Hat stand

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 03-22-2013 10:59 PM 2566 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make a Victorian style free-standing hat rack as a stage prop. I decided to challenge myself by making a real stand. It was a real exercise in problem-solving and allowed me to try out some techniques I’ve never used before.

While I doubt you will want to make a hat stand, there are plenty of ideas in this video to get you started on a project of your own!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 11:33 PM

Great video, Steve! You did an awesome job! I have used poplar quite often for scrolling. It is a great wood for beginners who may have trouble dealing with really hard wood. It cuts almost as easily as pine, yet it isn’t sappy like pine is and is a bit stronger because the grain is more even. I loved your project here and I also loved the finish. Another great job! :)

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 11:42 PM

Another cool project Steve ! I love to work with Poplar I just did a band saw box and I am waiting for it to warm up to finish it. I am going to use Danish oil natural . Everyone says you have to paint Poplar I think they are crazy! GREAT JOB !

-- Coach Mancuso

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 11:53 PM

Nice job, I also like the finish.
PS Like your mailbox, saw the netflix waiting to go out. Don’t know why but I notice things like that. LOL

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 11:56 PM

I like your presentation. Too many amateur videos consist of way too much talk, not enough demonstration. Yours strikes a nice balance. Also you don’t fill your talk with the usual verbal tics that become annoying after a while—”Ummm, and uh, you know, like,” etc. interspersed with a bunch of muttering. I look forward to watching more of your work.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 12:14 AM

great job Steve, very nice coat/ hat stand, I have one criticism though, if you hammer your piece onto your lathe like you did, there is a possibility that you may damage the bearings on the lathe, it is always best to put the spur drive on your work before you put it on the lathe.
nice job.

-- Smitty!!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 03-23-2013 01:00 AM

Great job… as usual…

Thank you….

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 03-23-2013 01:36 AM

Looks great! I think I may use the same idea for making the legs on my drum table I’m going to build.

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#8 posted 03-23-2013 01:55 AM

I always enjoy your videos, I think because you really seem to enjoy them too. I see you’ve discovered my usual retort to the recipients of my projects when they discover my less than perfect workmanship, “it gives it that hand crafted look”. Works every time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 03-23-2013 05:04 AM

Another neat project Steve. I like how you reveal your Oops moments. We all have them. You are just man enough to show them to us. Hey, we’re all mere mortals.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 03-23-2013 11:38 AM

Neat project Steve very advanced :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 03-23-2013 12:52 PM

As always informative and a joy to watch!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#12 posted 03-23-2013 02:47 PM

For someone who does not use a lathe that often, you’re might handy with that skew-like chisel. Nice work. Nice hat rack. My wife has an ‘antique’ one that has been in her family for years and some of the pegs have broken. I am now inspired to make a pattern with one of the remaining ones to turn the others. Thanks.

-- I am not here at the moment and I have gone out to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.

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#13 posted 03-23-2013 09:35 PM

Good stuff! I agree that poplar gets a bad rap. My only critique is the way you push your fingers so close to the table saw blade instead of using a push stick at 1:10. Love your videos but you scare me sometimes!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#14 posted 03-23-2013 11:38 PM

Great project, Steve. I may have to build one of these myself soon. We just hang our coats on the banisters at the bottom of the stairs lol.

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#15 posted 03-24-2013 01:32 AM

You really should save all these and write a book with a DVD included. Oh great project

-- Norman

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