Flip-Up Non-Skid Mat

Whenever I'm sanding small pieces 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.

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.

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, letting dust and chips fall to the floor.

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