How to Make a Hat Rack

What You'll Need
Wooden pegs
Tape measure
Drill bits
Mounting hardware
Stud finder
Wood glue

If you fancy learning basic woodcrafting, then consider learning how to make a hat rack. If you start off by making a hat rack, then you will eventually learn the skills necessary to work on a variety of more complex projects like headboards and chests. It is a great starting off point for any budding wood craftsmen. You can learn how to make a hat rack in no time at all. The following article will show you how to do just that. After you learn how to make a basic hat rack, you can use the same skills to modify it to your liking.

Step 1 – Choose the Size

Learning how to make a hat rack is easy, but first, you must decide how large you want it to be. This type of hat rack is going to be mounted to the wall instead of a standing hat rack, which is much harder for the novice. Determine how long you want the hat rack to be. This will be dependent on how many hats you want to hang on it and where the studs are in your wall. You want each hat to hang without crushing other hats. The height of the hat rack is more of a free size. You can cut the wood however you want, or you can keep it rectangular. The wood needs to be wide enough to fit the pegs and with at least an inch on the top and bottom.

Step 2 – Ready the Wood

Draw your measurements on the piece of wood you are planning to use for the hat rack. Carefully cut the piece of wood until the form you want is achieved. Select a drill bit that is the exact same size as the diameter of the wooden pegs you chose to hold the hats. Measure an inch from each side of the cut wood, and from these markings, create a box that is at least three inches in width. The first pegs will be places in the center of the end lines. Place a mark in the center of the box where you want the other pegs to be placed. Use the drill and bore those holes out to a depth that is half that of the thickness of the board. You can now sand and stain the wood and the pegs to your liking.

Step 3 – Install the Hat Rack

Wait until the wood is dry after staining, and apply a small amount of wood glue inside the peg holes. Insert each peg and press down firmly. If some of the wood glue overflows, you can quickly wipe it off with a damp towel. Let the wood glue dry prior to hanging the assembled hat rack. Locate the wall studs and place the hat rack on the wall so that each side is on a stud. Screw the hat rack in place.