In Which the Boy Scout Handbook Comes in Handy

Homemade hat rackThe Problem

I have quite the collection of hats and caps, which until now I’ve kept in a drawer. But since it was my desire to hang them somewhere I could see them, I bought some great laundry hook clips on Amazon and attempted to McGyver a place to hang them using items I already had at home. But—alas—I soon discovered that I didn’t have an extra clothes hanging rod on hand.

The Solution

While I looked at the existing clothes rod in my closet, the thought came to me: You could lash a perpendicular spar to the top of the clothes rod!

And in my memory arose an image of photocopied pages of knot-tying instructions from the Boy Scout Handbook that I had studied in my youth for my 4-H horsemanship projects, several of which dealt with various types of lashing.

So, thanks to this great online tutorial on making a square lashing, and using what I believe to be a former toilet plunger handle, I created a homemade hat and cap hanging rack in my closet.

I think I just leveled up in McGyver-style home project skills.

Square lashing of wooden dowel to clothes rod

Square lashing of wooden dowel to clothes rod

Square lashing of wooden dowel to clothes rod

 

Homemade hat rack

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