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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?

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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