooden necktie and decided I had to make one. The only thing is that I have 5 different dress shirts so I wanted to make mine reversible so I could wear it with any of them. Doing this didn’t require too much design change except how the elastic cord went thru the pieces, so all in all it worked out great.

The dark side is Bolivian Rosewood and the light side is Bird’s Eye Maple and I finished it with 3 coats of wipe-on poly.

Thanks for taking a look!

-- Ben from IL

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 04:02 PM

Wild and crazy but cool


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#2 posted 12-26-2012 04:37 PM

Neat, really neat!

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 06:03 PM

Really cool.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 06:26 PM

Thanks guys! Obviously just a fun little project to make something you can have a good laugh about.

-- Ben from IL

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 12:01 AM

Well that’s cool! nice work!

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 12:37 AM

BenI most cool; I think I will try to make one too.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 07:28 AM

hfminmi It’s not too hard but I ended up making a jig for the grooves.

Here’s the Youtube video of him making it, and he put a template of the tie in the description with the video which helps with the dimensions, etc.

-- Ben from IL

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#8 posted 07-08-2016 07:04 PM

I know what Steve did in making his…I made some using that method.

So what construction method did you use to make it reversible?

BTW, Steve didn’t mention he thickness of his backer or the diameter of his elastic cord… what did you use for each?

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#9 posted 07-10-2016 06:15 PM

I made two changes to make it reversible. One was, instead of making the slot at the “bottom” of the tie to loop the cord thru I glued the cord in place at the bottom piece. Granted, if the cord does break, I’ll have to glue the ends of the cord or something in place but I doubt that’d be too difficult. The other change was having to make the “knot at the top out of both woods/both sides but that was just repeating the process. For mine though, I merely added an extra thickness off wood as the knot and put the grain across like a normal tie would look.

The boards I used were all 1/8”, which as I recall, I got at Woodcraft and they were all set, i.e. no planing or sanding needed before the glue up. The cord as best as I can measure it, is about 1/8” or a shade under. I got the elastic cord at Hobby Lobby.

One last note, I found that using the elastic cord for everything made it sag a lot so I used elastic cord for the pieces of the tie, tied a knot at the top and then used regular cord for around the neck to make it sag less.

-- Ben from IL

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