However, that chair didn't make great use of the inherent elements of a crutch; namely, the long, graceful taper and vertical nature of the form. This hat rack is an attempt to make better use of those qualities. It uses three crutches with very little leftover; they cost five dollars at a local flea market. This design could be adapted to metal crutches, but I find the wooden ones to be more beautiful.
I built this in an afternoon with basic hand tools. Depending on whether you want to refinish the wood, it could take a little longer. All in all, it is a quick, easy build.
Step 1: Standin'
Disassemble the crutches completely. Set aside the bolts and fittings. Strip any foam or padding off of the armpit supports. Discard the handles. If you are planning to completely refinish the wood, sand now with 100 grit sandpaper. It is easier to do now, because after assembly, there will be a lot of awkward nooks and crannies that are difficult to get sanded well.
Measure the width of the armpit supports. Cut a piece out of the middle of one of the armpit supports at that length with a handsaw. Line up the pieces at ninety degrees to one another. Sand the finish away where the wood meets to ensure good adhesion. Apply some yellow wood glue and clamp the pieces together. Drill a pilot hole in from what will be the bottom of the stand and screw the pieces together with wood or coarse thread drywall screws.
Finish up by taking one of the "leg" pieces of the crutch (the long bottom piece with all the holes in it) and putting it between the four bent wood pieces. Reuse some of the bolts to attach it as shown; the existing holes can be used for the bolts in one direction, but the other axis will require new ones to be drilled right above or below the others.
Step 2: Base
Line up the two crosses, the base and the stand, and screw together as shown. It should now stand evenly on its own.
Step 3: Hooks
Toss some hats on there and pat yourself on the back . . . .