If it doesn't have to be accordion-folded, then you can use plastic floor
"runner". This stuff is sold by the foot off 3' or 4' wide rolls (can't
remember) for very cheap at local hardware store; I got mine at OSH for my
lathe ways. Typically, it comes in a clear vinyl (relatively stiff), or a
dark-brown/black rubber-like material (much more pliable) which I prefer.
The stuff I got has ribs across the top and a smooth bottom. I cut it so
that the ribs (which run the length of the material) are perpendicular to my
ways so it rolls up nicely when I need to, and it makes it easier to brush
the chips off.
The ways on my mill are protected by pieces of old bed sheet held in
place with lots of small magnets. It's easier to remove chips from the
magnets if the cloth is rolled around them. I can't vacuum the chips up
but they brush off without pulling the cloth loose.
The shield over the mill lead screw when the table is moved.
When the plastic - rubberized maybe - cracked and went south on my Mill-Drill
unit - I replaced it with a cutoff section - of pond rubber sheet. Pond
or plant houses that sell wet plants - have the rubber sheeting that covers
a hole in the ground to make a pond from... My wife got a cut off section -
small 10-15' size - not large enough for a pond - I used a nice section and
the cracked on on my mill. It is flexible and oil safe.
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