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Using cheap mousepads makes for a low cost, VERY easily repaired, handsome and comfortable workbench!
Workbench tends to collect damage from soldering iron, gunk from old radio innards, x-acto cuts and so forth.
Oh no! I've torn my desktop loose! Note that the surface below this is, on my desktop, just plywood. Well, this whole thing works just great even if ...
After much tearing, the surface will finally look like this.Again, this all tore the way it did because I use wood glue on plywood. I do this because ...
Scraping the stuff off with a piece of scrap pc board sometimes isnt enough - that's why I used this coarse sanding sponge. Sanding sponges are like t...
Now that we have a fairly ok surface to start with, let's add the magic. Note that you don't need a GREAT surface to start with. My desk uses a piec...
Here is the source of our magic: CHEAP mouse pads. These particular mousepads came from pcsurplus or something, I can't recall. What I recall is I bou...
This is the key: buy CHEAP pads. You don't want the fancy 10 dollar pads that are made to last! These particular pads I bought because they had this g...
Apply glue (white glue for less permanent tops) and lay the prepared squares of neoprene (ie the mouse pads) in place. Mash them around a bit and work...
On less permanent surfaces this part wont matter because you're not likely to leave it in place so long that junk collects, but on a more permanent de...
Here's where we do the magic on those "nicer" surfaces. Because the surface will be much more even and because we might not want to have to wash up wh...
With the glue stick you have to make sure you cover the shinty surface fairly well all the ay to the edges. That's easy enough. It helps if you mash k...
That's it! Thirty five dollars worth of mouse pads has given me a desktop surface that is essentially a consumable. I dont have to worry about x-acto ...
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