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maniac 01-07-13 12:20 PM

Cable Lacing Guide
 
Hi guys, recently alpenwasser showed us the beauty of cable lacing, and with his permission, I decided to write a simple guide to lace your own cables, with the correct tools this is quite a straightforward process and will make your rig look more professional than ever, at least in my eyes, it looks like a hundred times better than plain old boring cable ties.

Alpenwasser did a very informative guide on lacing double layered cables, which technique can be used for any amount of rows you have, in this video, he showed us how to lace a double layered cable with eight rows, and using the same technique I managed to lace one with just two rows.

The tools/materials needed to lace your cables are :
  • Waxed cotton lacing (any colour) with 1mm width (thicker for a more industrial look)
  • Paperclip (not essential but it will make your life easier)
  • Scissors
  • Cable for lacing

Here is alpenwasser's video tutorial :


You might have single layered cables which cannot be laced using the same technique as the one used when lacing double layered cables. So here is a step-by-step guide on how to lace a single layered cable. For the sake of this guide, I will be using 2mm thick red lacing as it will be easier to follow and well, it just looks sexy on black sleeved cables.

Note: You will be working from the bottom side, so please make sure that the side that will be shown off is facing downwards.

To start of with, tie one end of the cotton lace to a paperclip (you can do both but it's not really important) and prepare your other materials.


First step is to wrap the lacing around all the wires once, so that no lacing overlap each other. Leave about 1 inch of extra lacing so you will be able to tie a knot later on.


And go over again, but this time go between the last two cables, in this case, between cables 3 and 4.


Then go back up between cables 3 and 4 from the bottom side, as shown in the picture below.


Then cross over to the top side between cables 2 and 3.


And go back up from the bottom side of cables 2 and 3 .


Then cross over again and go in on the top side between cables 1 and 2. (note there is a pattern and you can follow it no matter how many cables you have).


Then come out again on the bottom side of cables 1 and 2, and you should be left with something like this.


Then tie a knot with the extra piece you left at the beginning. I did just a single knot for the sake of looking better as the lacing is a bit thick but with thinner lacing, you could do a double knot for the lacing to be more secure, although it's not going anywhere.


Then finally trim off the excess lacing and voila, you laced your first set of cables.


This is how the front should look like if done correctly.


And a final shot of the whole cable, now obviously you don't have to do it three times on this short length of testing but I was still experimenting with it and the third one was done for the sake of this guide.


Please leave any feedback, criticism and/or questions in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Props to alpenwasser :rock:

Regards,
maniac

alpenwasser 01-07-13 12:30 PM

Nicely done, sir! :rock:

I actually temporarily had something similar for the SATA cables in ZEUS, but since I
didn't need to lace those I didn't finish the technique and just saved it for HELIOS. I
never got around to figuring out how to best make the knot at the end, and must say I
very much like this version. :cool:

Also, very nice post with emphasizing the important bits from my vid. :)

mehere 01-07-13 02:10 PM

nice guide Maniac between you and Alpenwasser I can see a lot of people trying this :downit:

The Orange One 01-07-13 04:07 PM

Nice Guide mate!

Great work by both you and Alpenwasser!

alpenwasser 01-07-13 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mehere (Post 663331)
nice guide Maniac between you and Alpenwasser I can see a lot of people trying this :downit:

Thanks! It would be nice to get a new trend started. :cool:

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Orange One (Post 663359)
Nice Guide mate!

Great work by both you and Alpenwasser!

Thanks mate! :)

You_What? 01-07-13 06:47 PM

Nice guide mate, TBH, I'd not even known what Cable Lacing was till this guide, must have missed it in alpenwasser's build (I must run over to those threads to give the pics a closer inspection), ta!

maniac 01-07-13 06:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by You_What? (Post 663410)
Nice guide mate, TBH, I'd not even known what Cable Lacing was till this guide, must have missed it in alpenwasser's build (I must run over to those threads to give the pics a closer inspection), ta!

Well, I never heard of it before alpenwasser's guide so we are kind of in the same boat here.

Thanks for everyone's feedback, I really appreciate your comments.

Reloaded2 01-07-13 07:14 PM

Great Cable Lacing Tutorial alpenwasser, ill be trying this and ill post a thread showing my work. Wish me luck LOL

You_What? 01-07-13 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maniac (Post 663412)
Well, I never heard of it before alpenwasser's guide so we are kind of in the same boat here.

Thanks for everyone's feedback, I really appreciate your comments.

Back from having a look at Zeus. :D

LOL, you know what I'd noticed it but thought that was actually how it'd been cable braided?

Thanks for the guide mate, something definitely for the builds! Thanks to alpenwasser too!

Let me head back over and drool some more!

alpenwasser 01-07-13 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by You_What? (Post 663410)
Nice guide mate, TBH, I'd not even known what Cable Lacing was till this guide, must have missed it in alpenwasser's build (I must run over to those threads to give the pics a closer inspection), ta!

Haha, no worries. I started looking into it a few months ago but didn't know what it
was called, so I started searching for "sewing cables". Via a few detours I finally
found out that it was actually called cable lacing, which then sent me on a vast
journey through the depths of the interwebz to look for more info about this ancient
art. After finding a few things here and there (NASA has a nice instruction manual
on lacing) I then took what I'd learned and worked out this technique.

The trick was how to make if free-floating. A very similar technique is used to tie
cable bundles to what looks like small ladders, but of course I don't have the
structural support of that in my PC case unless I build little ladders everywhere
(which would just look ridiculous :lol: ).

So I had to figure out how to get the same look, but without the structural support
by solid tie down points.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reloaded2 (Post 663418)
Great Cable Lacing Tutorial alpenwasser, ill be trying this and ill post a thread showing my work. Wish me luck LOL

If you wish I think it would be ok to post your work here. We could make this sort of
the OC3D cable lacing thread where we show off each other's work. Just a thought. ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by You_What? (Post 663419)
Back from having a look at Zeus. :D

LOL, you know what I'd noticed it but thought that was actually how it'd been cable braided?

Na, that was all me. :lol:
Originally all the wires were unsleeved and naked.

Quote:

Originally Posted by You_What? (Post 663419)
Thanks for the guide mate, something definitely for the builds! Thanks to alpenwasser too!

Let me head back over and drool some more!

Happy to help, and go right ahead. :)


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