Doxie Pea Mom
"Surrounded by thugs."
Loc: SW Chicago suburbs
|Posted: 11/23/2010 1:37:00 PM|
I do mine on a cutting mat. I just slide it under the couch when I'm not working on it.
After I've sorted pieces by color or whatever, I put them into individual ziplock bags to keep them together until I'm working on that section. So the part on the mat is the frame and whatever I've pieced together within the frame. The loose pieces of the color I'm working on are sort of loose within the open area in the middle of the frame.
Eye pea ;)
|Posted: 11/23/2010 1:39:27 PM|
The only thing I have done, which sort of works, is to lay sheets of poster board over the puzzle. I have never tried those mats.
I had to stop doing puzzles because I let them consume all of my time...of course now I play Words With Friends and that consumes it, lol.
Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 11/23/2010 1:49:29 PM|
I didn't care for the mats. I don't like how the pieces are hard to slide and the felt never seems to want to lay flat. We use a pad like you put on your table to protect it and slide the in progress puzzles under my dd's bed (since she is the big puzzle fan here.) When she wants to work on it she pulls it out and lays on the floor and works on the puzzle...it's easy to slip back under when she's done. Sometimes she'll pull it out and put it on her lap in bed (like a big old lap desk.)
|Posted: 11/23/2010 2:05:30 PM|
I don't like the mats. When you unroll it the puzzle pieces tend to come apart.
I use an old bulletin board. I could sit on the couch with the board on my lap to do my puzzle, or I could put the bulletin board on the coffee table or anywhere else. I just slide it under my bed when I'm not working on it.
Doxie Pea Mom
|Posted: 11/23/2010 2:31:50 PM|
I put mine on a moving box that's not put together (from home depot or lowes) and put another on top and slide it under the bed.
|Posted: 11/23/2010 2:46:41 PM|
I do mine on a big piece of foam core board. Bought it at Hobby Lobby for under 15 dollars. It's nice and sturdy, and slides under my living room sofa when not in use.
I Pea Sporadically
Loc: probably at a sports game or practice
|Posted: 11/23/2010 2:52:55 PM|
My dh cut a piece of light wood that is *just* wide enough to fit through a doorframe - that way if I don't want to put it under the sofa (my sofa bottom is open - it doesn't have a "skirt" on it) - I can take it into another room or down into the basement. It's big enough that with most puzzles I still have quite a few inches around the edges for the pieces I'm working on.
ETA: I've bought 2 different mats - a cheap one and an expensive one. They both suck. The pieces stick to the underside when it's rolled up so when you unroll it the pieces are stuck to the bottom of the mat and it all comes apart. Plus when you roll it up, because it's felt the pieces don't slide on it, so it's too hard to roll up without messing it all up.
Doxie Pea Mom