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    Chair Mats

    Since I have high-pile non-commercial carpet in my work room, I use polycarbonate chair mats to allow my chairs to roll around without damaging the carpet. These chair mats are terrible, expensive, and flimsy. Upon doing some research, I saw that some people have made them out of wood. If you were going to make one that's, say, 40" x 60" (unlike the picture below), what kind of wood and what thickness would you use? While 3/4" Baltic birch plywood would be durable, rolling off the edge would be a problem.


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    Re: Chair Mats

    Exactly, Mike, use the 3/4" plywood and add a half-round lip to all four sides. Those will act as a chair stop before the chair rolls off the edge. Edge-band the ply and you have a solid looking chair mat.
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    Re: Chair Mats

    3/8 plywood would be plenty thick, and you can bevel the edge to make the transition smoother.



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    Re: Chair Mats

    Heard an ad on the drive home for some made out of glass. Don't remember the company name. We'd have to change the name of the forum, though.

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    Re: Chair Mats

    I use 1/8" masonite with thin prefinished laminate flooring attached with glue/contact cement. Less than 1/2" thick total. Make any size you want.
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    Re: Chair Mats

    Glass chair mat company is Vitrazza and I hear their ads on Sirius-XM.

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    Re: Chair Mats

    If you are not completely set on making your own, check out:
    American Floor Mats.

    A little pricey, but they come with a lifetime warranty. I have one in my home office purchased in 2012 and a second one purchased in 2016. Neither one has shown any signs of cracking or breaking apart.
    I have tried many other brands and none hold up for more than a year or two.
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    Re: Chair Mats

    You may also consider using MDO plywood. Medium Density Overlay is exterior rated and used extensively for sign faces and concrete forming. It stands a better chance of not having voids on the interior laminate layers also.
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    Re: Chair Mats

    I would ditch the chair mat altogether and replace the casters on the bottom of my chair with these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHV9BY1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Re: Chair Mats

    Quote Originally Posted by woodworker2000 View Post
    I would ditch the chair mat altogether and replace the casters on the bottom of my chair with these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHV9BY1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I did that on one chair, and they didn't make as big of a difference as I hoped they would. They may have been 2" castors. Maybe I'll try a set of these.

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    Re: Chair Mats

    I just put a set of the "rollerblade" casters on my office chair this week and found it made a significant difference. I installed the set I linked to in my post above. I thought it might be difficult to get the old casters out but it wasn't. It took me less than 5 minutes to change all of them out.

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    Re: Chair Mats

    I just ordered a set for Friday delivery.

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    Re: Chair Mats

    Mike, did the new casters work for you?

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    Re: Chair Mats

    Quote Originally Posted by woodworker2000 View Post
    Mike, did the new casters work for you?
    Not really. They're better than the cheap casters on the chair, but they don't solve the problem.

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    Re: Chair Mats

    A sheet of 3/8" or 1/2" baltic birch would work fine. The sheets come in 5' x 5'.

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