Rosin Paper Workbench Cover

Build this handy paper holder at one end of your workbench

Protect your workbench with rosin paper. Install this simple paper holder at one end of the bench and roll it out when you need it.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Rosin paper workbench cover

Here’s instant protection for any kind of messy job. Before you start, just unroll enough rosin paper from this jumbo paper towel holder to protect your workbench. The thick paper absorbs all the glue or finish. When the paper gets too dirty, tear it off and throw it away. A roll of rosin paper is 170 ft. long, so one will last a long time. Here’s how to build your paper holder:

Buy a roll of rosin paper ($8) and a length of 1-1/2-in. pipe ($12 for a 4-ft. length) at a home center. Round up some scrap lumber and get ready to do a little bit of head scratching to customize a bracket arrangement that works with your bench design. Our setup should give you the general idea. Bore 1-7/8-in. holes in the scrap wood brackets. Screw keeper strips over the holes to keep the pipe from falling out as you unroll the paper. Use a handsaw to cut the paper roll and a hacksaw to cut the pipe to match the width of your bench. Then load the roll and start dripping stuff all over it.

Thanks to James Pauch for this idea.

Rosin Paper Holder

Make the holder brackets from a 1x4.

Rosin paper holder
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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Handsaw
  • Hole saw kit

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1x4
  • 1-1/2-in. pipe