The wooden hat block
is a thing of the past!  


ATTENTION: Due to potential shock hazard we have discontinued felt finishing shoes for the Black & Decker Mouse and 1/4 Sheet square sander polishers, in favor of the safer battery powered RYOBI Corner Cat. If you have felt finishing shoes for the 120 volt Black & Decker sanders, we will gladly replace them with finishing shoes for the RYOBI Corner CatTM.... free of change.

The RYOBI Corner CatTM is powerful and dependable and is available at most home improvement centers.  We purchased ours for The Home Depot.  It costs under $30.00, but if you don't have other RYOBI tools that use the 18v battery, you will need a battery and charger at additional cost.

If you continue to use your 120 volt sander, PLEASE use a Ground Fault Interrupt (GFI) circuit or purchase a GFI Adaptor that to avoid "Shock Hazards" when using electricity near moisture.  The adaptor is usually on an extension cord and can be used at any outlet.  Adaptors cost about $28.00.

GFI's are designed to give you an extra level of protection wherever there is a danger of short-circuits occurring, particularly areas with moisture present: bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, outdoors and in greenhouses. In essence it is a small circuit breaker, more sensitive and quicker responding to a short-circuit than your main circuit breaker box in your house. If a short-circuit occurs they will not necessarily prevent you from getting a shock but will limit it's duration to a fraction of second. Whenever using electrical appliances near water it's wise to insulate yourself from the current by wearing good quality rubber gloves (thick ones) and rubber based shoes. Don't become a live wire! ;-)

If you have an outlet that is your primary site for using an electric sander for felting, then the easiest solution is to replace your existing outlet with a GFI. If you've done some wiring before then this is a simple procedure, and the GFI comes with installation instructions. FOLLOW THEM! ALWAYS make certain that the power to the outlet is turned OFF before you do any work on it. If you don't feel confident installing a GFI then find someone to help you or hire a licensed electrician.

If you'd like to have a portable setup which you can use wherever you want then you can make an extension cord with a GFI outlet on it's end. Please use a good quality extension cord (minimum of 12 gauge wires) and cut off the outlet end, replacing it with a `gang box' (this is a small, electrically grounded case which holds an outlet) into which you install a GFI outlet. Again, if you've done a bit of wiring this is an easy job. Otherwise find someone to assist you if you lack the experience. A worthwhile project for the additional safety it provides.


1. After you wet the wool initially, place a screen or layer of meshed fabric over your fiber and then soak up the excess water by laying a terry cloth towel on top of the screen. Make sure you are using only slightly damp wool, not very wet. Most feltmakers use very little water anyway, this is usually not a problem. Just sop up any excess moisture with a towel. You shouldn't see water around your hand when you press down on the wool. But the wool shouldn't look dry and fluffy either. You can get it too dry to make felt. You will know if you have too much water as it will spray up into the air. Just stop and soak up a bit more water before continuing to use the felting foot

2. The sander is double insulated, so the water cannot get easily up to the motor from the flat face of the sander. But it can spray up into the motor through the air holes on top of the sander if you have too much water. If your water is spraying up, use a towel to sop up some of the excess moisture.

3. You can wear rubber soled shoes or stand on a rubber pad to help protect yourself.   Let someone know what you are doing and where and ask them to check on you now and again.