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Glue Up Work Table Protector

Hi All. The other day I was watching a YouTube video and the guy was applying glue to his project and on top of the workbench as a cover he was using what looked like what a baker would use when rolling dough. It looked like a great idea for easy glue cleanup and protection for your work table. Anyone else use something like this?
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If the piece is small enough to fit on a bench, I do my glue ups on my large router table. Its melamine faced.
Once everything is finished and the glue is dry, I can scrape off all the glue drops with an ordinary wallpaper scraper. the melamine router top never marks at all.

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Some how I ended up with a roll of 1'x300' of black flashing plastic sheeting. I been cutting enough to cover my bench when I do glue ups like enough for cutting boards or bigger. Cut the size I need and tape them together with masking tape and fold them up when done and use them next time if it is the size I need, if not cut some more strips.

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I have some cheap "silpat" mats I use, I bought the cheap ones for my wife and they were rejected so I kept them in the shop. Silicon mats used in baking, the challenge is getting larger ones as they are mostly sized to fit baking sheets.
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In some of my older shops, I used Formica to cover my work/assembly tables. Everything was usually an easy wipe off or lacquer thinner, which ever was . appropriate. Also used formica on router tables and various other tables. My last shop, I never did put formica on the top of my outfeed/assembly table. Instead, I used a roll of butcher paper mounted under the table and just pulled it up over the top.
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I use parchment paper. It's far better than wax paper and completely reusable. I have about 4 pieces that have been used in the shop for several years. As long as you let glue drops dry then they will just flick off. If you try to wipe the glue while it's wet then it just smears on the parchment paper and is much harder to remove.

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I use freezer paper.

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Lots of ways to handle it.

If you keep your workbench coated with poly, glue will come right off. Or better yet, laminate the top of your assembly table.

If you want something you can clean up between pieces, then house wrap or a piece of melamine works very well.

If its a one time piece glue up, I usually use paper and toss it.

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newspaper works fine and is free
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I use freezer paper.
I am with Gary, on this. It's cheap and works great. I have been wanting to try the parchment paper as David uses but I am not out of the freezer paper yet.
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I use parchment paper. It's far better than wax paper and completely reusable. I have about 4 pieces that have been used in the shop for several years. As long as you let glue drops dry then they will just flick off. If you try to wipe the glue while it's wet then it just smears on the parchment paper and is much harder to remove.

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While I have no personal evidence, i have heard that some kitchen parchments contain silicone. If so, there could be a transfer problem.

FWIW, before I was aware of this,I used it as David suggested and it works great as described.
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I’ve been using 36” wide rosin paper, which is often used for protecting floors during construction, is available from better lumber yards and sometimes from HD. I like it because it’s heavier than newspaper/newsprint and won’t transfer anything to the workpieces, and it comes on a roll.
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Well, my workbench top is made of standard Doug Fir 2" x 6", screwed to the frame. I've never worried about getting glue on it, I just wipe it with a rag, or if it dries, use a putty knife to scrape it off. A couple of times over the years, I have taken a belt sander with a 60 grit belt and smoothed out the whole top. I'd always figured that if it got bad, I could replace the 2" x 6"s, but it's been okay now for over 15 years. Rags, cut up pieces of old socks, t-shirts, and jeans, have always been in abundance.
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newspaper works fine and is free
...if you get the paper, that is. We haven't gotten a newspaper in 20 years, wasn't aware any were still in business.

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The one you saw was probably like the silicone mat I found at discount ($16 vs $29) at the local Woodcraft. I picked one up because I wasn't spending enough money there. Ha.
18" x 24". It works great! Easy to clean, easy to stash away when done. They also carry a 5' version at, yikes, $79.

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Newspaper, wax paper, kraft paper, cardboard, plastic sheets or bags. whatever I have on hand at the time
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My work table is also the saw out feed table and in covered with High Pressure Laminate, e.g. Formica.

That and wax paper. The HPL catches anything that the wax paper doesn't. I was stupid when I bought the HPL. I got semi-gloss and not gloss. Sometimes it is a bit difficult to scrape it off with a single edge razor blade.

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The one you saw was probably like the silicone mat I found at discount ($16 vs $29) at the local Woodcraft. I picked one up because I wasn't spending enough money there. Ha.
18" x 24". It works great! Easy to clean, easy to stash away when done. They also carry a 5' version at, yikes, $79.

Mike

A silicone mat! Now that I have the right phrase to search on I have found a couple possible choices. Thanks so much. I was trying all sorts of materials and phrases but the word silicone never came to mind. I even found a really large one, more expensive though, on Rockler.com

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I just make my assembly table tops out of melamine, skip all the hassle

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I just use the top of my table saw and when the glue builds up to the point it's no longer a smooth surface, I just buy a new saw!
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