Sanding felts

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Emilis, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. Emilis

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    Hello everyone!

    Does anyone know if you can do the sanding process (with a sander) with any sort of felt, or just top-notch (like rabbit or beaver) to get the skin-like texture?
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    Thank you in advance for the answer!
     
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  2. belfastboy

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    If you google Art Fawcett, YouTube there is a 30 minute video. It condenses his entire process of making a fedora into a 30 minute clip. I have never worked with anything but fur. Wool felt is cheap I suggest you dive into the deep end and find out. I only use hand sanding as time is not an issue and I love the work of sanding a felt...it has a meditative/therapeutic quality to it.
     
  3. AeroFan_07

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    Hello and welcome to the Fedor Lounge - this should go into the Hats section - this is Outerwear section...maybe the Moderators can move it. Just want to help you get the best help possible! :)
     
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  4. Emilis

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    You are right! Only after I posted it I realised that it's in the wrong section..
     
  5. Emilis

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    Could you please tell me which sand paper do you use and why?
     
  6. You can’t learn hat making from internet chats and videos. You should apprentice with a good hat maker and learn the craft the right way. If you just want to be a hobbyist hack then that another thing altogether.

    A good place to start is reading
    Scientific Hat Finishing And Renovating: A Complete And Profusely Illustrated Course Of Instruction (1919).
     
  7. belfastboy

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    Yes, There are lots of places selling it online but you can get it as a free download...PDF format.
     
  8. T Jones

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    A "hobbyist hack"?! Hey! I resemble that remark!
     
  9. belfastboy

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    The lightest I can find around here is 600grit. Some hatters use even finer but I find the 600 is okay...…. then I use an orange hat sponge to finish the felt.
     
  10. jlee562

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    If you spend some time digging around the forum, there are some good posts...

     
  11. belfastboy

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    I wear my 'hackness' with pride!
     
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