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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!

Street Pricing (Rotary Cutting Mats) [Froogle]
40% Off Single Item Coupon ‘Till Feb. 10 [Hobby Lobby]
Store Locations [Hobby Lobby]


5 Responses to Deals: Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat for Under $25

  1. nrChris says:

    I use a smaller version of this for precision photo cutting and matte cutting. My problem is that I have a hard time holding cloth items flat against the board. Maybe my cutting board is too small.

    I tried cutting tyvek sheet and it was tedious holding the piece down onto the mat and my cuts were not as straight as I would have liked. I wound up marking the pieces up with a square and using scissors to make nice cuts.

    (The tyvek can be riveted together with washers and creates incredibly durable bags, tool holsters, etc.)

  2. Randy says:

    To make straight cuts on fabric, hold the edge down with a metal yardstick. Run the rotary cutter along the metal edge.

  3. Tom says:

    I use my wife’s mat all the time, but she treats it worse then I do. It has all kinds of gashes in it from repeated cuts in the same spot. They are healing, but only to an extent.

  4. SuperJdynamite says:

    I discovered rotary cutters a year ago and immediatly my life was better.

  5. dan says:

    Yeah, Randy has it down. To cut fabric, you need a big, flat ruler. Seamstresses like my mom use a huge one, which is basically a rectangular piece of clear lucite with ruler marks on it. With that securing the one side of the fabric, you can get thread-accurate cuts down the length of your fabric using a rotary cutter.

    It is cold here in ND. -12 degrees this morning. And that’s my camera hacking table ;). I’m working on interfacing my GPS receiver connected to my camera. The picture was taken moments before covering the table in scrap electronic gear.

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