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I have a set of four Rockler bench cookies, and I really want them to work. The problem is that even when they are clean and fresh, they don't grip well enough between the workbench and the workpiece for sanding, routing, etc. Furthermore, the plastic painting and finishing accessories leave scratches on my wood pieces.
https://www.rockler.com/shop?w=bench+cookies
https://www.rockler.com/bench-cookie-plus-work-grippers-4pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-bench-cookie-finishing-cones-4-pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-bench-cookie-finishing-bridges-4-pack

Bench cookies and their accessories have been huge sellers at Rockler for years. They keep coming out with new, improved versions and accessories, etc. People must be buying and using them. The ads show people using them for sanding, edge routing, painting, finishing, etc. ... but somehow they are not working for me.

Does anyone here like and use bench cookies? What is your secret for making them work for you?
 

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I've got a set, though not the rocker brands ones. I like em, but they can be a bit finicky to use. Any bit of sawdust on the work or the bench will affect the stickiness. I take an air gun and blow off all surfaces before setting everything down, seems to work pretty well
 

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While I do have about 12 of them they certainly aren't the greatest thing since sliced bread. Mainly, I use them for finishing.
 
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Have some, use them once in a while, mostly for routing an edge.

Depending on the work surface, seems they work better on a laminate or finished surface.
 

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Have some, use them once in a while, mostly for routing an edge.

Depending on the work surface, seems they work better on a laminate or finished surface.
I have a set of 4 that I bought from Rockler a few years ago. Tried using them for routing a few times and they seemed more trouble than worth. Occasionly use them to lift project off workbench for finishing. Yes, they are a disappointment to me.
 

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I have a set of 4. IMHO clamps holding the piece to the work bench a are much better. The suggestion here is to invest the money in a set of clamps.
 

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They're very handy if you work on smaller projects such as cutting boards etc... Lifts it off the table for routing and other edge work and is very good at limiting slippage. One key piece is it doesn't mark the piece as they are made of a soft rubber material.
 

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Nah.. Tried a set a few years ago and have no idea what ever happened to them. I never missed them other than the selling price.. I'd like to have that part back..
 

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They're very handy if you work on smaller projects such as cutting boards etc... Lifts it off the table for routing and other edge work and is very good at limiting slippage. One key piece is it doesn't mark the piece as they are made of a soft rubber material.
I have tried routing edges with them. The bench cookies would be nice, because you could route the entire perimeter of a cutting board in one step, for example.

The problem is that the spongy, rubbery grip from the bench cookies isn't strong enough to keep the cutting board from sliding around on top of those bench cookies, so I wonder what I might be doing wrong.

I've gone back to: "clamp, route the partially exposed part of the edge, undo clamps, reclamp, do more of the edge, ..." The bench cookies would be faster, better, and easier, if they would only do their job and not slip.

My bench cookies are clean and grippy, the workbench surfaces are clean and fresh, the workpiece is sawdust free and clean, ...
-> Does anyone have more hints to make bench cookies work better? If not, why do people keep buying and using them?
 

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I have tried routing edges with them. The bench cookies would be nice, because you could route the entire perimeter of a cutting board in one step, for example.
For something like that, a universal router base with a handle out to the side like this lets you put some weight on the work piece towards it's center. Just a few extra pounds will settle the wood and help the cookies grip.
 

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I have a few hockey pucks I use when I need to bang on something or drift a pin out.
 

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I have a set of four Rockler bench cookies, and I really want them to work. The problem is that even when they are clean and fresh, they don't grip well enough between the workbench and the workpiece for sanding, routing, etc. Furthermore, the plastic painting and finishing accessories leave scratches on my wood pieces.
https://www.rockler.com/shop?w=bench+cookies
https://www.rockler.com/bench-cookie-plus-work-grippers-4pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-bench-cookie-finishing-cones-4-pack
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-bench-cookie-finishing-bridges-4-pack

Bench cookies and their accessories have been huge sellers at Rockler for years. They keep coming out with new, improved versions and accessories, etc. People must be buying and using them. The ads show people using them for sanding, edge routing, painting, finishing, etc. ... but somehow they are not working for me.

Does anyone here like and use bench cookies? What is your secret for making them work for you?
I made my own with Youth Hocky pucks at $00.50 each that I bought on Ebay and covered them with material from a quality Mouse Pad. They stick as well as Rocklers.
I've also drilled a center hole in a few of them and screwed a 1/4" bolt with the head cut off and ground to a point. They are great for finishing.
Others I have installed T-Track bolts and knobs and use them as stops, never marked any wood.
The even make great HD leg levelers. You'll find this on YouTube.
It all saves money
 
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