Each day for the past year, I've been digging around a basket in search for a tie. Whether going to work or going out, I waste about 5-10 minutes trying to pick out a tie for the occasion; and trying to place the neglected ties neatly back in the basket. Also, my dog likes to pull out about 3 ties from the basket each night, which literally drives me insane. If you're reading this and want a good demonstration on how to not take care of your stuff, all of the above is a good place to start.

With that said, this past weekend I finally decided enough was enough. I walked to a nearby park and picked up several sturdy branches in hopes to build my own tie rack (I generally like to spend as little or no money at all on simple projects like this, so make sure you use all available resources). Now, I'm not a perfectionist by any means and I don't want to even pretend that I'm a skilled carpenter, but really all you need is a simple idea and little bit of patience.

As far as physical resources, you will need the following:

  1. Wood
  2. A Saw (Power saw is recommended, as it saves lots of time)
  3. Screws (2" - 4" depending on how thick the wood is)
  4. Power screwdriver
  5. Sand Paper
  6. Clear Coat (I use Minwax)
Total Time: Give yourself between 30 minutes to an hour.
Step 1: Lay all your pieces out and determine which pieces of wood will be your rails (Vertical pieces) and which will be your rungs (Steps or horizontal pieces).

Step 2: Make sure all of your rungs are even, then make a diagonal cut at the ends using a hand saw or a power saw (below), or cut the ends in a V shape (recommended).

Step 3: Place the rungs in line with the rails. Then drill 1 screw through the rails into each side of the rung.

Step 4: After you have completed the tie rack, make sure your sand down the tops of each rung so there are no rough spots where your ties will be lying.

Step 5: Brush on a clear coat to protect the wood and to preserve it longer.

If you're looking for a unique way to display, store and take care of your ties, this is definitely a project worth doing. I've really come to value the process of taking an idea and making it a reality by using little money and only my hands. As I said before, I'm not a perfectionist and I'm sure someone else out there has a much better way to make a tie rack, but in the end, I didn't spend any money and only worked on it for about an hour.

Here is the finished product!

What do you think of my new tie rack? Have you ever built something like this before?

Kirk