A silicone workbench mat is an easy way to prevent glue from damaging your workbench. Without a mat, glue spills can ruin the top of your workbench.
A silicone workbench mat is cheap insurance for protecting the top of your workbench from glue spills. Has glue ruined your workbench? It has ruined mine. Nearly every time I assemble a furniture project or glue up a panel assembly, glue squeezes out and drips on the top of my workbench.
I use glue to create a strong bond for the joints of my DIY furniture projects but I don’t want that glue to create a strong bond on the surface of my workbench! Have you ever tried to get dried glue off your workbench? It’s not easy and it basically ruins the surface of your workbench.
Also the next time you assemble a project on the workbench those dried glue blobs can scratch, dent and scuff the surface of your DIY furniture project. I work waaay too hard to have my furniture projects look professional only to have it ruined by glue blobs! Don’t worry friends I’ve found an easy solution to prevent glue from ruining your workbench.
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Silicone Workbench Mat Protects Against Glue Spills
Why have I waited so long to tell you guys about this amazing discovery I made?! Earlier this year, I went to a national woodworking show. You probably remember me talking about these woodworking shows in the 6 Resources to Supercharge Your DIY Skills post.
The Woodworking Shows host regional woodworking events. It’s not only a great place to watch woodworking demonstrations and catch a few woodworking classes, but it’s a great place to check out new tools and products up close and personal. A woodworking show is where I first learned about, fell in love and bought my first Kreg Jig. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the Kreg Jig K5 and the pocket hole plug cutter which virtually makes pocket holes disappear.
The Kreg Jig hasn’t been my only discovery at the woodworking show. I’ve also discovered the Sili Mat. Have you heard about this thing? I’m so glad I didn’t leave the woodworking show without buying one. This thing is amazing! The Sili Mat is a silicone workbench mat that prevents glue spills from ruining your workbench. Oh don’t worry, you don’t have to go to a woodworking show to get one. You can also get one here.
A Silicone Workbench Mat Will Save Your Workbench
Have you ever used or seen those silicone mats used for baking cookies? The Sili Mat works just like that. It’s an 1/8” silicone rubber mat design specifically for your workbench. Instead of preventing cookies from sticking to the cookie sheet the Sili Mat prevents glue spills from sticking to your workbench, countertop or workstation.
And just like cookies slide off the silicone baking mat glue slides right off the nonstick Sili Mat. You can either wipe up any spilled glue with warm water or let the glue dry and it peels right off! HOW EASY IS THAT?! No more glue dried on the top of our workbenches. No more ruined workbenches. No more replacing the top of your workbench.
Use a Silicone Workbench Mat Everytime You Work
The Sili Mat is sooo easy to use. Just unroll it out of the box and lay it on your workbench. It’s customizable too. If it’s too long for your workbench just cut to fit the size of your workbench.
My Sili Mat has a permanent place on my fliptop workbench cart. Just about all of my recent furniture projects have been built on this fliptop workbench topped with the Sili Mat. The silicone workbench mat fits the fliptop cart well, although it is a little long. I decided not to cut mine so I can move it to different workbenches or work surfaces.
A Silicone Workbench Mat Will Save Your Projects
Another benefit of the Sili Mat is it protects the surfaces of your DIY furniture projects. We all know how soft pine is and how easily corners can be dented. That’s not as much of a concern with the Sili Mat. Remember the mat is 1/8” thick silicone, so there is less of a chance of denting your furniture projects when you’re assembling.
BONUS – Workbench Ideas
While we’re chatting about protecting your workbench, do you need a workbench or thinking about replacing your workbench? I’ve rounded up 5 workbench ideas that are perfect for a small workshop.
A workbench, like my DIY folding workbench, is easy to set up when you’re ready to work and folds down when you’re done. It can be used as your main workbench, an extra work surface to assemble a furniture project or to finish your project with a coat of paint or stain. It’s also great for when you hit the road for a DIY project (aka saws on skates!).
This easy to build DIY 2×4 Fliptop Workbench Cart is a real workshop space saver. A tool, like a miter saw, can be mounted on one side, then flip the top and the other side reveals a sturdy workbench. It’s perfect for those of us with small workshops.
I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A silicone workbench is cheap insurance for protecting your workbench from glue spills. The Sili Mat will save your workbench from glue and protect your DIY furniture projects from being scratched, dented and scuffed from glue blobs.
Thank you for stopping by to check out how you can save your workbench. If you found this information helpful, would you please pin it to Pinterest? I’d really appreciate it! Thank you – Scott