Video: Depending on the type of project you're working on, the easiest way to prepare for a quick cleanup in a workshop is by covering your work table with a giant sheet of paper. Over on Tested they walk you through a variety of tips for doing so. First up, don't overcomplicate this. Find a thick roll of paper as wide as your table, grab some masking tape, then tape the corners down. Once the corners are down, tape the rest in a straight line. If you're working with anything that might soak through the paper, place a garbage bag over the table first, then cover it with paper. It's one of those stupid simple solutions that's easy to forget about if you're not in the shop too often.
Shop Tips: Covering Your Work Tables [YouTube]
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