looks like you will be getting a lot of work done. now you know why
you never got to move out to the country. when one partner in a
relationship doesn’t want something it usually doesn’t happen.
First of all I noticed you used the word linoleum a common term for
my generation also.
That was the original protective surface it was me a combination of
linseed oil and basically whatever other organic particles could be
available at the time(hence the "lin"in Linoleum.
And interestingly literally a certain anti-bacterial effects
basically due to the linseed oil and is very popular in hospitals. But
that is just trivia and rodent to your needs for protective surface
in your new country paradise.
Since you are in much more careful jeweler than I am and have not
had balls of molten silver rolled down onto the floor. I would first
think that a good quality vinyl sheet flooring with say a piece of
some type of in under padding. The purpose of the padding would be to
stop the sheet flooring from adhering over time to the hardwood
floors due to the pressure of the worktable and your work chair.
Get one with the least amount of patterns both recessed and in
design. Recess patterns can hold surprising amount of dirt and mostly
any design will make it harder to find dropped items.
You don’t need to be too finicky about the above basically just take
a pattern that you like.
the quality of this stuff is dependent on the thickness of the vinyl
layer that you can see and should be listed in the store. This part
of setting up your workbench should be rather Inexpensive.
You might consider some carpet scraps from your way to the door to
work table to protect the rest of the house from waxy polish residue.
Also I would consider the walls to be painted in your workshop to
least a semigloss paint to make the walls easier to clean especially
behind your polishing area
We may have spoken before,what type of jewelry do you make ?
That’s about it for now good luck in your country home