Use a tablecloth for workbench protection
Keeping glue off the workbench is an ongoing problem for most woodworkers. To preserve my benchtop, I use an inexpensive vinyl table cover from a discount store. Before doing glue-ups or finishing work, I cover the benchtop with this heavy vinyl. With the glue-up complete, the dried glue brushes off the vinyl with little effort. The table covers come in a variety of sizes and they last longer, store easier, and are more pliable than poly sheeting.
-Bill Martin, Lewisburg, Tenn.