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Project

Portable Craft Surface

Introduction

This portable craft surface will not only protect your table, but also give you two sides to work on: a self-healing cutting board for paper crafts and a wood side, which will come in handy when you're working with a glue gun or grommeting.

Materials

  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • A-grade 3/4-inch plywood (same size as cutting mat)
  • Rubber weather stripping
  • Barge cement
  • Brush
  • Handle
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Double-sided carpet tape
  • EZ Glides

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Attach rubber weather stripping around the edges of the plywood to ensure that the board won't scratch your table. To do this, apply Barge cement to the wood with a brush. Once the glue dries, peel off the paper backing of the stripping and press it down in place.

  2. Step 2

    To make the craft surface portable, add a handle to it. Make sure the seam is where the two ends of weather stripping meet so that it's hidden underneath. Place the handle centered over the seam of the weather stripping and mark the screw holes with an awl. Use a screwdriver to attach. Martha put the handle on the short end of the portable craft surface. For a larger craft surface, it might be easier to carry the board if the handle is placed on one of the longer ends.

  3. Step 3

    Attach the cutting mat. Use double-sided carpet tape to attach the cutting mat to one side of the plywood. Outline the edges of the board with the tape and also make an X in the middle so the cutting board won't buckle.

  4. Step 4

    The final step is to add some EZ Glides to the wood side of the craft surface. The EZ Glides will protect your table from getting scratched. Martha used small ones, which are 5/8-inch circles, so that they cover up too much of the work surface.

  5. Step 5

    When you're finished using your portable craft surface, you can easily store it away in a closet or hang it on a hook.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (14)

  • 15 Feb, 2009

    You will be redoing that adhesive since rubber cement tends to let go as it dries out i have found that it lst about a year then things tend to fall off.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Sorry guys, I goofed. The mat I purchased at Michaels was for the OLGA rotary cutter only! What you need to find is a self healing mat that is good for all kinds of cutters.

    B

  • 14 Aug, 2008

    You can find the self healing mat at any Michaels. Use the 40 % off coupon though because they cause 28.00 where I live.

    I wish the instructions were a little better on the show and on the website, I ruined a perfectly good piece of birch when the cut should have been 20 x 26 as the lady said earlier. At any rate, the project did turn out great! I used the rubber cement because the double sided tape was too buliky and the mat would not lie flat. I love this project!

  • 14 Aug, 2008

    I admit that I get a little frustrated with Martha's instructions...sometimes the equipment or tools are a bit exotic and I wish they would offer alternatives.
    And the instructions are not always as good as they should be. I wasted a perfectly good piece of birch because I had it cut 18 x 25 as she instructed on tv when it should have been 20 x 26.

    Nevertheless, I finally finished it and it is a great project. So, I guess all is well that ends well. I used the rubber cement because the double sided tape would not let my met lay flat. Also, I got my mat from Michaels and used their 40% off coupon.
    B

  • 25 Jul, 2008

    Homosote i more light weight than plywood

  • 16 Jun, 2008

    In the show segment, Martha said to get an 18 x 24 cutting mat. Then get birch plywood and cut it to the same size. When I got home and placed the mat on the plywood, it didn't fit. You actually have to cut the plywood to 20 x 26. Also I found the mat where Martha sell her products at Michaels.

  • 11 Feb, 2008

    Be careful when y9u buy a mat; not all are self-healing. I agree they are pricey but our local crafts store (Michaels) has coupons. The ones at Walmart are a lot cheaper, but ARE NOT self-healing.

  • 1 Feb, 2008

    Barge glue: another "brand" is Shoe Goo. Small tubes can be found at hardware stores (or athletic shoe stores). Often used by shoe repairers, and theatre set builders, and.... It's a thick, gooey kind of rubber cement that holds better than Gorilla glue.

  • 26 Jan, 2008

    I found my self healing mat at Joann fabrics and barge cement at Ace hardware.

  • 26 Jan, 2008

    I found my self healing mat at Joann fabrics and barge cement at Ace hardware.

  • 6 Jan, 2008

    The printed instructions should match the show. What is this business in step 4 with making an X. An X where...cut into the cutting mat?? scratched into the board? Made with carpet tape...Martha didn't make an X with the carpet tape. And let's talk ingredients..what is this with Barge cement? Barge is a brand name for leather gluing. Could find it on eBay, but not in local stores.

  • 2 Jan, 2008

    Check out Hancocks-Paducah.com or your local Joanns fabric

  • 2 Jan, 2008

    You can usually find these particular mats at Walmart, or just about any fabric stores.

  • 1 Dec, 2007

    Martha once gave a source for her self-healing cutting mats, what was it? I have been unable to find the self-healing kind locally.