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Anyone tried this? Old days I had a rubber rear car floor mat on my bench top where I did assembly and disassembly. It had shallow ridges in the top surface that kept things from rolling around , was gentle on the parts and had a ridge all around the edge so stuff just did not roll off. The time it saved me from crawling around the floor after flinging something out of a tweezer was immeasurable.
 

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That's interesting. I picked up a tip from the beginner's clock repair DVD from TickTockPro.com where the the guy recommends a pure white beach towel on the workbench. I think it's basically the same idea as your idea (which is a good one as long as it works). It makes little parts resist rolling and you can see the parts against the white.

...Doug
 

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I use foam sheets which I buy for "pennies" each from Michaels.

They are soft, quite dirt resistant and fairly strong; come in white, black, green... and many other funky colours if you are so inclined. I have yet to rip one. Screws will not skate across the material and unless you drop a screw from very high, they do not bounce far.

Here's a white one I laid out on my workbench to give you an idea. I normally use it on my desk. It's 12 x 18". You can fashion various kinds of frames to drop over the edges. The frame will form a lip to keep stuff from wandering off the sheet.


Michael
 

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I like the white paper and foam sheets ideas. Something to that cant slide around and soft enogh so a screw cant bounce off on to the floor and go, god knows where:???::???::???::bang::bang:
I get so frutrated when that happens, ruins a good day.
Last weeki had it happen and looked everywhere and found it hours later in my sock feet when i stepped on it. :(
I used newspaper and that has to be the worst choice for watch repair work, maybe ok for clocks.
 

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I use heavy card stock stapled to a cork board (a small plastic framed bulletin board). I imagine pretty similar to the foam-core suggestion.
 

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I use 40"x70" bath sheets. They are thick 100% cotton, cover my whole bench, and clamp on tightly with four 2" C clamps. Screws do not bounce off them and when they get dirty you just toss them in the wash. If you want a more taught surface add more clamps. (quick-grip clamps work just as well) I prefer the white mats but they come in other colors.
 
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