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Blog entry by hermance posted 07-20-2009 03:19 PM 5999 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Has anyone heard about the new Bench Cookies being offered by Rockler? These just got reveled at AWFS last week in Las Vegas. These small hockey puck looking objects are designed to hold a workpiece steady and firm to your bench without the use and hassle of clamps.

Rockler Bench Cookies

From the picture above, you can see that they are coated on both sides with a rubber-like surface. Probably something similar to that used in rubber mats designed for traction. One surface will hold firmly to your workpiece and the other to your bench. Rockler describes these as “non-marring” so there shouldn’t be any damage from these rubber surfaces during working.

There are two good videos on YouTube of these: one is an interview with the Rockler booth from Woodworkers Journal and the other is of someone using their hand to try and move a piece of wood held by the clamps. If you just search Rockler Bench cookies you can find them pretty easily.

Overall, the concept and product seems pretty cool and has generated a lot of buzz from AWFS last week. We have a Rockler partner store here at our business and we’re hoping to get our hands on some of these as soon as we can to play around with them and test them out. Availability accorinding to Rockler is supposed to be August 1st in store so if you’re interested, stop by your local store and check with them.

The applications of these could be endless. They are stated by Rockler to be able to hold for routing, sanding, carving, product assembly, and cutting. However, I’m sure there are other countless applications of these. We have some more pictures and both videos mentioned above on our web page anybody is curious.

Post your thoughts on these below. If these hold as well as they say they do, I think these may make a big splash in the woodworking community.

-- Hermance Machine Company, www.Hermance.com



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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 03:39 PM

i wonder if they would be effective in combination with a clamp. that way you don’t need to clamp things down as tight. I wouldn’t trust them to hold a midsized board that I’m routing all by themselves, but I guess I should withold jusdgement till i see them in action for myself.

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 04:08 PM

Hey Hermance,
If these devices are good and safe, they could be very handy for lots of applications.

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hermance

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#3 posted 07-20-2009 04:11 PM

Not sure when we’ll get these in… When we get one in, we’ll probably do a pretty rigourous test ourselves (we’re very curious too). I’ll try and get a video of that to post on here.

-- Hermance Machine Company, www.Hermance.com

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#4 posted 07-20-2009 04:31 PM

seems like a similar concept to a router mat. should be pretty cool. wonder how much $ they will be?

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woodisit

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#5 posted 07-20-2009 04:44 PM

I saw on them Wood Mag. Facebook the Vegas show they are around $12 for a 4 pack.

-- Woodisit

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hermance

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#6 posted 07-20-2009 04:44 PM

they’re currently priced at $11.99 and are sold in packs of 4 (from www.rockler.com)

-- Hermance Machine Company, www.Hermance.com

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#7 posted 07-20-2009 05:39 PM

Build it and “they” will buy it. ’-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 07-20-2009 05:39 PM

If the link above doesn’t work take the ‘if’ off the end of the web address in the address bar. It’s supposed to end at php not phpif.

Cool tool.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 07-20-2009 05:39 PM

they look like a prettyy good concept. i just dont like the idea of the wood being unsupported over the span of the board. that could cause problems especially in thin wood

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#10 posted 07-20-2009 06:10 PM

Not to be negative or critical. How is it different from putting a non-slip mat on a block of wood underneath your work piece? The block of wood slightly smaller than your work piece will give much better support. The mat is cheap ($2).

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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John Gray

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#11 posted 07-20-2009 06:16 PM

A guy just delivered a package to my door from Rockler. It contained 4 Rockler Bench Cookies for me to “test” because it says “As a token of appreciation for your past reviews, we’re happy to enclose a preview sample of our newest innovation—the Rockler Bench Cookie”. I’m going to be finishing work on my Stockroom Supply V-Drum Sander in the next couple of days so I will give them a test and keep you posted.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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hermance

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#12 posted 07-20-2009 10:19 PM

Sorry about the link above…here's a new one that works

-- Hermance Machine Company, www.Hermance.com

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#13 posted 07-21-2009 03:19 AM

Looks interesting. I use a no-slip mat now for sanding but it still vibrates the heck out of the table. If these dampen the vibrations they might be worth it. Cheap, so I’ll probably pick-up a set.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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GuyK

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#14 posted 07-21-2009 09:22 PM

Wish you would open a branch store in the Wilkes Barre area. We sure do need it up here. All of northeast Pa doesn’t have one store devoted to woodworking. and two hours on a Saturday when you need something is to far to go.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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hermance

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#15 posted 07-21-2009 09:50 PM

I feel for you Guy. I know there’s not much between our store and the one in Buffalo. If you need something though just give us a call – anything we stock we can get to you within a business day easily. We do sell online (http://shopping.hermance.com) but unfortunately can’t put Rockler stuff online. You’ll have to come down for our open house in September. It’s the 18th and 19th – the same day as the big Grizzly sale. There ya can hit up both places in one trip.

-- Hermance Machine Company, www.Hermance.com

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