simple and effective

I have a tiny shop in my 1 car garage. My table saw often doubles as a work bench. Recently I’ve been using it for finishing and painting and when I do I cover it with rosin paper. It’s kind of a pain to haul that 4’ roll out so I had the idea to hang it next to the saw. I had a 3/4 dowel laying around and I took the chain off a hanging lamp I threw away. Yankee frugality. I thought it was one of those useful ideas that I should share with the world. ;-)

Losing fingers since 1969


Space is a huge issue in my shop, too. This is very clever, thenks for the idea.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Nice use of space Brian. My problem is that my workbench is free standing and not as easy to “prime” for paper, though I will still try to figure out how to make such a system work for me…


I’m sure you could attach it to the side. These rolls usually come in 36 and 48 inches.

I forgot – the other good thing about this is that I don’t need to store the paper anywhere now so that frees up some precious wall and floor space.

Losing fingers since 1969

I use the same paper too and have the same problem you described.
I thought about a hard board design but no space to store it.
I got to figure how to hang the paper roll to the ceiling or may the table saw side.

Thanks for sharing.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

In my crowded shop I cover anything I’m using for a finishing bench (including the floor) with a recycled vinyl shower curtain. I use the heavy gauge ones. They fold up easily and store flat. I even use them for drop cloths when painting walls. Its important to me to protect my table saw, but I don’t like to mess up any tables or tools.
I understand the space problem. I have nine power tools that stand on the floor in addition to the hand held tools I use. All of this in a 20×28 attached garage that also allows for overnight parking for the car. Obviously, almost everything is on wheels including large projects like cabinets.

Don “Dances With Wood” Butler

Hi Don. I have plastic and cloth drop cloths for painting too. I tried using them on the saw when I was finishing stuff but they’re so filthy with drywall dust, gobs of compound, hardened paint drops, wood chips from various projects, etc, that it was very distracting for me when finishing to keep the work piece out of that filth. I found that a fresh, clean sheet of paper is a lot less frustrating and distracting for me when I’m doing that kind of work. And it’s not a daily thing so the cost isn’t that much for me. That’s just one man’s opinion, of course, and as they say, your milage may vary.

Losing fingers since 1969