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Workbench Surface Preference?

Discussion in 'Amp Tech Center' started by James Knox, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. James Knox

    James Knox Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I want to upgrade my Workbench Surface. I’ve used a couple of “Carpet Samples” for years and am thinking rubber mat material or something? The carpet was always great for working on guitars, but I am working more on amps these days.

    This is my current setup...

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  2. Wulf

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    use either...or both...can easily put a rubber mat over the piece of carpet
     
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    I use a massive towel as my workbench. Works just fine imho. A carpet is also a nice idea, but as I dont have a dedicated workspace I find a towel I can roll up works a bit easier
     
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    I have 1/4" thick Masonite panels (20" x 36") in my shop that are prepared with different surfaces. I use them like a chef uses cutting boards.

    Two have loop carpeting for guitar work; one has a solid rubber mat for dirty work like gun cleaning and greasy work (it wipes clean with solvent); another is bare Masonite for jobs that may damage (gouge/burn/ect.) the bench top. Masonite is cheap and protects the bench top from my hamfisted adventures. All these store out of the way, vertical and flat, on a rail on the side of one of my rolling benches.

    Don't do soldering work over carpet; the spits will melt into the fibers; unless you cut them out they'll scratch guitar finishes.
     
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    Go to Ann's or any fabric shop and see if they have some cheap vinyl on sale. Wrap your top with the vinyl. I find the black is the easiest and cheapest most times and it is easy to find parts on a black back ground.
     
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    Workbench Surface Preference? CLEAN!
     
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    Bare wood? :twisted: If things may drip or spatter, I cover with brown paper from the shipping place. If I'm gonna solder or drill right on it, I have short sacrificial boards nearby...
     
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    Nah. Carpet, fabric, or bare wood. Burned carpet doesn't smell as bad as burned rubber or plastic, and doesn't come apart in a big black mess when it's old or dried out or whatever. Really just a preference thing, I guess. For soldering I've used one of those cutting mats for sewing. Small and light, and can go anywhere on any flat surface. Solder or tips haven't destroyed it yet.

    EDIT: Oh yeah. I don't know about anyone else. But I have huge mits that get very sweaty when working on anything. That and rubber mats DO not mix. Might be more of a texture thing for me - feels slippy and yucky. But in general I just don't like sweat all over the surface. Wood and fabric can absorb more.

    I hate leather and vinyl couches for similar reasons.
     
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    I envy you guys with workbenches! I do have an old metal military desk that I hope will be a dedicated workbench someday.
    My workbench is the kitchen table no matter the job. I put a towel down to protect the guitar finish, and a shop rag to protect the table from solder, and gun cleaning solvents. Here is a pic with my "chassis cradle" installed.
     

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    Wooden bench is great, and i'll put a packing blanket down if working on something that needs protection.
     
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    I like just working on living room floor...and kitchen table...towel...old carpet samples..old t shirts..and a thin lump of hyperlon conveyor belting seem fine for my work
    missus when she was alive didnt think so...esp if i was stripping a vertical twin bike engine on the new carpet
     
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    I use tool box drawer liner.
    It comes in a roll.
    It is non-slip and is slightly padded.
    Easy clean up.

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    I really like cutting mats. They are kind of expensive if you're not using them for their intended purpose but I like the surface and the grid & rulers.

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    I always put a clean towel on top of any surface when I'm going to work on gear. That way I can just wash the towel when I'm done since invariably grease, chemicals, shavings, dust, etc. get all over it.
     
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    Bench top? Not seen one of those in a while. Might be time to tidy...
     
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    Oh, towel. Super easy to clean and there’s always an old one to pinch.
     
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    Carpet is good. I have a rubber type of stuff that allows to sweep off the soldering mess etc. That would be a down side of carpet.
     
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    I’ve got rubber backed industrial type carpet tiles that I use on mine. On/off as required. I like them because bits don’t bounce or roll off into oblivion very easily......eg screws, nuts and washers. I get bits of solder melted in there but they come off easy with a pair of pliers.
     
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    Solder on carpet: OSHA issue? Those little solder splatters have lead — you’re told to sweep 'em all up and get 'em out of there. OSHA or OCD? You decide. :)
     
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