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Old 07-15-2006, 07:56 AM   #3
Amelia Smith
 
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Re: Is it possible to "make my own mat"?

I remember a discussion on this topic, somewhere (perhaps in real life, rather than online). I think you can put together a mat with a bottom layer made of pulverized rubber tires, and a top layer of thin foam, or that stuff they put under carpets. Actually, several layers of the carpet liner, on its own, with a canvas cover, might work. I heard that the pulverized rubber tends to move around a bit too much over time. The basic idea is to have something squishy (but not too squishy) with a frame and a cover. I know there's an article on this out there somewhere.

You might look into getting used wrestling mats from a local gym or school, and using those temporarily.

--Amelia
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