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Title: Cutting mats?
Post by: gchappel on October 04, 2018, 06:56:32 PM
I am looking at getting a large cutting mat- roughly 4x6ft. 
Will be used for cutting paper, foam board, possibly canvas.
I would suspect 25-50 cuts a month, so low useage.
There seem to be two main types of self healing mats.
There are hard surface (self sealing) mats- which are more rigid and rugged.  Rhino mat is an example.
The other type is the more routine 3mm soft surface self-healing mat.
I will be cutting primarily with a scalpel or straight knife.
Any thoughts, specific brands, etc?
Thanks
Gary
Title: Re: Cutting mats?
Post by: Ken Doo on October 04, 2018, 07:31:05 PM
I think it is hard to beat the Rhino Mats.

ken
Title: Re: Cutting mats?
Post by: Jeffrey Saldinger on October 04, 2018, 07:34:57 PM
Iíve used Alvin cutting mats for decades, although smaller than what you require. The few times I've called them they were very helpful.

https://www.alvinco.com/Shop/Products.aspx?ST=cutting+mat&x=49&y=7
Title: Re: Cutting mats?
Post by: William Chitham on October 05, 2018, 06:21:46 AM
Another thing to consider is the surface "feel" of the mat. I just bought one of these: https://tinyurl.com/y7sbn5ls about 6'x4'which I suppose is the soft surface type and I'm pretty happy with it but the surface has a slight tack to it which means things don't slide around on it easily. I use the table for everything from paper cutting to framing to glass cutting and sometimes I think the tackiness is excellent, sometimes it is a pain.

William.
Title: Re: Cutting mats?
Post by: JimAscher on October 05, 2018, 11:54:46 AM
I've covered my whole cutting table with a rolling-chair floor mat acquired from Office Depot, and cut to size to fit the table's surface, placing it textured-side up.   Works fine for all my mat cutting with an Xacto (sp?) type blade cutter. 
Title: Re: Cutting mats?
Post by: gchappel on October 05, 2018, 01:06:44 PM
Thanks for the helpful guidance. 
I am leaning more towards the harder surface, just did not want to do anything more stupid than I usually do.
Gary