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Bench Cookies #1: Bench Cookies, great idea

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Blog entry by poppatom posted 07-19-2010 11:44 AM 1515 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After seeing bench cookies advertised in Rockler I had been thinking about getting some to replace the router pad I had been using but the price seemed a little steep. Friday I stopped at Lowe’s to pick up some sand paper and found some off brand bench cookies for $11.98 for four as opposed to the $29.95 Rockler wants. The only difference between the two is the color and they are great! They hold your work piece in place and also keep it up off the bench when you need a little clearance.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.



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David Craig

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 12:42 PM

They do work well and I like my bench cookies. The brand at Lowes is BenchDog. They filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and Rockler financed their reorg. So the technology is exactly the same. Not much price difference between the two except when shipping is involved from Rockler. If you have a Lowes local to the area, it would make more sense to purchase the Benchdog brand. Same technology and same company reaps benefits from the purchase. I am glad you are enjoying your new purchase.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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hObOmOnk

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 12:50 PM

Consider making your own for pennies a piece.
That way they can be any size or shape you need.
I like my mini-Bench Brownies for finishing standoffs.

-- 温故知新

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rance

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 01:04 PM

Sorry but I’ve never understood the bling for those things. The $1 shelf insert pads at the dollar store work great, or free carpet padding. If I need it raised, I put blocks on the bench before laying the pad down.

If they work for you, that’s great though. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 02:20 PM

I hear many people speculate that a router or shelving pad work the same way, that is not exactly true. The cookies are not just a friction mat, the material is almost like a gel. When pressure is applied, the resistance increases and the piece does not move. If a router mat works, that is great, but there is a difference in material and construction and cannot be replicated simply by gluing a piece of shelf mat to a block of wood.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 04:27 PM

I have tried the shelf insert pads before buying bench cookies and found that they slip on my workbench. I have a UHMW top on one of my work tables and the bench cookies will not slip on it. I have 2 sets of bench cookies…one from rockler and the same orange one from lowes. I only paid $11.95 for the lowes set. What were the selling for $29.95 ???

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 04:49 PM

I have the Rockler Cookies and they outperform the bench mat. You have to keep the cookies clean though.

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 07:26 PM

Do these cookies get loaded with dust over time and their surface loose grip? They sound attractive, but that kind of thinking kept me away from buying.

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 11:46 AM

What I like about the bench cookies is that you can throw them in a drawer instead of folding a router pad to get it out of the way, also when you’re using the pad for router operations the pad can wrinkle up on the outside of the work piece and come in contact with the bit. A blast from the air hose cleans the dust from them quite easily. But all in all what ever works for you.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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