How to Choose Cutting Mats

How to Choose Cutting Mats

If you're into DIY projects, hobbies or crafts you probably know how important it is to have the right tools. One of the essential tools that you should have in your arsenal is a good cutting mat. A cutting mat is a thick, durable mat that provides a protective surface for cutting with a craft knife or rotary cutter or just to protect the work surface of you shiny garage workbench. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of cutting mats and how to choose the right one for your needs.

Why Use a Cutting Mat?
There are several reasons why you should use a cutting mat when working on your projects:

Protects Your Work Surface
A cutting mat provides a protective surface for your work area be it a table or garage workbench. It prevents your tools or blade or rotary cutter from damaging your table or bench. It also protects your blades from dulling quickly, which can save you money in the long run when used for cutting materials.

Provides Accurate Cuts
A cutting mat has a grid pattern on it that helps you make precise cuts. The grid lines make it easy to measure and cut straight lines. This is especially important if you're working on a project that requires precise measurements.

Offers Versatility
Cutting mats come in different sizes, thicknesses, and materials. This means you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Whether you're working on a small project or a large one, there's a cutting mat that's perfect for you.

How to Choose the Right Cutting Mat
When choosing a cutting mat, there are a few things you should consider:

Size
Consider the size of your workspace and the projects you'll be working on. If you have a small workspace, you may want to choose a smaller cutting mat. If you're working on larger projects, you'll need a larger cutting mat. GTools garage workbenches range from 46cm to 60cm in depth so consider those limitations when selecting a mat to use with our products If working on our large 1.1M x 1.8M island bench then the largest mat is our A0 size, a big 120 x 90 cm mat.

Thickness
The thickness of a cutting mat can affect the accuracy of your cuts and protection for your worksurface. GTools mats are 3mm thick which is a good protection and easy to handle thickness. Thinner cutting mats are easier to cut through, but they may not provide as much protection for your work surface.

Material
Cutting mats are made from different materials, including plastic, vinyl, and self-healing materials. Plastic and vinyl cutting mats are affordable and easy to clean, but they may not last as long as self-healing mats. GTools use and recommend self-healing mats, they can last for years and are better at protecting your blades.

Conclusion
A cutting mat is an essential tool for anyone who does DIY projects and hobbies It provides a protective surface for your work area, helps you make accurate cuts, and offers versatility. When choosing a cutting mat, consider the size, thickness, and material to ensure you get the one that best suits your needs. With the right cutting mat, you'll be able to take your crafting and DIY projects to the next level.
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