MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: When working with a lot of components in a physical computing project, there are bound to be tons of wires. To avoid having your project look like a bird’s nest, what methods do you employ to tidy things up?

To secure wires to wood, I go for chicken wire nails They hammer into wood easily and allow you to get just the right amount of tension. I tried a staple gun once but it did not end well — pinched two wires together and shorted them out. I’ve yet to find a good fastener that can manage cables and stay secure on a plastic substrate. Any ideas?

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