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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 06:50 PM


How about the ones Marc Spagnuolo uses? They re 8mm thick solid rubber tiles. I m actually debating on getting them myself. It s just a matter of budgeting as a full 20×20 garage can get expensive.
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- Rayne

I think you have actually identified the second of TWO issues.
  • The work space immediately surrounding your workbench, and
  • the rest of the flooring in the shop.

IMO, one would not be using their handplanes in/at all places in the shop. Plus it would be easy enough to dedicate hand-tool “safe zones” when using them.

As for rubber mat throughout the shop, I can already attest at how difficult it is to move “mobile” machines over any of these vulcanized particle rubber mats.

Between my router and TS, I use a 1/4in solid rubber mat. Not very flexible, but it can save things like chisels, hammers, wrenches, etc. And it is easier to roll machines on. Note: No longer sold by TSC, so no link available.

Under 1/4 of my shop, I have plastic “RaceDeck” installed, for when working on the Harley.

As far as saving more fragile handtools such as planes and the like, the 3/4in stuff I linked above, is about as good as one could get (and that stuff is not perfect either).

Below you can see all three types of flooring in place. From left to right:
  • 1/4in solid rubber
  • 3/4in Horse stall pad
  • RaceDeck flooring

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."


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