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post #1 of 8 Old 11-16-2011, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Cowboy hat turning??

As anyone turned a hat using "green" wood?
I would like to know any way used to size the hat that allows for the shrink to oval that occurs?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-16-2011, 11:05 PM
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There are some instructions floating around on the web. Do a search. Johannes Michelson is the Hat man. He has a video out on how to make them. It's excellent.
I have tried to make one. I didn't have the excellent video and made a few mistakes. It cracked as I was shaping it and I had to toss it. Haven't had the time or the wood to try another one.
If your serious about turning one get his video. It's worth it.
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Here is a link to his site and the video
http://www.woodhat.com/video.asp
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Thanks. I have added his link to my iPad and will look into getting the video. It looks like fun but I didn't want to make a hat that does not fit.
I have a supply of cherry that would be good.
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short answer if I remember correctly. He measures across the head and front to back and then averages these two. It's a side grain piece so it will warp into an oval and fit your head. Or you could do like we did in basic training. Get your boots wet and wear them until they dry and fit your feet. :)
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When I think about it, the long grain direction of the head opening will not change. This means the diameter would have to be the distance from front to back of the headband. Then I guess you hope the side shrinkage makes the whole hat fit.
I gather that he has some technique from experience that lets the hat brim and crown acquire the desired shape?
Maybe the DVD or seminar would be wise.?
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I have done a few, found most of the techniques on internet. For sizing, average the front - back with side - side measurements of your head then add 3/4". Make the outside diameter of the band area this measurement. That number is based on the hat band being 1/8" thick and the shrinkage taking up 1/2". The rest of hat should be less than 1/8" thick (3/32" is about right).

You will need to enhance the oval some (or a lot depending on head shape) with a jig or clamps while it is drying. It is a fun project but expect a few failures along the way.
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Thanks.
I have been trying to find a source for the Michelsen range rider DVD in Canada?
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