The photo shows a newly-installed hardwood floor. I now need to paint the room and install trim. I tape rosin paper to the floor, leaving just enough room on the edges for the baseboard. In the area where I set up my tools, I lay floor blankets, cardboard, or floor mats. If I use a range of machinery I may lay down 1/4" x4x8 sheets of chip board (fairly lightweight and not prone to cup). I tape the chip board at the seams. Notice that all of my tools are on trolleys. This allows me to easily move them "out of my way".
Mel Fros froscarpentry.com