Fatigue Mats

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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 01-23-2011 12:47 AM 1961 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure if this belongs in a “Review” or “Blog” heading so I’ll place it here. Fatigue mats, you don’t think about them much unless you stand on a hard floor all day (and even then you probably think about them). I purchased a fatigue mat from our beloved Rockler a couple of years ago and loved it. It was sent to me rolled up and took about a year before it would lay flat. Still, working in front of my lath for hours at a time I found that it was a GREAT addition to my shop.

Well, the other day I got a hair brained idea that a childs play area mat might work as well. So, I looked on craigslist and found one for $20. The childs play area mat is 36 sq ft of 5/8” thick foam that is a little softer then the Rockler mat (6 sq ft). Another plus for the childs mat is that it can be assembled into just about shape you would want (12” X 12” squares). To stand on for hours at a time, this mat is very good (and much cheaper).

Just an idea, thought, tip, suggestion or an “Oh by the way”. I just thought that someone else MIGHT find this as a usefull suggestion.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 01:04 AM

harbor freights periodically has 24 sq ft packages in charcoal gray for less than $10. They are not as lively or interesting as what you have down but work the same. I gave some thought to stealing my granddaughters’ set when they get done with them.

-- Gary D.

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 03:00 AM

HF a couple of years ago had a coupon on there black ones, I picked up 5 sets for around 6 bucks each. Gave one set to a friend for her kitchen, and my wife has taken one to work. They seem to hold up well. I use one set between my router tables, and the ass table. I don’t think that I would put my work stool on them as it would wear it out.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 03:08 AM

I bought mine last week. HF had a 3 day sale, $5.99 4pk. They do make a difference.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 03:42 AM

I picked up mine from a kids consignment shop, I got 15 of the kids for $0.50 each, they are fantastic and as you say I can put them any where I want. I could also leave spaces for the legs to my Bicycle work stand’s feet so I could stand in front of the stand for build ups for hours with out the cold or the hard floor bothering me.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 04:40 AM

In some areas HF stores are few and far between, i.e. WA State. We have 3 stores and they are all located in and around Seattle. The rest of the state is without. In and around an HF Store, it might be better to get a mat at HF (if on sale). Outside an HF Store’s area you might be better to search want ads and find one of these. For the price HF has the mats (very reasonable) the freight costs would break the bank (sometimes shipping is more then the actual cost of the item).
This post was not to debate which fatigue mat is better but just to share something I found that works very well (and it looks like others have found this as well). Thanks for the info on the availability at HF.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 05:54 AM

Keeps you sharp with your alphabet and numbers too :)
I got some black ones last month and they are great for the feets and protecting dropped tools

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 06:34 AM

I like the idea, but my daughter’s is a piano instead of letters and numbers. I find the music it plays when I walk on it to be distracting. Very amusing (yet practical) idea.

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#8 posted 01-23-2011 12:53 PM

I have two different sets as twokids and I discussed earlier, one set came from a store I think is EVERYWHERE..
Walmart..10 bucks a 4 pack..same price for another set from London Drugs..and both sets interlock. Best part of the L/D set is it came with edging strips so no exposed locking teeth sticking out to catch feet or trap the shavings.. (are you happy with the L/D set Scott ? )

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 01-23-2011 03:44 PM

My bad, HF has several more stores then I originally thought. The closest one is 35 miles away but I have to cross over a $4 toll bridge to get there so ordering online is something to think of whenever I need to get something that isn’t available locally. Though I must admit, I am not an HF fan on most of their items (personal choice). It’s good to see that others have found alternatives to tool needs. I have a set of the thick gray ones from WM for my treadmill and it is saving my carpet. Again, had to order online as the local store didn’t carry it. I can see now that I paid too much for my mats but they are working fine for me and I accepted the price. My next BIG hurdle to jump is finding a new place to get my blades and planner knives sharpened as my local guy went out of business at the begining of the year. Any locals got any suggestions????

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 01-23-2011 07:27 PM

great idea
I’ll scaning craigslist

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#11 posted 01-24-2011 04:22 AM

Hey Glen,
The LD anti fatigue mats have been great, easy to vac up, soft and a bit warmer on the toes. Saved a cabinet shaper’s edge when I dropped it yesterday. Bit hard to move a chair around the foam though.
I have 3 sample tiles of RaceDeck tiles down alongside the mat and find the RaceDeck has better maneuverability with wheels, chairs etc but is more slippy and prone to dust collecting than the mat.
One day will RaceDeck the garage floor and have the anti fatigue mats spaced @ work-sites on top.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 01-24-2011 04:27 AM

Or you could carpool with me and that 4 dollar toll is 2.75 with the Good to Go. ;o)

I love that you spelled out LATHE using the letters. Now to get enough letters to spell out the rest of your tools. lol.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#13 posted 01-24-2011 04:41 AM

thanks for the info i got one from woodcraft but havent put it down yet i figure to put it down i’ll put it under my bed for a few weeks so it can be flat or broken in, like a baseball glove. I do have another one that i got from a thrift store when i was wit my nama, i paid like $5.00 for it it’s about 2’x6’ and infront of my saw. I still have two other squares left to put somewhere else. THANKS again.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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