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Old 05-21-2020, 11:27 AM
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My 1/2 inch thick wool mat arrived today. (30 x 30). It's actually a saddle/horse protector.

I want to cut it down. what can I use to do that?
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:05 PM
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I would more than likely use one of those "utility" knives. The utility knife has a handle so it would be safer and easier than lets say a single edge razor blade.
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I wonder if Office Depot or any of those print places would do it for you. They have those big machines that cut big reams of paper, business cards, invitations, etc.
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I'd use a carpet knife and a metal yardstick.....please be careful.
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I would clamp the metal ruler or straight edge to the mat so the utility knife will cut down in the same place each time. You could start it with a sharp rotary cutter but it will only cut down to about 1/4 inch I think.
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I didn't know any better, so I cut mine with my 60mm rotary cutter and a slide lock ruler. It had a new blade, and went through in 2 easy passes. My wool mat was also 1/2" thick
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I drew lines on mine with a marker, then held it so that one line was parallel to the edge of my desk, but protruding over in to the open space. Then I used a long sharp knife to saw up and down along the line. Worked really easily to cut it. I cut mine in to 4 - 15 x 15 pieces.
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My first thought was don't cut it. My mat is the 18 x 24 and quite often I wish it were bigger.
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Old 05-25-2020, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by mindless View Post
I didn't know any better, so I cut mine with my 60mm rotary cutter and a slide lock ruler. It had a new blade, and went through in 2 easy passes. My wool mat was also 1/2" thick
I just cut mine with a 60 mm rotary cutter. It went a lot better after I put a new blade in the cutter!

I marked it with a felt tip pen and used a metal yardstick to cut against.

Thank you for the suggestions!

I also made a "pillowcase" for it out of muslin. It does smell a little "different" when used - but then so do cutting mats.
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Bear, one of my cats uses mine to sleep on when I'm not using it lol.
She loves it! My other cat hasn't noticed it or doesn't care for it.
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