Workshop Cookies Video Challenge #1: Announcement

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 02-09-2010 05:37 PM 12454 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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LumberJocks is teaming up with Rockler again to let your creative juices flow. We would like to see the most number of possible uses of cookies in your home or shop. And by cookies we mean the versatile Rockler Bench Cookies that keep projects from slipping while routing, sanding, carving and more.

In partnership with Rockler

Your task is to record your own little video showing a creative use of Rockler cookies and post it on your personal LumberJocks Blog.


Random draw winners will get the following prizes:

  • $100 Gift Card
  • $75 Gift Card
  • $50 Gift Card
  • $25 Gift Card
  • $10 Gift Card
  • 6 sets of Bench Cookies with Bench Cookie Tshirts

How to Enter and Official Rules

  1. Just add your entry as a regular blog entry and tag it with challenge08 (of course you may add any additional tags too):

    Note that you don’t need to use ‘challenge08’ in your blog entry title (use the meaningful title instead).
  2. Enter the video overview and embed the video into your entry.
  3. The video should be 60 seconds or less showing what the cookies can do.
  4. Rockler reserves the right to use your videos in their campaigns.
  5. The entry deadline is March 7.
  6. Winners will be announced online at and on March 9.

If you want to take your video to the next level you can learn more in this excellent Video Toolbox posted on YouTube. Plus Marc Spagnuolo has prepared easy to follow video tutorial for one of our previous challenges in which you can see how to post your final video to your LumberJocks blog and enter it into challenge. Note that you can use any of the popular video hosting sites like Youtube, Blip etc. to host your video.

Here's the page listing all of the submitted entries.

So get your camcorder ready and have fun!

24 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 02-09-2010 07:01 PM

Interesting Idea Martin
This should be good.


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#2 posted 02-09-2010 08:47 PM

Martin, I see you’ve been busy!

The Winter 2010 Contest was really fun. This one should be interesting too. Thanks for all the hard work!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 03:11 AM

“JUST MY OPINION!”...The Rockler cookies seem like something only a bored person with some extra money would buy. It really doesn’t seem like a very useful product. Like I said,...”JUST MY OPINION!”

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 03:18 AM

I have found them extremely useful

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 03:40 AM

Well, Cozmo, I guess every entry will be an opportunity for you to change your opinion. Who knows… by the end of the challenge you may decide you can’t live without them.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 05:25 AM

Yeah I’m with cozmo. This is one large marketing ploy. They are great but its a rubber hockey puck! Not rocket science. I only say this because I see them on the site ads here. on rocklers site ads every time I turn around, On the front cover of the rockler catalog that just came in, and at the recent woodworking show in atlanta they had an entire booth devoted soley for the cookies! A large Booth!
Anyways. I have yet to try them but I know what they are and they are useful, I just get sick of seeing them EVERYWHERE. I’m not much of a fan of cram it down your throat advertising either, but then again it just may be a strange series of events that only happened to me. Can’t wait to see what people come up with. I can’t enter though because there’s no way I’m buying any….
Bench Cookies are AMAZING! GO BUY THEM NOW!

-- LAS,

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 08:42 AM

Can’t wait to get mine. Have had many uses for them and had not gotten any yet. Now they are on the way. Maybe I will come up with a video for this contest.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 03:02 PM

Guys. Martin keeps this site going, and I’m sure on a shoestring. It may be another facebook some day but doing this is a lot of work and an expense in time and money. And like any business, you usually spend a lot of time and money before there is any return. If Rockler is providing some funding to the site and/or providing a few awards then what the heck? It’s like paying for an ad that we’d see in the margins but this time it also comes with a little contest and possible reward. Yes it’s still advertising and yes it’s not a bandsaw. Then again we’re not facebook either. I won a package of four Rockler Cookies at the last New England Get together in a raffle. They donated, a few of us got them, and Rockler got thier cookies out there with their name on the package. We are flooded with advertising on a daily basis. Just like Capitalism it’s almost become part of the ‘American way of doing things’. We’re used to it. We are so used to it we know how to mentally filter it out or in depending on our interest in it.
I’m glad Rockler is participating. I’m glad Martin puts things like this together both for us and maybe for the site. And don’t tell me that you don’t look at all those Rockler web and mail ads when you get them. And I’m glad it’s a woodworking store with a woodworking item they are giving away. Heck, it could have been a shampoo company. I’m nearly bald. What good would that be? At least everyone here is a tool user. ;-)

Personally, living at the lake with good ice this year, I find that the Rockler cookies don’t work well for hockey. The rubber on the sides of them severely limits their travel on the ice when hit with a hockey stick. They do hold fast to my bench when I’m using my router on the edge of a cabinet door though. No clamps needed for some things like that.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 11:22 PM

i wanted to try them and ordered them….they arrived and im very happy with what they help me do…there a great idea..and are very helpful in the shop….id like to see the ways they work..anything that helps needs to be at least looked at….and nothing like a cold class of milk with your cookies…........grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 04:20 AM

great idea…i love mine.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 04:22 AM

one question——when will we get the LJ Discount for wearing our LJ gear into Rockler???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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David Craig

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 05:24 PM

Thanks for your comments Craftsman on the lake. I think the points you raised are something that should sit in the back of everyone’s mind when critiquing these style of contests or the vendors who support them. Martin’s work has provided many of the members here with a voice that goes straight to the tool manufacturers here. For those that are not aware, Jockmike2 had an incredible experience shortly after posting his bad review of the Bostich compressor package her purchased. and Ecocandle had an interesting experience with Taunton Press due to a blog he wrote.. We have a collective force of potential buyers and this gives us some power.

While I fully support the use of the blogs and reviews to offer criticism to these manufacturers, I am not really in agreement of criticism of a product when one has not used it. If you have an alternative, please share, as we all would like to know these things. But I, for one, am very grateful that Martin’s efforts has inspired manufacturers to promote these types of things and has given us a direct line to those manufacturers. And I will also do whatever I can to support those manufacturers who work with us, provide us with opportunities to connect with them, and support this website.

And in so saying, if I do try their products and find it to be junk, I will let them know that also ;) But not until I actually tried them.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Andy Brownell

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#13 posted 02-12-2010 12:54 AM

Bench Cookies kick butt! Great idea.
Now, think, think, think!

-- Andy Brownell

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#14 posted 02-12-2010 06:00 AM

I buy from Rockler from time to time and I really enjoy this site but in all honesty this contest is really rather dull. Rockler could do so much more than this. I challenge them back te get more creative with their marketing ideas.

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#15 posted 02-12-2010 11:52 PM

Whats wrong with using old truck tires and run them on your flat belt sander to get them the same size and glue them up using polystyrene and acetone? Bad joke I know! Thanks for getting this together Martin I agree with “Craftsman on the lake” I do a lot of shopping from Rockler and love there stuff

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