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I How to Make a Tie & Belt Rack

A. MAKE THE HANGER BODY
1. Trace the outline of the body of a standard plastic
or metal hanger onto a piece of I" aromatic cedar.
Use a jigsaw to cut along the outline.
2. Sand the hanger body, using 120-grit sandpaper.
Round edges and smooth faces.
B. LAY OUT THE BELT HOOK LOCATIONS
1. Mark a center line across the face of the workpiece
using a combination square. Extend the line across
the bottom and top edges.
2. To make the layout for the belt hooks, measure 2"
on either side of the center-line mark and draw
reference marks across the bottom edge of the
workpiece. Measuring toward the outside edges
from your reference marks, draw additional marks
in 1
1
/2" increments for each belt hook.
3. Set a combination square to half the thickness of
the hanger, and use the end of the ruler as a guide
to draw reference X marks through the previous
marks for each belt hook location.
C. LAY OUT TIE & HANGING HOOK
LOCATIONS
1. Position one edge of a combination square ruler
flush with the lower edge of the workpiece so
the end of the ruler is flush with the center line.
Draw a horizontal line I" from the bottom edge,
then without moving the ruler make a vertical
reference mark I" from the center line. Make
additional reference marks in 1
1
/2" increments
toward the outer edge for as many hooks as
desired.
2. Make an additional horizontal reference line I"
above the first line and repeat the previous step.
To stagger the layout of the tie hooks, the first
mark should be 3/4" from the center mark and in
1
1
/2" increments to the outer edge.
3. Repeat the steps taken to layout the hook
locations on the other side of the center line,
and the back of the workpiece, if desired.
4. To find the large utility hook location on the top
of the workpiece, set the combination square
ruler to half the thickness of the workpiece.
Position the square flush with the front side of
the workpiece and make a reference line through
the center line across the top edge.
5. Drill 1/4 "-deep pilot holes at every reference mark
for a tie or belt hook. Drill a 1/2"-deep pilot hole
for the utility hook at the intersection of the two
reference lines on the top edge of the hanger.
6. Erase all reference marks and screw the shoulder
hooks in the tie holes and the cup hooks in the
belt holes. Finally, screw the utility hook in place.
Do not apply finish. Sand the hanger on occasion
with fine sandpaper to replenish the scent.
Cut the aromatic cedar with even
pressure applied to the saw, or your cuts
will be rough and more difficult to sand.
Use a combination square to make
straight, accurate reference marks.
Offset the reference marks in the
second tier of tie hooks by measuring
out 3J4" from the center mark.
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