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Hanging My Hats Up April 13, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Home.

I bought a nifty selection of nice hats from various places (Head n’ Home being one) over the years, but I didn’t have a place to properly display them. My little house doesn’t have many places that would be good for the typical hall tree type hat rack and and those niches are already filled. I do have one space that is good for a horizontal rack but it was one of the rare situations where The Internets failed to offer up a good product for my need. Oh there’s plenty of stuff for baseball caps and the like but my collection is of the more wide-brim variety and nobody seems to design for that much anymore.

I mentioned this to my Dad a couple months ago and he offered to make me one. I drew up the basic design of a peg & shelf system that I had in mind with the basic dimensions derived from the hats and Dad modified a bit from that plan. He picked out some alder wood pieces, we decided what would be made from what and he got to work.

Aside from the pegs which I turned on his lathe he crafted, assembled and finished the whole thing. This weekend we installed it on the wall above my bedroom TV stand. It’s screwed directly into the studs of the wall with some brass screws and it looks fabulous.

This post topic presents a too-perfect segue into the next topic to pass up:  I’m hanging up this blog hat soon as well. As my 3 or 4 readers are well aware, my posts are few and far between these days and don’t really have that much in content anyway. I’m not sure at this point if it’s just going to be an extended hiatus, or a permanent bow-out. I’m leaning toward the latter. I still have a few posts before the final “Thanks & Goodbye” but I wanted to give y’all a heads-up about what is coming down the road in a bit.



1. Nicole - April 13, 2011

Very nice!

Sorry to hear about the coming Mitchell-free internet, but I understand. 🙂

2. LC Aggie Sith - April 14, 2011

Oh, those are some sexeh hats, Mitch.

I’m sorry to hear of your upcoming (permanent) hiatus. I enjoy your writing very much, and your observations in the world are witty and very sharp, not to mention you have given us a new verb, “Yorling” 😀

I will miss you terribly!!!

3. Mitchell - April 14, 2011

Oh, thanks y’all! You’re too kind.

4. JAM2 - April 15, 2011

it’s kind of odd saying “nice rack” to a guy…. however; nice rack.

re: permanent hiatus….
don’t quit…

Mitchell - April 15, 2011

nice rack

Heh. Thanks!

don’t quit…

Oh. Alrighty then.

5. LeeAnn - April 16, 2011

The black one with the studs is my favorite, and should you have a garage sale, put a reserved tag on it for me, won’t you?
If you depart, don’t hang up the “forever” sign. We want our hope.

6. Retired Geezer - April 16, 2011

Yeah, don’t quit. Keep the blog, just post when you want.

I like the hat rack.
It was great seeing you again for lunch.

7. Nicole - April 16, 2011

Hat fashion show. We demand a hat fashion show.

8. Lemur King - April 17, 2011

For what it’s worth, I’d rather have infrequent postings than none at all. I’m subscribed.

Never. Give. Up. Well, not unless you really really want to and we all give you permission.

BTW, what is the history on the top row hat, second from the right? Slick hat. Hat envy…

Mitchell - April 17, 2011

Ah, good eye there LK. That would be a black, soft felt fedora I bought in Carson City about…gosh must be 10 years or so ago. It actually started the whole collection. I’ll have to post a close up.

9. LC Aggie Sith - April 17, 2011

And I want to be the first moron to wish you a very, very happy birthday, Mitchell!!!

*squishy hugs and sloppy kisses*

If you want them in person, come for a visit!! 😀

Mitchell - April 17, 2011

Thank you very much Aggie! I’m gonna have to do a road-trip to Texas some day. That would be fun to do on a motorcycle I think. Hmmmm…

10. SOYLENT GREEN - April 17, 2011

AH, steampunk on top…as it should be. Nice work.

11. Mrs. Peel - April 19, 2011

Awesome hat rack! And happy belated birthday!

I’ve posted on my own blog maybe 5 times this year, if that. But I haven’t quite shut the blog down yet…I figure most people are subscribed on their RSS feed reader, so it’s not like anyone checks it daily hoping for a new post. (I hope…if so, I would feel guilty.)

12. Veeshir - April 19, 2011

Nice rack.
I like brimmed hats, I just look stupid in them.

I’ll miss you too.
Maybe you could co-bog somewhere?
Not Lemur King’s, I’m boycotting.

13. geoff - April 22, 2011

You can be like me: I’ve quit several times!!

You will still be hanging out at IB, though. Yes?

14. Mitchell - April 22, 2011

Oh yeah, I’ll be around. New update coming up.

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