How to Make Hat Stands

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How to Make Hat Stands
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Hat stands are a wonderful way to display antique hats or a collection of hats you wear all the time. The hat is able to drape over the stand, preventing the brim from becoming bent or distorted from sitting on a flat surface. Make hat stands using simple recycled items you already own for an inexpensive woodworking project. This project can be completed quickly with a few basic tools, allowing a successful finish for even a novice.

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Things you need

  • 2-by-4 scrap
  • Measuring tape
  • Jigsaw or mitre saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrap wood
  • Drill and 1/4-inch bit
  • 1/4-inch diameter dowel, 12 inches
  • Wood glue
  • Wood baby block
  • Paint or stain
  • Paint brush
  • Hat

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut a 3 1/2-inch piece of 2-by-4 using a jigsaw or mitre saw. A 2-by-4 is actually 3 1/2-inches wide after milling, which means the cut 2-by-4 piece will be 3 1/2-inches square. This is the base for your hat stand. Sand and smooth the edges.

  2. 2

    Lay the 2-by-4 flat on a piece of scrap wood. The scrap wood will protect your work surface from the drill. Drill a 1/4-inch diameter hole through the centre of the 3 1/2-inch square.

  3. 3

    Measure and cut a 12-inch length of 1/4-inch diameter dowel, using a jigsaw or mitre saw. Sand and smooth the ends. Apply wood glue to one end of the dowel. Insert the glued end in the drilled hole of the 2-by-4.

  4. 4

    Set a wood baby block on a piece of scrap wood. Drill half way through the block, using a 1/4-inch drill bit. The block will be the top of your hat stand. Apply wood glue inside the drilled hole. Place the remaining end of the dowel in the drilled hole of the block. Allow the wood glue to dry.

  5. 5

    Paint or stain the base, dowel and block, to finish the hat stand. Allow the stand to dry. Place a hat over the wood block to display.

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