Jan 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm #1268403
For a couple of years now I have been using plastic topped tables like this one for cutting fabric with a rotary cutter.
Works well and the tables are pretty cheap if you wait for a sale.Jan 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm #1689892
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
It doesn't get all "carved up"?Jan 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm #1689908
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Use the cheapest ping-pong tables I can find, partly becasue they are 60" wide.
After a while they sag toward the middle and have to be replaced.
Wish I could find one with that cutting board type plastic.
And I use very sharp scissors, because I can zip them right along the cut line.
Guess a hot knife is best, but the good ones are quite espensive. So I just melt the edges slightly with a BIC lighter.Jan 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm #1689990
Yes, the table does get cuts in it but I don't care and it hasn't affected future use of the rotary cutter on the table.
I don't do that many projects. If one was in the business I would guess that the table would get pretty cut up and not be useable.
For my use, however, I think the table should last a lifetime.Jan 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm #1689991
Hey, a ping pong table would be a perfect size given the typical 60" width of fabric. Thanks for the tip.Jan 30, 2011 at 6:23 am #1690054
@fredmax56Locale: New England
southstarsupply.com sells cutting mats as large as 47 by 95 inches. They are not cheap but they look like would work well. I do not have any connection to South Star except I have purchased from them in the past.
FredJan 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm #1690141
I took a closer look at the table that I have cut on for a couple of years. I can see the scratches in good light but they are so shallow I can't even feel them when I rub my fingers over them.
DarylJan 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm #1690143
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Thanks Daryl. That's impressive, especially as you mentioned – for the small-time MYOG'ers (especially like me!) who don't make tons of gear.
would make a great father's day gift from my kids!
ToddJan 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm #1690152
Walmart is stocking a mat similar to the large Elnas, the 24×36" jobs for ~$25 a piece.
I built my cutout table out of two framed 4×8 pieces of cabinet grade 3/4" plywood. Ending with an 8×8 space, elevated on cinder block. High enough to work around but low get on top for doing layout for quilts.
I recommend buying those small mats and sticking them together in whatever size you need, painters tape will hold them together easily. These soft mats don't dull blades as quickly as the big white ones. However, I've found I use the exacto knife or utility knife blades more than rotary, since you can't cut cuben with the rotary blades very well.Jan 31, 2011 at 6:52 am #1690444
@leadfootLocale: Middle Virginia
I use a similar table I bought from Office Max. If you have a JoAnn's nearby, you can get the cutting mats and rotary cutters cheap if you have a 50% or 40% coupon…which is always around weekly. I bought some 5" bed risers from Bed, Bath and Beyond ( they have 7" as well) to raise the table so my back doesn't get tired. It works great. Get a couple of the tables and put the mats together and it makes for a good table…easy to store. Mine has folding legs. Costco also sells these tables, but a different brand. Those tables come in different sizes,and widths as well.Jan 31, 2011 at 7:25 am #1690452
@joshleavittLocale: Ruta Locura
McMaster-Carr part #85585K27 works well, and they last a very long time. Polycarbonate tops are used on comercial XY CNC rotary cutter tables.Jan 31, 2011 at 7:27 am #1690454
@brendansLocale: Fruita CO
Rhino mats are very reasonably priced. http://www.speedpress.com/cuttingmats
I recently bought a 2'x4' for $25.Feb 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm #1690996
@sclittlefieldLocale: Northern Woods of Maine
I love a really large cutting mat, but they're so expensive, over $100 – here's another great alternative:
HDPE sheet is what most of the very large cutting mats are made from – this is the same thing without the "cutting mat" label – at a much better price. I've got a 4'x8' sheet, as well as (2) 2'x4' sheets. 1/16" is plenty thick if you're putting it on a flat surface. Go it 1/8" maybe if you're going to use it on the rug. Put a note in your order to have them "Roll to Ship" – a full sheet can be rolled and shipped UPS for a fair price, rather than have it sent flat by Freight Truck (much more expensive).
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