Ram Board Workbench Cover

Meta Description: 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.

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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 lays flat.
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It cuts good and easy with airplane snips.
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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 flatten out.
Workbench Covers

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 latter 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!