Wooden mouse pad? What say you?

FeuerFrei

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I've noticed most serious mouse pads are solid color - black. I guess that makes for the most precise tracking ... ?
I also noticed they aren't created from wood. Searching for wooden mousepads, I only get a wood-pattern cloth-surfaced pads.

ANY REASONS I can't repurpose a small wooden cutting board as a mouse pad?
With exposed wood grain (and with sticky pads underneath of course). Non-glossy finish.
Some cutting boards are kind of thick, I know.


My optical Dell workplace mouse seems to track reliably on woodgrain formica (UNLESS a hair lodges in the underside LED pocket ... making the cursor suddenly jump into a screen corner :confounded:).


My house mouse is a Corsair M65.

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gerald95

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Is there any specific reason why you want a wooden mouse pad?

Speaking about that, I have a friend who at some time used a literal cutting board for instead of a mousepad. It was weird but it worked. :D
 

VirtualLarry

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I would think that an actual wood mouse pad, would wear down the teflon pads in no short order, due to the roughness of the surface. Probably do a number on your knuckles too, maybe.

Search for "Bamboo mouse pad", they probably do make those.
 

FeuerFrei

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Just seems I can get a quality small cutting board for less than a mouse pad ... $9 - $17. And the aesthetics surpass any mousepad I've seen. I just want something beautiful that will last ... with a bit of resurfacing every few years.

The wear on teflon pads is something I hadn't factored in.

Haven't optical sensors come far enough not to need monochromatic mousing surfaces??
 

corkyg

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Haven't optical sensors come far enough not to need monochromatic mousing surfaces??
Yes, in fact many mouse pads are polychromatic with designs.
As long as the surface is well finished, wood should be fine. I use table tops and desktops frequently when traveling. The worst surface is glass because of reflections that confuse the mouse sensor. When faced with glass, I usually use a piece of paper on it.
 

DigDog

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by this time he will have probably already figured out why he cant use a wooden board as a mousemat, but just in case,

you cant use a wooden board as mousemat.
Even assuming the board is perfectly plane, and that it has the kind of texture where the mouse sensor reacts properly, there would still be grain that is damaging to the teflon feet of the mouse, eroding them much faster than a cloth pad would.

And also WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU WANT TO.