Dan writes: “Nobody knows precise cutting work better than seamstresses. They’ve developed a lot of specialized tools, and this (and the attendant rotary cutter) are my favorites. What is it? It’s a self-healing plastic mat that you cut things on. It’s ruled, angled, lightweight, thin, durable, and the perfect thing to cover that tabletop you’d otherwise gouge up cutting things you’re not supposed to. The only problem is that they’re normally quite expensive — like $40-for-a-sheet-of-plastic expensive. Luckily, Hobby Lobby has a 40% off a single item coupon from today until February 10. That means you can get this sweet pad for less than $25.”
Indeed, it appears that Dan’s dead on in terms of price. Froogle turns up only tiny mats for less than $40.
This looks like it’d be sweet to throw on a workbench or worktable at home. In fact, considering the multimeter to the left of the mat in Dan’s workspace — thanks for the photo, Dan! — it appears that he does far more than cut fabric and paper there as well.
And it looks like it’s colder there than here in Texas today. We’re supposed to hit 70-degrees. Maybe well spend the afternoon in the shop!