Hat Block Maker

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

Salary Range
$20,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hat Block Makers 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.

Should I be a Hat Block Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Hat-Block Bench Hand

    How to become a Hat Block Maker

    Most Hat Block Makers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:95aaaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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