even more wooden cowboy hats

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Project by StevenAntonucci posted 1451 days ago 3009 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some shots from the last two hats…

Picture #1

Shavings pile up quickly. The goal is to get the wood balanced as quickly as possible, so that I can get to this point as quickly as possible. I roughed the hat round with a chainsaw, and then put it on a small faceplate. From the time it was on the chainsaw to this point is 10-15 minutes and I only used a swept back grind 1/2 bowl gouge. If I had a bigger lathe, I think I could get to this point in 5 minutes.

Picture #2

After reversing the roughed out hat, I cut the rim to about 50/1000ths. This is done by using a light from behind the wood to pass light through the wood. You gauge thickness by the color of the light. Red is at least 1/8” (125/1000ths), orange is probably 80/1000ths. pale yellow is around 50/1000ths. White is 0/1000ths and hat pieces flying everywhere…

Picture #3

Still not sure what happened with hat #5? I reverse them against the cole jaws to cut the tops. I think this one flexed out of the tailstock point and it tore off one of the jaws (it was missing a screw, and was probabaly loose). it would have probably been a pretty good hat, since I got a good look at the cross section and it was pretty even.

Picture #4

My son Luca models hat #6. I think the crown is too big for the scale of the brim, but at 50/1000ths, there’s no room to recut it. The first hat that I made was 7.6 oz when it was dry. This one was 5.6 oz before I oiled it. I think I can make one under 5 ozs.

Picture #5

The hat has been oiled with mineral oil to bring out the ambrosia pattern. one light coal of Poly spray to keep it from getting finger prints and the oil should make it not only look better, but somewhat water repellent. like the other 5, it doesn’t fit me. I think I need to make a hat press to force them into final shape. Maple doesn’t move enough along the grain to accomodate my head. It will need to be carefully “squished”. As you can see from the brim, the maple can be bent when wet, and will hold shape when it dries in that bent position. Some light sanding is all that is left here…

Questions and comments welcome

-- Steven

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jim C

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#1 posted 1451 days ago

Absolutely beautiful work.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 1451 days ago

wow cool!

I kinda want one….lol

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Mary Anne

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#3 posted 1451 days ago

Very nice work. That is one good looking hat, and a handsome model you have showing it off.
I just LOVE wooden hats! It is on my woodworking bucket list to turn at least one wearable hat.

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#4 posted 1451 days ago

I am continually amazed here at LJ at what folks imagine and create!

That has to be one of the more interesting pieces I’ve seen.

You might try a top hat? They tend to be more round, or how about a ‘Boulder’ type hat like Bat Masterson wore?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 1451 days ago

Very nice hats! How big of a lathe do you have to make them on?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 1451 days ago

Looks too nice to wear. Beautiful work and some very nice creative design. I like…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#7 posted 1451 days ago

My lathe swings 16”, which means I can usually get about 15” around the brim. I also can rotate the headstock to get bigger, assuming that I can find a bigger log… I think the brims really need to be 17-18” to lock right on a full sized adult. 15” looks a little small to me…

-- Steven

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#8 posted 1451 days ago

Such an incredible piece of art from a seemingly plain piece of wood. Hey, that’s a cute kid you have there!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 1451 days ago

Thats great….super job!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 1451 days ago

Hat’s off to you Steven. Very nice work.

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

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#11 posted 1450 days ago

will you change with my paperhat…....LOL


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#12 posted 1450 days ago

This is an incredibly interesting creation!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 1450 days ago

I have seen these hats befo re and yours is outstanding! Truly beautiful!!!
Thanks for sharing,

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 1450 days ago

I love these hats!

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#15 posted 1450 days ago

You do great hats, I still have a bit of difficulty imagining the sequence you go through to create on of these gems.

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