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Blog entry by randyb posted 03-24-2010 10:41 PM 735 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I used my new “Bench cookies” for the first time. I have to say they are cool! I was working on a new router table top, I needed to flush trim the edges and do some sanding, I had my workmate sitting there so I set the top down and thought I would have to clamp it down. I remebered my cookies and gave them a try, Impressive! if you don’t have a set you should pick some up.

-- I was going for that distressed look



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Paul Ciura

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 11:29 PM

I was tempted to do so last time I visited local Rockler store. Wasn’t sure if they are worth it.

-- Paul Ciura (McHenry, IL) http://www.paulciura.com

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dbhost

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 11:56 PM

They are worth it. They grip like a pit bull on a steak, and hold your workpiece up off the bench, the advantage is particularly evident when using a router, you don’t ram the end of the bearing into your router mat with these…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 01:25 AM

I use my bench cookies frequently. In fact, I just bought another set of the orange bench dog bench cookies this past weekend from the local lowes. Same as the rockler ones…just a different color. Very handy…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 02:02 AM

I got ‘em too. One thing I recently used them for was marking the top of a tool tote with a small try square. Meaning, I needed to precisely mark a number of spots for drilling where the tools were going to go, but when I put the piece of MDF on the bench it would wander as I moved the square along it. Was going to clamp it, but then the square would run into the clamps…....inspiration…....the bench cookies, they kept the piece stable while I did a large number of markings on it.

Yup….....get ‘em…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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bobasaurus

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 05:30 AM

I’ve found that they only hold well if your workpiece is sufficiently heavy. Sanding a piece of 4/4 hardwood less than a foot square doesn’t really work… it wants to fly off. However, sanding an assembled workpiece on the cookies works great. I also use them for finishing, though painter’s pyramids might work better. Someday I’ll have to give routing on them a try.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Jim Bertelson

3686 posts in 1919 days


#6 posted 03-25-2010 06:29 AM

It is also a function of the forces applied to the work piece. Just doing measurements on my tool tote top didn’t budge my quite light piece. It is always a function of the grip from the cookies which relates to the weight of the work piece, versus the force of the worker.

I know in my life I have expended a lot more force than cookies could resist on the trip to my mouth….........so it is always a question of antagonistic forces….............may the force be with you….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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