You can make any sturdy tabletop into a cutting table with an extra layer of protective cork. The cork will provide a surface that is not permanently harmed by a cutting blade. Also, you can pin down your fabric so it won't move out of place while you mark and cut it. Mark any type of measurements you desire right on the table and replace the cover anytime it gets too marked up.
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Things you need
- Sturdy craft table
- Corkboard roll
- Heavy duty scissors
- Cement or glue liquid adhesive
- Masking tape
Purchase or assemble a craft table. If you are building the table yourself, consider the dimensions of the space it will need to fit and the dimensions of any doorframes it must pass through. If you want a table with dimensions too large to fit through a doorway, build it inside the room you need it in. If you are purchasing a table, make sure it is sturdy and will not shake or collapse beneath movement. In order for your cuts to be straight, you need a sturdy table that does not move. Use a table large enough to spread out a 45-inch wide piece of fabric with enough room to pin it down. "Not Martha" suggests a table length of between six and eight feet for easy cutting. The table should come to a comfortable height based on your preference.
Measure the surface space of your craft table. Purchase a roll of corkboard. The corkboard should be between ¼ and ½ inches thick. Get enough to cover the entire surface of the table. Cut the corkboard to size so that it just meets the edges of the table but doesn't overlap them. Lay the pieces of corkboard on the table and if necessary fit together the edges so it appears as if it's a seamless tabletop. Use wood glue or any other strong adhesive to glue the corkboard into place on the tabletop. According to "Not Martha," most fabric shop cutting tables are lined with ½-inch thick corkboard. It needs to be thick enough so your blade will not nick the wood of the table and allow pins to be easily stuck into the cork.
Cover the corked table with muslin fabric or brown paper. Secure it with masking tape just underneath the tabletop. Lay a yardstick along the edges of the table. Use a marker to mark and label measurements for convenience when cutting fabric. You can mark any type of measurements you want from feet to millimetres if preferred.
Replace the paper or fabric cover as it acquires wear and tear. Your round cutting blades will leave cuts and when they become bothersome or numerous simply replace the cover. Also replace the cover to adjust the measurement markings if you find that a different number set is more useful for your projects.
Tips and warnings
- In place of corkboard you can use self healing cutting mats that have grid and measurement markings already on them. It is not necessary to cover the corkboard with anything. If you prefer the raw cork, just use that as your table surface.
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