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.
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.
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