Wall Hat Racks

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Project by cmmyakman posted 02-23-2018 02:27 PM 1253 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t know I had so many hats until I finished this project. I first laid everything out in my CAD program. So I knew the lengths to make the planks, the spacing between the planks (so there would be equivalent gaps between the each of the racks on the walls) and the location of the Wood Shaker pegs along the planks (so they were evenly spaced).

The base planks were composed of 2 layers of 3/4 inch maple, eventually glued together. I recently went to Home Depot to get the maple and I don’t know about your store, but the ones around here have stopped selling maple lumber. I think they still sell walnut, oak, poplar and definitely pine. Fortunately, I had a long piece of bone dry 8/4 rough maple that I jointed, resawed and planed, all done by machine, but still a PIA compared to purchasing it from Home Depot. I had to use maple as the coat racks that are positioned underneath the new hat racks were made from maple a number of years ago and I wanted to keep the same look.

I purchased maple “3-1/2 inch Premium Maple Wood Shaker Pegs” from The Shaker pegs were $.30 each a little over 2 years ago, now they are $0.48 each. Which honestly is still a very good deal based on the quality of their product and the time it would take me to make one, never mind the 29 of them I need for the hat racks.

I cut slits in the dowel portion of the Shaker pegs and tapped wedges into the slots from the back to ensure the pegs didn’t come out over time. Chris Schwarz has a good video online for 2 ways of making wedges. I used his technique of using the band saw, but did it freehand (

I used these keyhole hangers from Amazon: ($27.20 for 100 of them) to hang the hat racks on the wall. Amazon doesn’t carry those specific keyhole hangers anymore, but these look similar: The keyhole hangers worked well and are quite robust. You need to be precise in matching the hole position with the screw on the wall for it to work properly.

General Finishes water-based “Espresso” colored stain for the Shaker Pegs (I wanted to match the black metal hooks on the copat rack and handles on the cabinets in the Mud Room). I used Minwax Prestain conditioner, then Minwax “Golden Oak 210B” stain on the maple planks. After I started doing the stain, it dawned on me that I should probably put tape on the top surface of the lower plank, an area where I wanted to apply glue to adhere to the back of the upper plank (which was never stained). So I had to carefully sand the center portion of the top plank after staining to ensure a good glue bond. After the plank glue-up, I applied a shellac finish later followed up with paste wax. It all came out fine in the end, but I’m not happy about the finish. I wish I had seen Boxguy’s recent entry regarding his tissue boxes ( ). Boxguy was kind enough to write down in detail his technique for finishing the tissue boxes and I think it is vastly superior to anything I have done up to now – look for it in the “Comments” section of the aforementioned project.

When I went to hang these new hat racks, I had to take the coats off of the rack located underneath so they didn’t get any dust on them. The coats had hidden so many of my hats that I was shocked at how many hats I owned and thought, “hey I’d like to wear this one” and “oh… so I didn’t lose it”, etc.

I’m glad I did the project and for the first time I can remember, this was a project that didn’t greatly exceed my expectations of the time it would take to complete.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 03:19 PM

Nice project. Looks good. Works great. Lotta words.

Nice to know: “3-1/2 inch Premium Maple Wood Shaker Pegs” from

Where’d you get the coat hooks?

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#2 posted 02-23-2018 03:34 PM

“Lotta words.” Ha! Yes, I think the post may have more written words than most. But, I in my defense I wanted to explain the project thoroughly in case someone wanted to duplicate it. I get a lot of ideas from this site and want to return the favor.

It was at least 5 or 6 years ago, but I think I got the coat hooks from Home Depot:

Looks like you can also get them from Amazon for a little less cost per each coat hook:

BTW – The coat rack is even easier to make and mount than the hat rack because you can screw directly through the maple planks of the coat rack to the underlying studs behind the drywall. Then you place a coat rack hook over that recessed screw secured to the stud and the coat rack hook covers that screw perfectly. The only issue is you have to be sure to figure out the location of the studs and make the spacing of the coat racks so that they line up and it doesn’t look haphazard.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 02-23-2018 04:39 PM

lotta words again (in good fun)! And thanks for that link to Amazon. This looks like a great quick hit’r.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#4 posted 02-23-2018 07:32 PM

Too many words?? Maybe too many hats….LOL My wife would kill me with that many hats….anyway nice project..

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#5 posted 02-23-2018 08:20 PM

Yakyman, Nice post. When you set about making a hat rack you are serious about it. So just how many hats can you put on these Shaker pegs? I like the look.

This link will take readers directly to my best explanation of how I apply finish to my boxes. I use patience and a 10 cent foam brush from Hobby Lobby.

(Lumber Jocks all speak two languages…words and pictures.)

Thanks for the shout out. Let me know how this finish technique works, or doesn’t work for you. I am always trying to improve my techniques and explanations.

-- Big Al in IN

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