My shop is in my garage, concrete floor. As a general rule, I’m pretty careful about my tools, and have hardly ever dropped anything. I have dropped my 4″ Starrett square 2 times, and I’ve only had the thing for a month! I already have a small ding on one of the edges.
I want to invest in some sort of floor padding, both to make it more comfortable for me to stand on, and to protect my tools. I could buy some of those kid mats that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, I guess … but do I want to turn my shop into a rainbow art gallery?
I could buy some of those kid mats that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, I guess … but do I want to turn my shop into a rainbow art gallery?
I bought a bunch of them and turned them upside-down. Doesn’t work as well as the really good, but also really expensive padded work mats, but far, far better than the concrete alone. I wrapped the outside of my workbench, so I’ve always got the foam underfoot when I’m doing anything there, and I put pairs of mats at the various powertool workstations I use the most (tablesaw, mitre saw, bandsaw). It’s not pretty, but it works well enough for me.
My local Woodcraft often has a stack of rubber mats that do the trick
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