Next, to the laser! I cut out the shapes you see here. The largest pieces are out of 1/4" plywood, everything else is 1/8" plywood. You need two of everything for each hook (I did 5 hooks), and 6 of the little squares for each hook.
Ran the table router around the edge. Then, got the dado on the tablesaw to cut grooves for the coat hooks to sit. Turns out, it is much easier to run a couple passes to get the groove the exact width of the hooks, than trying to get the width of the dado blade to match the hooks width.
Make sure you make the grooves wide enough to fit your hats! My hats are pretty wide, so there's 10 inches between hooks.
I spray painted the hooks a brass color, then sprayed on black paint and quickly wiped it off with mineral spirits. Gives it an old patina'd look.
Make sure to pre-drill before screwing the tops on and the hooks to the base. The hooks can easily split if you don't pre-drill first.
ta-Da! Cheap, easy, and keeps your hats looking nice.
I made it at TechShop!