|Project by jeffthewoodwacker||posted 12-11-2011 03:56 AM||1888 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
Mini sized cowboy hat turned from freshly cut ambrosia maple. Hat is 4 1/4” tall and 8” wide at the brim. I turn these to a little less than 3/32 inch thick. To keep track of the thickness I turn the lights out in the shop and place a light directly behind the cut – when the glow becomes a yellow/orange color it is thin enough. When the inside of the hat is turned I reverse chuck on a jam chuck with an LED light. Sanding is done in steps as I work through the brim and into the inside of the crown. This hat weighs less than 2 ounces! Finish is several coats of hand rubbed danish oil. Hats are put on a bending jig after turning to get the brim shape. One day when I have time I will attempt to do a blog on the process. Turning time is around two hours total. Full size hats take longer.
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