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What do you do? Duck tape?
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Date: 1/6/12 10:46 AM

My large Ominigrid rotary cutting board broke during our recent move. It is split half way down at the 2 inch mark on one side & about 6 inches on the other side maybe a total of 4 or 5 inches down. Trying to think of how to repair it so I can still use it. DH says Duck tape should work. ??? What do you think? Any suggestions to repair & keep it usable ? I use the measurements for cutting fabric, that is how I was taught to do it so I need the edges. ...
Many thanks!!!

To add it is expensive to replace it that is why I hope I can fix it.
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Date: 1/6/12 1:36 PM

I'd say it's worth a try - if it doesn't work, you can always remove it. I'd also suggest adding something thin over the crack (at least by the edge) like cardboard or maybe tin to act as a splint/support to help keep it together.

Some have used packing tape on the back side to keep multiple boards together to make a larger board, perhaps packing tape might work better?

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Date: 1/6/12 2:17 PM

My first thought was super glue. If you go from the backside and can wiggle the cracks just a bit you could work some into the crack. It should hold if the mat is flat most of the time. I have to move mine off the cutting table that's why I say that.

My first thought with the duct tape is it's going to keep the mat from laying completely flat, even though it's relatively thin.

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Date: 1/6/12 2:20 PM

Hmmmm ... yes mine has to be moved too after each use.

Packing tape ?? I will think of this too but not flat that might change the way fabric lies too.

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Date: 1/6/12 2:35 PM

I don't speak from experience but recall that some years ago, a THREADS reader sent her tip for such instances: She recommended the glue used for artificial nails as it did leave the plastic as is (= clear), could be applied very thinly (no residues), and held strongly. Perhaps others on PR can chime in with experience?

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Date: 1/6/12 3:58 PM

"I use the measurements for cutting fabric" It's funny how different people learn things. I have no use for the measurement on the cutting board I do all my measuring with 2 6" by 24" rulers. Sometimes I may used them if cutting stuff for paper piecing when it doesnt' have to be exact. I think the super glue or nail glue is a good idea. The duct tape if you run a cutter through it will get all yucky after a time. But if you go with the duct tape check out home depot they have it in lots of colors.

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Date: 1/6/12 4:06 PM

One of my smaller mats had a crack because I used it on the soft ironing board instead of a hard surface. I put a piece of duck tape over it and it works fine, I can't feel it at all. The duck tape is on the back side.

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Date: 1/6/12 4:11 PM

I have a huge one sitting stored under my bed (they only place I find to put it safe, flat out) but I really almost never use it. But I heard once,someplace, that if you can put it flat someplace, like maybe out in the hot sun, or in a bath tub full of hot water, that might soften it up some, in case of no longer flat anymore. That might help to try get it flatter, before you try to duct tape it from behind or glue it or whatever. Some clear duct tape, has reinforcing fibers woven through it. Those cutting board things, when really large, are really expensive. I think I paid even more than $50 to $60 for my really huge one, and at that point I think it was actually on sale at maybe 1/2 off or such.

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Date: 1/6/12 5:26 PM

It sounds like you have the large size too, yes pricey even on sale. I think I used a coupon when I bought it originally.

What would you guys think of the gorilla glue? ........
Where do you find "artificial nail" glue? I do not use polish, makeup etc so I would not know where it is...??? Do you have to go like a Cosmotology place or ???

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Here comes the big 60! OH MY!

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Hello Kitty Kate (green), Hello Kitty Valerie, Dottie Kenmore, Bubba Kenmore the traveler,has case does travel.
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Date: 1/6/12 5:54 PM

I think you might need something reinforcing and fiberous past the split places to keep it held. Or as soon as it gets flexed, or over time, it might not hold anymore.

Even all that fingernail patching glue is like that, and most of that stuff is just really almost the same or the same as all Super Glue. It might hold a crack along a nail for a few days, but without something else as in a more fiberous nature under it, it never holds for me, very long, even on a fingernail for more than a week or so, sometimes even way less. But, if instead I also use some coffee filter paper or maybe a some woven silk fabric (made especially for nails) incorporated into at least the finger nail patching event, things do hold quite a bit longer. Stuff made for patching finger nails though, is probably too expensive, used in bulk, to use on that big board. Maybe check out stuff made to be used to patch fiberglass instead or auto stuff? Also if you had an old iron, that you were not worried about wrecking, may be you could even try to iron on some kind of woven and stronger bonded fabric or substrate to the back of the cracks, but probably not worth wrecking a good iron over it, as the matt might melt at a high enough temp to melt your bonding fabric/substrate onto the back of it too.

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