$12 “Bench Cookies” are biggest news at AWFS
It’s just my opinion of course, but Rockler’s humble little rubber-coated pucks are the big news at this year’s AWFS. Simple as can be–just plastic pucks with grippy rubber on each face–“Bench Cookies” maintain a firm grip on workpieces for sanding, finishing, and routing. The Rockler guys said the workpiece won’t even budge under a belt sander. I tried to push a board around on these little pucks, and it kept a vise-like grip on board and bench.
Also great is that the workpiece is elevated off the bench, making it possible to finish edges, and to use bearing-guided bits and router edge guides that extend below the bottom surface of a board. Plus, these clever pucks won’t mar workpieces. Have you ever finely sanded one side of a piece, flipped it to sand the other side, and then flipped it back again to find that some debris on the bench had scratched the first side?
I can’t say how well these will grip after the rubber surfaces get some dust and wear on them, but $11.99 for a set of four I wouldn’t hesitate to find out. That said, we’ll get a few sets for the FWW shop, and let you know how they hold up.
Just when I thought this year’s AWFS would be more about evolution, the engineers at Rockler came up with a little revolution. They said the joke around their workshop was, “Leave it to some guys from Minnesota to invent a hockey puck that doesn’t slide.”
A set of four Bench Cookies should be enough to hold almost any workpiece firmly on the bench for sanding, routing, or finishing.
With the workpiece elevated, bearing-guided bits have plenty of clearance.
Leave it to some guys from Minnesota to come up with a hockey puck that doesn't slide.