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Flip-Up Non-Skid Mat

Whenever I'm sanding small pieces with a palm or belt sander or using a hand-held router at my bench, I like to use a non-skid mat. The problem is that I can never seem to find my mat when I need it.

But here's a simple solution that keeps the mat within easy reach at all times. Simply attach it to the back edge of your bench with a thin hardwood cleat and a few woodscrews, see drawing.

Now, when you need the mat, just flip it up on the benchtop. And when you're done, it's no trouble to flip the mat back down out of the way, see photos at top. Plus, any dust and chips just fall to the floor.

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