I need a cutting board for my leather project. The ones you can buy at the hobby store are ridiculously expensive the bigger board is the more insane goes the price. I dont believe the material of which these boards are made contributes to their prices so much (it is comparable to sheet steel, come on). So I think there must be a cheaper alternative to those cutting boards. If there is one, what is it?

  • a piece of wood?
    – DA01
    Jul 7, 2014 at 21:31

3 Answers 3


Cutting boards serve two purposes: to keep you from cutting into your bench top, and to keep from dulling your cutting tools. The second reason is the kicker! You could use a sheet of metal, but your blades would need constant resharpening.

All that being said, I would go to your local Walmart, Target, Fred Meyer, etc and buy a cheap cutting board made for kitchen use. They work well, and are way less expensive than the ones you'll find at Tandy Leather...


In my leather working days (forty years ago) the board of choice for cutting and stamping leather was tempered hardboard. You can find a 2 ft by 4 ft piece for under $10 in a big box store.


Some scrap cedar (2x10) from big box stores.

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