Bench Cookey's for just pennies

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Project by Built2Last posted 10-14-2009 06:57 AM 3632 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just couldn’t bring myself to buy any of the bench cookies you see everywhere now. From the moment I saw them I knew I could make some, so I did. You can make them any size, shape or thickness you want out of some scrap pieces of wood, ( I used some scrap pieces of 1” by 4” for these) some pieces of any thickness router mat ( I use some thin mat for these) and a little contact cement, for just pennies each. Better than paying $12 or so for them and it only took about 5 minutes to make these. Hope ya’ll like them !!!!!!! Rockler might not!!!!
Oh, I forgot, I tried them out and they worked just fine.

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 07:22 AM

Good idea…it’s always more fun to make your own.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 07:41 AM

Great idea! you should send it to shop notes and get published. Yes, Rockler will be mad:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 07:41 AM

Thanks for the idea. Better to make a simple item like this then to buy it.


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

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 11:41 AM

Bench Cookies from Rockler…..US$11.99
Postage to Australia….............US$37.00
Look on Rocklers Faces when they see these….....PRICELESS \


-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 11:50 AM

i was in walmart the other day ,
and they have ’ shelf liners ’ in rolls ,
just like the router/sanding mats .

peanuts , compared to catalog prices .

and they come in various widths ,
and 4 colors !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 12:04 PM

wow…I was looking at them just the other day…thanks for the idea…now I think I’ll make my own

Thanks again

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 12:39 PM

Here’s the ones I’ve been making and using since Rockler gave me the idea.
My first batch were round, using hole cutter slugs.
Then I started making them square or rectangular.
Originally I called mine “Bench Bisquits”, now I call them Bench Brownies.
I love brownies. :)

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 01:30 PM

I suppose I should google the answer… But it is more fun to ask here. What do you use these cookies / brownies for?

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#9 posted 10-14-2009 01:34 PM

Great Idea! Now I feel bad! I have bought 3 sets of these, although one was for my father as a gift! I’ll be making some now though!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 10-14-2009 01:39 PM

mtkate ,
they are anti-skids for routing , ( they hold the work up off of the bench , so the set screw doesn’t bottom out )
and for sanding , without clamps .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 10-14-2009 02:40 PM

I had the same thought! God knows I’ve got tons of scrap not to mention the rolls patron mentioned that I also picked up at Walmart.

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#12 posted 10-14-2009 03:08 PM

I also thought ” WOW what a great idea!”....for sanding my newly made cabinet doors. So while at Home Depot I picked up a roll of shelf liner just like what is shown on the blocks. When used on wood w/o stain for added color, and after you have applied the poly finish. I sprayed the finish on, it looked great at first. Then hundreds of fisheyes appeared shortly after in the same form as the antiskid mat!
After futher inspection of the remaining doors that were unsprayed. They had the same shiny little spots where the mat seemed to have polished the wood or added some kind of film to the surface.
I strongly suggest trying a test on any such material first. I wished I had pictures to show what had happened to my doors but frankly I was just to imbarassed to share it.
Trying to be cheap sometimes costs more in the long run.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#13 posted 10-14-2009 05:10 PM

I think the problem might be a coating that seems to be on these Matt’s that could be silicone based.That is always a problem with finishes. My guess is that if you wipe these down with naphtha first(assuming this does not damage the matt) it will clean off the contaminant


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#14 posted 10-14-2009 05:21 PM

I bought a roll of Griprite shelf liner at Dollar General for $1.00. They have it in two thickness. The rolls are 12 inches wide and 5 foot long. I used 12 inches for these and had 2 blocks left over, so I could get 45 pieces out of a dollar roll. I wouldn’t think that if the finish was cured that it would react with anything as it doesn’t seem to have any king of coating on the mat. I will just be using them to hold stuff still to rout or sand. When I am finishing something I use the painter’s pyramid’s. They work great. Could easily make them also.

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#15 posted 10-14-2009 05:23 PM

Degoose, thanks for making me chuckle!!!!!! Loved your comment!!!!

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