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Hat Block Maker

Finish, shape and size rough cut hat blocks into a specified contour.

What does a Hat Block Maker do?

Finishes, shapes, and sizes rough-cut hat blocks: Clamps rough-cut crown block in vise on workbench, and shaves and shapes top of block to specified contour with spokeshave. Removes block from vise and sets in gauge to determine height of crown. Judges crown of block for shape, and marks high spots to be removed. Sands sides of block to shape on curver sander. Measures block with steel tape to ascertain head size. Drives block onto taper chuck turning machine, using mallet. Starts machine and sands rotating block by hand.