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Project by sgtq posted 02-28-2011 06:50 AM 18388 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of My buddies asked me to make them hat press’s for their drill sergeant campaign hat’s, These hats are made of felt and they warp whenever the weather changes, as ambassadors of our army to our newest recruits it is imperitive that they always bear the resemblance of perfection. The Project pic is of my finished hat press after a couple of prototypes to work out the design, The first pic in the gallery (the one with the hat inside) is my first attempt and I used it to work out the kinks, it is still functional but I improved upon it with my final product. I built this using 1/2 inch baltic birch plywood framed by black walnut. I used brass hinges in the back and a brass window clasp in the front (a window clasp because it applies more pressure when the hat is inside and wont come undone). The total press is about 15 3/4 all around and about an 1 3/4 thick. The bottom walnut is

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lilredweldingrod

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 08:00 AM

Nice work, Stephen. The Walnut and the brass really set it off. You ought to have some real happy DI’s. Maybe a little brass plaque with their name and rank?

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 08:40 AM

Nice, but why a square hole for the crown?

You think you DIs have it tough? Ever try keeping a highland drum major’s uniform looking trim and neat!

My dress uniform was worth close to $25,000 all told, and parts of it were over a century old.

It included:

Kilt
Plaid (that cape-like thing over the shoulder)
Dress jacket
Dress horsehair sporran (the hairy “purse” that hangs in front of the kilt, it replaces pockets)
Dirk (the long, fancy dagger worn on the belt)
Skean dhu (the smaller fancy dagger worn in the top of the sock)
Claymore (basket hilted sword)
Busby (bearskin bonnet) (some regiments wear a feathered bonnet instead)
Lovett hose (knee high socks) (some regiments wear Argyle pattern)
Hose garters (ornate ribbon knotted in a bow to hold up the socks, the ends of which hang partway down the sides)
Spats
Sash (worn across the chest, it has the regimental battle honors embroidered on it in gold thread)
Dress brogues (shoes)
Mace (carried in the hand, it is used to pass commands to the band while marching and playing)
Gauntlets (long cuffed white leather gloves)
Bandsman’s leather belt (about 2 1/2 inches wide)
Dress bandsman’s buckle (silver plated)

It took me a half hour just to get into all this! (grin)

By the way, my kilt was nine pounds of hand woven wool. Imagine wearing that on a 5 mile parade in 90 degree weather! You pray for a breeze!

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steliart

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 10:25 AM

Strange project, but nicelly done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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MasterSergeant

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 03:18 PM

I still have my DI hat, memories just flashed through my head of Ft Ord, CA 1970-1971 ;-)

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 04:54 PM

very cool project. i too have to wonder why its a square hole and not a round one?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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sgtq

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 05:57 PM

I cant really say why a square hole instead of a round one, except that it still remains functional as the hat brim always warps at the edges, you also dont need to place the hat in the press perfectly, as you would with a oval hole shaped to the hat it gives you a little room to wiggle. @lilredweldingrod I wanted them to be able to be able to hand over the hat press maybe even resell it after they are done with their two year tour, But If they stated they wanted to keep it to preserve their campaign hat I would have definitly done something more personel with it. Thank you everyone for your comments.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 03-01-2011 06:36 AM

Very nicely done. It looks like it will work well for its intended purpose. Thanks for posting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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lilredweldingrod

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#8 posted 03-01-2011 07:11 AM

For those with the inquiring mind…..Round might denote a Jarhead and they are Army…..I don’t know, but it sounded good to me. lol

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skayew

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#9 posted 05-28-2012 02:41 PM

Our son is graduating from drill sergeant school in a month. His father want to make him a hat press. I was wondering if you could give me the dimensions of the one you made. Did you cover the insider with felt? Thanks so much. Yours is very nice.

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sgtq

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#10 posted 05-29-2012 11:27 AM

Skayew, I apologize but I do not remember the dimensions used, I took a friends hat and basically cut the wood so it would overlap the brim by about an inch and a half if I remember correctly, and I did not cover the inside with felt, sorry this wasnt much help but congratulations on your sons graduation and good luck with the press.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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sgtq

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#11 posted 05-29-2012 11:29 AM

I think it was 15 3/4 squared

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