Last minute father's day gift: DIY tie rack

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By: Craftaholics Anonymous

This year for Father's Day, I decided to make Davis a rustic DIY Tie Rack. Now that Davis wears a tie everyday to work {thanks to his new business!} and to church, he's out grown his tiny tie rack. So a new tie rack was in order. Plus his old one was pretty lame. And this one is awesome!

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This DIY Rustic Wood Tie Rack holds 39 ties!!


-1″x12″ board {main piece}
-1″x3″ board {ledge}
-Wood stain
-Foam Brush
-Paper Towels
-Wood Glue
-Brad Nailer
-Compound Miter Saw
-2.5″ Old Fashioned Nails
--Hand Sander with fine grit sand paper
-Tape Measure
-Peg Board {optional}
-Clear Matte Spray sealer
-2 Sawtooth hangers – preferably the hammer in kind

Step-by-step Instructions:
Last minute Father's Day Gift: DIY Tie Rack
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Last minute father's day gift: DIY tie rack

1. Cut your boards to 27.5″ lengths. If you don’t have a saw, you can always have them cut the boards in the store for you. I cut mine at home with my Hitachi Compound Miter Saw.

2. Lightly sand the edges and apply wood stain according to directions on packaging. I believe I left my stain on for 20 minutes then wiped off the excess.

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3. Apply wood glue along the top long edge of your 1×12 board. {the main piece}

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4. Using your finger, spread the glue out so that its thin and even. {note: my “purple nail polish” was not from this project. Its from being clumsy shutting the back door of my SUV lol}

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5. Press the 1″x3″ board on top of the main piece perpendicularly to create an L shape. {This will be the ledge.} Using your brad nailer, place brads every few inches across the top of the ledge to hold in place. Wipe any excess glue that oozed out in the process. Allow to dry for 4-6 hours or according to wood glue package direction.

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6. After glue is completely dry, then lightly sand the edges and the flat surfaces of the wood to create a subtle distressed look.
7. Place a piece of peg board over the Main Piece of the tie rack so that the top row of holes is about 3″ down. Use the holes in the pegboard to evenly mark where you want the old fashioned nails to go with a pencil. Note: you do not need pegboard to do this, but it sure makes it a lot faster and easier!
8. Using your hammer, drive the old fashion nails into the Main Piece where your pencil marks are. {if you look closely, you can see my little circles on the board} Don’t drive the nails all the way through the back. Just in enough so that they are secure. The key is to try and drive them in as straight as possible. If you look closely at my finished photo, you’ll see my nails are far from straight!
9. Turn your diy tie rack over and hammer a sawtooth hanger on each side. Then spray a coat of clear matte sealer over your entire tie rack, including the nails.

Doesn't it look awesome??

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What are you making for Father's Day? Do you make Father's Day gifts? We'd love to hear in the comments below!

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