DIY Wood Plaque Tie Rack and Hanger


This is a fun, quick, and easy DIY project, so follow along down below to build this tie rack for yourself! If you follow the plans you will get (2) racks, so if you only need (1) just half the cutlist and shaker pegs!

The tie racks would also make a great Father’s Day gift, so you can feel free to save this post for later too.


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What you’ll need:


Tools Used:


  • (2) 1 x 6 x 12

Step 1: Cut your wood

  • Using your miter saw, cut your wood to the cutlist above. Easy peasy!

Step 2: Route the edges

  • With a router and roman ogee bit, you can achieve the same decorative edges that I made. Feel free to be creative here! You could also just round over the edges or leave them square.
  • I used my router table to make it quick, but that is totally optional.

Step 3: Measure, mark, and drill holes

  • This is the trickiest part of this tie rack project, so check the pictures below to double check your measurements. A speed square is great for making these measurements and drawing the lines.
  • Here’s how to measure and mark your holes for the pegs:
    • Draw a line across the top that is 1” down from the top of the board (not counting the routed part.
    • Make a mark in the very center of that line where you will have your center hole.
    • Make a mark ¾” in from the outside edges of either side to get your top outside holes.
    • Mark halfway between each top outside hole and the center hole. You should now have (5) marks for your top row.
    • To make the bottom marks, draw a line across the bottom that is 1” up from the bottom edge (not counting the routed part).
    • Make a small mark halfway between each of the top holes, and then transfer those marks down to the bottom line.
  • Once all of the marks have been made, drill the holes for the pegs. The pegs that I got (here) had a 3/8” tenon (the bottom smaller part), so I first tried to drill the holes with a 3/8” drill bit. They seemed to be too small, so I moved up to a ½” drill bit, and they fit perfectly.
  • One little tip is to make a little flag out of painter’s tape and place it on your drill bit the length of the tenon. By doing this you know how deep you need to drill (see pictures).

The pegs should fit snuggly in their holes. 

Step 5: Sand and stain

  • Use an orbital sander (love mine!) to smooth out your tie rack boards, or sand them by hand. You can do this quickly with 120 grit sandpaper.
  • To get the tie racks ready to stain, you can apply a pre-stain wood conditioner. This helps the stain soak into the wood more evenly, preventing blotchy stain jobs that are typical with pine. This is optional, but it really makes a difference!
  • Once your wood is ready, you can stain it! Per my dad’s request, I used Red Mahogany by Minwax. It’s a deep and pretty color, almost like a dark cherry.
  • It’s a good idea to wait to glue the pegs in until after you’ve stained them separately, so that you have more control of your stain and don’t have to avoid bumping into the other pegs.

Step 6: Glue pegs and finish

  • Once the stain has dried, glue the pegs into your tie racks by dropping a little wood glue into each hole, and just pressing the pegs in.
  • You can then apply a polyurethane finish to give it a nice sheen and some protection. My dad asked for a semi-gloss sheen, and the only semi-gloss sheen that I had on hand happened to be Helmsman Spar Urethane by Minwax. That stuff is awesome for tables and outdoor furniture, which is a little unnecessary for a tie rack, but hey, these will be some robust tie racks!
  • You can hang these tie racks how you’d like, but I got some little sawtooth hangers for cheap, and they work great!

That’s it for this project. I love how versatile and functional these tie racks can be, and I love how quick and fun they were to make!


Happy building, friends!


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