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Convenient Benchtop Protection

My workbench is beautiful and I want to keep it that way, so I cover the top with builder’s paper ($7/140-ft. roll at my local home center) whenever I’m gluing or staining. But the heavy roll was hard to handle and a nuisance to store until I devised this simple holder made from 4-in. PVC drain pipe (10-ft. length, $3). 

The holder is no wider than the roll, so there aren’t any protruding hangers or rods.Using my chop saw, I cut the PVC pipe and the roll of paper to the width of my workbench. Then, on my tablesaw, using the fence, and with the blade set just high enough to cut through the pipe, I carefully cut a lengthwise slot. 

I screwed the pipe to the end of my bench, using the drain holes for access. Then I slid in the roll of paper. It was a tight fit at first, because the new roll was the same diameter as the pipe, but once I’d covered the bench a couple times, the paper pulled out easily.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker January 2004, issue #105.

January 2004, issue #105

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mjonprice wrote re: Convenient Benchtop Protection
on 04-14-2009 8:57 PM

great tip... now i just need a workbench... and a garage to put it in. renting sucks!

Morris wrote re: Convenient Benchtop Protection
on 10-12-2009 11:04 PM

Another Item in the same category that I use frequently is stretch wrap in the industrial grade. Glue won't stick to it, You can use it to bundle lumber, mask for painting, keep a brush fresh between coats of finish and too many other things to list. This stuff is not in the grocery store, get a big roll from Staples or oO mav for about $15.00. It will last a long time.

Morris wrote re: Convenient Benchtop Protection
on 10-12-2009 11:06 PM

Typing is terrible. Office Max is the source