In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Celebration I decided to post a simple project I made a few years ago for my Father in law. He served in the US Marine Corps in Korea and worked for many years at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He started collecting hats from the ships he worked on which led to any Navy ships and has amounted to over 100 hats. The ship is the USS JULIUS A FURER (FFG-6) and was a Frigate in the United States Navy. For the record it was decommissioned in 1988 and sold to Pakistan in 1989. You can learn more about the FFG-6 here. You will note that the hats on the rack are all from Aircraft Carriers not Frigates. They include (left to right) the USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), USS CORAL SEA (CV-43), USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), USS KITTY HAWK (CVN-63), USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) and the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71).
The hat rack is just a silhouette of the ship cut out of 3/4″ white pine. I added 3 1/2″ shaker pegs to hang the hats on then painted it haze gray. I found a picture on the web and used it to create the silhouette. Using the Grid Method I described in an earlier post, I enlarged the pattern to fit on a 1″ x 12″ piece of pine. Extra care was necessary when cutting out around the antennas and gun barrels. Other that that, it was a very easy project to make.