|Roughed up surface of plastic cutting mat|
Also, at about 12" x 24" (30.48 x 60.96 cm) it often left us desiring more real estate to work on. It got us by, but for longer cuts we'd have to make a partial cut, then shift the material along the mat to finish the cut. It works, but when making a lot of books, we found that it quickly becomes tedious.
Our other mat (discussed below) is designed for rotary blades and not fixed blades, so we still use the plastic mat to cut bookboard, which we cut with a fixed blade -- that is, when we're not cutting our bookboard with a table saw. (Bookboard is the hard inner "core" of hard cover books, sometimes called chipboard, or davey board. More on this when we get to materials.)
|Olfa's self-healing surface stays quite smooth|
It's also great for how smooth it has remained after many thousands of cuts on it with a rotary blade. It does not work well with a fixed blade, as the fixed blade leaves a definite mark, and we would likely shred up the surface in short time if using fixed blades on it regularly. But, to ensure it lasts, we don't used fixed blades on it at all.
Alvin makes mats they advertise as self-healing for both rotary and fixed blades, which would be great. They also come in several different sizes, even as large as 4' x 8' (1.22 x 2.44 m).
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