How to Build a Basic Tie and Belt Rack

What You'll Need
Wooden board (approximately 1 inch by 6 inches by 20 inches)
Wooden tie pegs (at least 20)
Measuring Tape
Drill with 1/8 inch countersink bit
Screws (2 inches long and with heads of 1/4 inch)
Acrylic sealant and paint brush

A tie and belt rack can be very helpful to hang up on your wall or in your closet. Belts and ties should be hung properly when not in use so that they don't become wrinkled and damaged. Keeping them on a rack will help you to organize them and to keep them available for easy access and use. Fortunately, you can build your own basic tie and belt rack at home with a few inexpensive materials and tools. Read on for a brief overview of how to build a tie and belt rack of this type in a few easy steps.

Step 1 -- Treat the Wood

Before you begin working on your tie and belt rack, it's a good idea to treat the wood so that it will be protected against damage in the future. Brush an even layer of acrylic sealant over the surface of one side of the wooden slab, then over the other. Allow it to dry completely by letting it sit in a well ventilated area for about 24 hours. Brush acrylic over the entire surface of each of the wooden tie pegs and allow them to dry completely as well.

Step 2 -- Measure and Drill Holes for the Pegs

Begin by measuring out the distance in between each peg. Make a mark on the wooden board where you'd like each peg to be placed. Generally, it's a good idea to leave at least 3 inches in between each peg. You may wish to include 2 rows of pegs, with the bottom row slightly offset from the top. The exact number of pegs in the rack is flexible and dependent upon how many ties and belts you'll hang on it.

Drill 1/8 inch holes into the surface of the board, then countersink those holes by using the countersink bit to drill into the back side of the board at the same point.

Step 3 -- Attach the Pegs

You'll next need to secure the pegs on the front of the rack with screws. Place the peg on the face of the rack and inside one of the 1/8 inch holes. Hold it in place while you line up a screw on the opposite side of the rack, where you countersunk the hole. Use a screwdriver to turn the screw into the rack and through the peg to attach it.

Step 4 -- Mount the Rack

Once you've finished the rack, you're ready to mount it on the wall. Determine where you'd like to mount it and ensure that it is entirely level. When you've found a good place, mount the rack by screwing one screw into each corner of the rack and then into the wall behind it. The 4 screws should be adequate to support the weight of the rack; add additional screws if you're concerned about the weight.