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Forum topic by bullhead1 posted 12-20-2012 04:55 AM 3696 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2012 04:55 AM

Don’t get me wrong, I love Rockler for their customer service and delivery, and yes I did buy a set of cookies. However, I stumbled upon a green alternative to the cookies for finishing. My wife had to make scrambled eggs for the local high school football team and got a case of eggs from the local egg plant. She cracked them the night before and asked me to put the box and all the egg flats in the dumpster by my shop. I had one of those aha moments and put all of it in my shop (i’m sure I can use the box for something). The flats work great for setting items on where you have to finish the edges. I didn’t search the site to see if this has been recomended before so if it has I hope nobody minds.
Being on the green theme I also snag the clear plastic containers that muffins and cookies come in to put those small items such as picture hangers, small hinges and all those leftover one and two ofs. All I have to do is pick up the conatainer and see through the plastic to see what I got.
I would have posted this in the review section but I don’t know how to up load pictures. Merry X-mas everyone and thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas hear.

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 01:21 PM

I use the bench cookies quite a bit (commercial and home made), but would never use them for finishing. The sponge like material will absorb any finish you get on it, and then transfer it to something else the next time you use it. They are great for sanding and light duty freehand routing.


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#2 posted 12-20-2012 02:09 PM

Exactly; the bench cookies aren’t meant for finishing. I used to use painter’s pyramids, but now I just use sheets of 1/4” plywood with a few screws driven through.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 02:17 PM

I also use the screw trick for finishing.. works great!

I love my bench cookies… for sanding.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 03:14 PM

I use my bench cookies to hold pieces down for routing when clamps would get in the way. They work pretty well. I bought a set of those risers to go with them and that’s been even better, since that gets the piece up to a very nice height for routing on my hand tool workbench, which is a bit low for routing.

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 03:23 PM

When I bought them, I thought they were the best thing since sliced…errr…cookies. I might have used them twice and now they sit in their plastic tube, on the shelf.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 03:23 PM

Speaking of bench cookies, these are amazingly useful and my new favorite (although a little pricey)

LOC Blocks


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#7 posted 12-21-2012 06:34 AM

Painters pyramids are great.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 12:08 PM

I’m with Gene. Bough two sets and both take up room in the cabinet.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 01:53 PM

I have a couple of sets but use pieces of rug pad more often when sanding or hand routing. When finishing I use little pieces of what is laying around.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 02:14 PM

I was disappointed in the bench cookies as well. They sit rarely used. I got a set of the paw shaped ones from Woodworkers Supply and they work better. You have the option to screw the blocks down so they stay in a set pattern and there is a hole for a pointed dowel to hold a panel up for finishing. We use the painters pyramids when we stain and finish large jobs.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#11 posted 12-21-2012 02:57 PM

I use bench cookies all the time. I think they’re great. But as stated above not for finishing.

For finishing I use carpet tack strips. You know those long boards with all the nails sticking up. They work great.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#12 posted 12-21-2012 03:49 PM

I’ve got a dozen painter’s pyramids. You can also drive nails through scraps of wood and use those to support the project. Blunt the points with a grinder or file.

Like this…

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#13 posted 12-27-2012 01:44 AM

I have a set of bench cookies too and use them rarely anymore. Once they get dusty from sanding, they lose their grip. I found that I had to clean the dust off of the foam rubber padding every time I needed to turn my project over or re-set the project on them. After using them for maybe a dozen projects and cleaning them off with warm water and a paint brush, the process was more work than what they were worth. Not to mention that the foam padding started to de-laminate from the plastic cylinder part. Now I just use a piece of carpet padding )the better multi color type and find I have much better control. If I need to use a router on something to roundover edges, I use the router table.

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 11:56 PM

They come in handy when you need them but I would not buy any got mine as a gift. They work best for me to keep
my finished sanded side elevated while I finish the other side.

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#15 posted 01-25-2013 05:56 PM

Reminds me of the time I made nail strips to deter birds from nesting onder my balcony deck. What did I see the next day? Robins nesting atop the bed of nails. I guess it just kept the nest dry.
Thanks Nite Walker for the screw and plywood tip. It seems I never have enough painters pyramids, and they go shooting across the shop when you hit them with compressed air.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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