Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl uses "Ram Board" cardboard to cover his work benches. Its tough. It works great! Comes in 38" by 50' rolls. Sold at big box hardware stores.
I found this new Ram Board stuff at Home Depot a few months ago. It makes a great workbench cover!
They sell it to protect fancy tile and wood floors in houses while they are building them or remodeling.
Ram Board Roll
Ram board comes in 38 inch by 50 foot rolls. At $30 it is close to my price
limit. But, I like it. It is thick and tough. After a couple of days it
Ram Board Logo
Cutting Ram Board
It cuts good and easy with airplane snips.
Ram Board for Workbench Cover
It makes a good workbench cover. Thicker and thus tougher then the Red
Rosin paper I use to use. I had to temporarily tape it down flat. I will
remove the tape in a few days after the Ram Board and carpet under it
Long ago, I covered my workbench with a chunk of carpet to make it softer. I don’t like to break turned bowls, etc when I accidentally drop them while working on them. I also don’t like them to slide around.
Then, a few years later I covered the carpet with a chunk of Red Rosin Paper. Because, I got tired of wood chips and saw dust sticking in the carpet. To hard to clean. The paper also keeps my workbench clean when I paint things. I often use acrylic paint or milk paint to decorate my wood turnings. When I have students, I often explain things by drawing on the paper.
But the Red Rosin Paper was to thin. It needed to be replaced to often. Because, I often tour it or cut thru it by accident.
For years I have been looking for something heaver, that was cheap and did NOT have a slick surface. I have used this new Ram Board stuff now for a few months and it works great!