Cowboy Hat Blocker

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Project by hunter71 posted 03-14-2013 10:57 AM 2283 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some call this a hat stretcher, but in truth we do not stretch a hat, we only keep it in it’s shape. If a hat gets wet they will dry back differently. All hats get wet, not just from the elements, but sweat. So maintaining a hat is important. Be sure to taper the blocks to fit the natural angle of your hat. Glue the threaded rod into one side.
I made a couple of these for a trial and they work great. Western Red Cedar for the blocks. Store bought threaded rod and nut make it work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 11:15 AM

I made one of these to stretch a hat that was a little to small. I used a steel bolt, but yours looks a lot nicer. Nice job!

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 11:16 AM

Pretty slick.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 12:26 PM

My hat’s are not cowboy but if I had one I would make one of these. My hat’s off to you Doug! it’s a great idea!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 12:49 PM

Gr8 idea Doug. You should pattent this one. Simplicity at its best.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 02:09 PM

I bought a similar one a few years ago. As a “cranially gifted” guy, being able to stretch my hats a bit is important. (Especially since my job requires I wear several!)

Looks nice.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 02:21 PM

very nice.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 02:50 PM

Thats pretty cool…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 04:08 PM

I bought a hat from Goorin Bros. (woah that was expensive for a flat cap, but WORTH IT) and the guy at the counter offered to stretch the hat for me. He brought out a beautiful antique hat block, gave it a few cranks and the hat fit great. If I buy from them again I’ll ask to take a pic of it.

-- Justin M Schmidt | Somerville, Massachusetts |

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 04:20 PM

Is this the stretcher you saw at Goorin Bros?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 05:31 PM

Neat tool Doug. If I wore cowboy hats I to would make one too. I got a kinda big head (not that I’m stuck on myself) and it’s hard sometimes to find any style hat that fits.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#11 posted 03-14-2013 05:54 PM

Did you make the threaded rod also. I almost bought one a while ago. Just wondering how well it worked.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 03-14-2013 06:22 PM

Nice work. I’ve always worn hats for as long as I can remember.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 03-14-2013 06:32 PM

Very nice. Where did you get the wood nut and threaded dowel?

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#14 posted 03-14-2013 06:59 PM

Very nice, it makes a hat always feel special Like fresh polished boots.

-- 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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#15 posted 03-15-2013 12:39 AM

Very nice…I have quite a few hats and have a store bought blocker…but I like yours with the wood thread…much nicer. Did you use the Bealle wood threading tool?

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