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Fabric cutting board

My mom ask me to make a fabric cutting board for her so she can cut and refold fabric she gets for her sewing projects. I made it to her specs on where she wanted the fold lines and cutting guides. I made the main board out of select pine I got from the big box store and got real lucky because it was almost knot free. I use purple heart I got from rockler for the fold lines at 22 1/2" and 30" and 1/2" aluminum I epoxy into the v-grooves for her cutting guides at 20" and 22 1/2".

On the bottom I had a piece of 1"x 2 1/4"x 24 poplar that I cut down the middle for bracing and attaching some rubber feet on. I also did a few pocketholes plus the glue on the main cutting board.
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I am also in the middle of another one for my sister. Her boyfriend told me she wanted one to after seeing our moms. He got some select pine but wow it was knot city and if I tried to route the grooves for the fold and cut guides would had been a nightmare.

So I had some poplar I had saved up for another project and got part of it done plus I rub danish oil on the topside after trying it on a scrape piece and I like it. After I route the grooves for the cut lines and epoxy the 1/2 aluminum angle in and do the bracing on the bottom I will finish the whole thing with the danish oil and apply some clear poly on it then attach the rubber feet.
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I also made my mom some thread spindle /bobbin holders out of 3/4" birch plywood and 3/4" pine finger join boards that I cut down to 15"x 15" with 1/4"x 6" wooden dowels which my wife found at the dollartree for 15 in a pack for $1 which is heck alot cheaper than buying and cutting long dowels down. I am also going to make her some more for bigger spools and smaller spools of thread and bobbins.
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Interesting project. I am curious how she uses it. How does she use the aluminum pieces? Are they raised up so the scissors slide alongside them as they cut? I'm not quite following how it works for cutting. (I also sew and I am curious)
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Interesting project. I am curious how she uses it. How does she use the aluminum pieces? Are they raised up so the scissors slide alongside them as they cut? I'm not quite following how it works for cutting. (I also sew and I am curious)
They 1/2" aluminum angle epoxy into grooves I cut with a 3/4" 90 degree router bit. My mom works part time at walmart because she is bored :) and she is 80 :). She work in the craft section and they had a cutting table in their craft dept to cut fabric and she ask me to make her a smaller one.
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The cutting boards are 25"x 32". the reason the purple heart inlays on the board are at 22 1/2" and 30" is because bolts of fabric comes in the standard size of 45" and 60". And she buys it by the bolt and cuts it down to what she needs.

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well finish up my sisters cutting board. Used danish oil hit with spray poly.
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I like that. I used to watch mom cutting fabric and sewing. Looks like that would make great Christmas present.

Thank you.
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I thought people were switching to rotary cutters on ruled cutting mats.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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Those are very nice. Looks like mom raised a good son!
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I thought people were switching to rotary cutters on ruled cutting mats.
My spouse has used them longer than I have known her. Her father used them too. I first saw one about 30 years ago, and they have probably been around much longer.

The cutting boards shown above are normally used to guide the scissors when you cut a large piece of fabric from the large rolls from which they are sold. After you get the piece of fabric home, then you use the rotary cutters to cut the smaller pieces for the garment or project that you are making.

In woodworking terms, the cutting boards shown above would be like a panel saw at the lumber yard for cutting up 4 x 8 sheets. The rotary cutters on ruled cutting mats might be like the table saw you use to make pieces from a cut list. I admit, it is a weak analogy, but perhaps some of the woodworking people here can relate to it.
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My spouse has used them longer than I have known her. Her father used them too. I first saw one about 30 years ago, and they have probably been around much longer.

The cutting boards shown above are normally used to guide the scissors when you cut a large piece of fabric from the large rolls from which they are sold. After you get the piece of fabric home, then you use the rotary cutters to cut the smaller pieces for the garment or project that you are making.

In woodworking terms, the cutting boards shown above would be like a panel saw at the lumber yard for cutting up 4 x 8 sheets. The rotary cutters on ruled cutting mats might be like the table saw you use to make pieces from a cut list. I admit, it is a weak analogy, but perhaps some of the woodworking people here can relate to it.
I think this is a good analogy. My wife does this with her fabric, but she only buys the yardage she needs for the project at hand. So, when she purchases the yards from JoAnne's (or wherever), they cut the fabric on large tables as the OP built. Then my wife uses chalk and a cutting wheel to cut the fabric to what she needs. Now, if she were to buy the fabric by the bolt, having a table like this in the house would make it much easier for her to measure out the necessary yards and cut it quickly.


OP, those boards came out really nice. I'm sure your mom and sister will get good use out of them.
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Thanks for the comments and such and Quickstep yea she did even though I made her hair grey :)

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And my mom and sister buy the fabric by the bolt when it goes on clearance at JoAnns so thats why the cutting boards :)

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I saw the comments about the line cutting mat and rotory cutter and my mom and sis uses them also. My mom does alot of cutting for quilting and I watch her struggle cutting the squares oneday so I bought a small cutting mat and made basically a rotating cutting mat from a lazy susan fixture I had and she loved it. Now all she does now is just turn the whole thing without having to remove the fabric and realign it again on the lines.
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That is a cool idea, it sure beats having to walk around to the other side to cut in another direction. I like the boards you made also. Looking at all the thread, they must do some serious sewing.

My wife bought a sewing machine and wanted to make a couple of baby quilts for two of our great grandsons. I thought I would give sewing on a machine a try. It might look easy but it is far from easy. I have a new found respect for people who can make a quilt, it is not easy.
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Sewing all those little squares aligned so that the whole item is square seems like a big task.
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Yea my mom has a extreme sewing room :). She has a total of 5 different sewing machines that does different things with 4 that either uses a usb stick or connect dirrectly to a computer. Plus she has a large quilting machine still in the box that she is finally making room for to set up.

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Yea my mom has a extreme sewing room :). She has a total of 5 different sewing machines that does different things with 4 that either uses a usb stick or connect dirrectly to a computer. Plus she has a large quilting machine still in the box that she is finally making room for to set up.
Wow, she does have some serious machines. It is great that she has a fantastic hobby she loves. Sew is a lot of fun but it sure can be frustrating at times. Trying to get all the small blocks aligned perfectly is way beyond my patience level. lol
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Wow, she does have some serious machines. It is great that she has a fantastic hobby she loves. Sew is a lot of fun but it sure can be frustrating at times. Trying to get all the small blocks aligned perfectly is way beyond my patience level. lol
LOL well raising me and my 2 sisters especially me has taught her to be patience to the extreme :)
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