Hat Showcase Rack - Another easy to make seller

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Project by Tennessee posted 02-26-2018 01:32 PM 328 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time I’ve ever had rotated pics. I took these with the digital camera sideways so I could frame it, then rotated it on my computer. Unfortunately, LJ seems to want the original orientation, and not sure how to stop it from doing that.
Oh well, you get the idea here.

One day, in my shop, I got a call from a fellow in Minnesota. He was a British fellow with a liking towards porkpie hats, but no one seemed to provide him with a way to store them without losing the shape. He initially asked if my golf club hat racks would do, but I did not think so. I asked him to send me a couple pics of his hats, with brim measurements, inside crown measurements, etc.

This little rack is the result. Sold a couple of them so far, and they gather a LOT of interest on my Etsy store. I plan on putting up a couple more.

Made simply of epoxied copper and the wooden parts, the secret is the pear shaped crown holder that the inside of the hat sits on. My first one I sent to him I had the pear shapes facing out, so the front of the hat stuck out, but after a bit of thought, I decided that it was sitting too far off the wall and rotated them 90’ and off-centered the hole for the pipe so you would still get a decent amount of room for the brim away from the walnut plank when stored on the rack.
The whole thing is sprayed in multiple coats of rattle can lacquer, buffed with paste wax. I also did one with “19th Hole” on it, and it has sold.

Easy-peasy project, so thanks to that unknown fellow in Minnesota, and copy it if you want. I already have a couple up for sale, another heading to the post office this morning, and a couple more will show up on my Etsy store this week if I don’t get too busy.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 05:58 PM

Hats off to your fine project!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 01:49 AM

Thank you very much, and a tip of the hat to you!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 01:57 AM

Very Nice, T! I keep my Charlie One Horse in a case to keep the dog hair and dust away, but man I wouldn’t mind a good display rack :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 02-27-2018 05:32 AM

Interesting concept and combination of materials.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-27-2018 06:47 PM

I have the same idea for a hat rack. I have been looking to screw the copper in the wood, what type of epoxy did you use?

Came out great

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#6 posted 02-27-2018 06:57 PM

super clever design – well excited product
i may make one for two nicer straw panama hats i own
well, i will at least put it on the list of things to do someday

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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