Cutting Matt. Protect your work surface

Fri, 11 Sep 2009

You can protect your work top by covering it with a thick layer of newspapers but after three or four cuts the paper will be looking pretty mangled. If you are doing any more than a little cutting then cutting mats are essential. The self healing surface of a cutting mat mean that they last for ages. 

Cutting mats don't react well to heat though. Don't lean them up against a radiator or stand your coffee on them.



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Comments (2)

  • mflynn August 3, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I used my old neoprene mouse

    I used my old neoprene mouse pad as a firm cushion under the paper during scoring and found that it also works as a cutting mat.

    Michael Flynn

  • jstormes April 24, 2016 at 8:24 am

    It’s worth mentioning that

    It's worth mentioning that cutting mats are much better for your knife than cutting on a hard surface. The tip of a blade is the most useful part, and it won't be blunted if it goes into a cutting mat.

    You can buy A4 size mats very cheaply – our local pound shop often has them.

    John Stormes

    Good tip! Thanks John – RI

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