Portable Craft Surface
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.
- Self-healing cutting mat
- A-grade 3/4-inch plywood (same size as cutting mat)
- Rubber weather stripping
- Barge cement
- Double-sided carpet tape
- EZ Glides
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you're finished using your portable craft surface, you can easily store it away in a closet or hang it on a hook.