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Rockler Bench Cookies - Worth the Money

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Review by Greg Wurst posted 1811 days ago 4770 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I see I’ve been beaten to the punch on the review, but I’ll go ahead and add my 2 cents worth here. I was at Rockler this weekend and noticed they had these in stock; so I forked-over my $12 and bought a set.

As you probably know by now, these are plastic pucks with what is essentially router pad material on both sides. They grip tenaciously, and with any moderate downward pressure will hold your workpiece in place.

For any large panel or heavy object these worked great. However, I'd only give them 4 1/2 stars if I could since they did not work well for light panels while using my random orbit sander. Without sufficient weight everything bounced around; and you had to hold the piece down on one side to keep it in place. In these situations, I'd stick to a router pad to hold the pieces in place.

I'll probably pick-up another set next time I go to Rockler. Well worth the $12, and an actual innovative idea.

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#1 posted 1811 days ago

Nice review. I have a set of these and like them. I think in the 2nd video if you had brushed or vacuumed the saw dust off the bench 1st they would have worked alot better at least they do for me.

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#2 posted 1811 days ago

good review

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#3 posted 1811 days ago

Thanks for the review, bench cookies, I think you just made me hungry.

-- Tom D

#4 posted 1811 days ago

John is exactly right – just bang the cookies on the bench to knock the dust off, give your bench a quick sweep or vacuum, and you’re good to go! Thanks for the review!

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#5 posted 1811 days ago

tomd – Tom you’d think that at least they’d make a version with chocolate chips. ;-)

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#6 posted 1811 days ago

great review Greg – it’s nice to see these in action…

Glad you’re enjoying them

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#7 posted 1811 days ago

could you just glue some router pad material (kitchen drawer liner) to both sides of some scrap MDF and get the same effect? sorry i am that much of a cheapskate, just ask my wife :)

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#8 posted 1811 days ago

They’re a bit more cushiony (if that’s a word) that a router pad. Probably about as thick as 4 of the thinner pads on each side.

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#9 posted 1810 days ago

Mike, you could make your own, but for $12.00 why bother?

Ralph

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#10 posted 1810 days ago

hey in this day and economy, $12 is $12!

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#11 posted 1733 days ago

With reviews from member Greg Wurst: ”...these are plastic pucks with what is
essentially router pad material …”

And from member Handi: “They act like a routing mat…”

Why not simply use router mats?

Or save money and get better performance from the gummiest kitchen drawer liners?

We found “rubberized” trivets in a Dollar store whose holding power was unmatched.

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#12 posted 1719 days ago

That’s real good for you guys that live near a Rockler Store but they want to charge 50 bucks to ship to Australia on top of the very reasonable US$11.99Photobucket
So I made some for myself… Priceless.

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#13 posted 1638 days ago

For what it’s worth, I also discovered recently that in a pinch, Rockler’s bench cookies make fairly decent push pads. Not something I’d recommend over real push pads, but if it’s a choice between bench cookies and bare hands, the cookies work!

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#14 posted 1638 days ago

Hey Greg,
Good review. I went out and bought some and they work great! Just keep the pads and the work bench clean and you shouldn’t have the problem with your work piece bouncing around.
Hey degoose,
Love your version of the bench cookie. Way to go!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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