Bench Muffins and a Bench Cake

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I was at the Big Blue Box awhile back and saw that they had Bench Cookies on sale priced at 4 for $10.

I didn’t have time to get any as I was in a hurry to get what I needed and get back to effect a plumbing repair on a sewer line.

However, I have been thinking about them and really didn’t see the value of buying them for $2.50 each since all they are is a hockey puck or a shuffle board shuttle with non slip drawer liner glued on.

So I made my own. They aren’t pretty because they’ve been used… a lot.

I made them out of scrap hickory and a bit of non slip drawer liner I got at the dollar store. total cost, minus the time and wear on tools was about $1.50. ($1 for the liner and 50¢ worth of contact cement).

The bench cake was something I needed to hold small pieces of wood to be flattened with a scraper of plane. It has come in handy in a lot more ways than I would have figured. I may make one like it with a handle to work as a push block for the table saw or router table.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 07:22 PM

I love it, Intelligent, Simple, Utility at its best. I am going to dig all the blanks I made with the hole cutter out of my scrap bin and make a set of these. Thanks!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 07:27 PM

HAH, great minds think a like. I made 4 of the square ones a while back. As you know they do work!

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 07:33 PM

Thought it said Beach muffins.
Just had to have a look.

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 08:21 PM


If I didn’t know better, I call that “Good old Yankee Engineering”! But since you are from Texas, I guess that was just “Thinkin’ Big(time) Outside the Box(store)”!!!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 10:13 PM

Actually I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and Texas is just where my job is right now. I’m on my way back west even as we speak, I just haven’t moved anything yet. I figure I’ll get there in another 5 or 10 years and that’s fast enough for me.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 11:36 PM

yup, gr8 ingenuity Dallas. I’ve been saying a lot of things like these, woodworking accessories, are way overpriced. I’ve done stuff like these, but wasn’t smart enough to attach the no-slip permanently.. gr8 idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 11:47 PM

I love a good do-it-yourself idea! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#8 posted 02-17-2012 12:10 AM

I think that the next batch I make won’t have contact cement since it’s pretty messy using it with the mesh liner. The next time I’m going to try 3M #77 spray adhesive.

I had to rethink my costs for the ones I did build. I think I only used about 10¢ worth of glue and liner for all five pieces. There is still most of a roll of the liner left and I would have just wasted the contact cement anyway because I was putting some Formica down and had to clean the brush somewhere anyway!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 12:58 AM

GREAT JOB! Who cares what they look like? We hardly seem them anyway!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 11:37 AM

Great ingenuity. I’m going to make some today. anybody got any ideas on the angle needed for the “painter's pyramids?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 12:25 PM

Don’t bother with those pyramids they leaves dent in your work. Just put some screws though a pc of wood and it will be better than those.
I like the muffins too. I also made some!

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 02:13 PM

I use carpet tack strips. They can be cut down to any size you need and nailed to scrap 2×4 if you need them higher but be careful, those tacks are extremely sharp

-- Allan, Baltimore MD

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#13 posted 02-17-2012 02:33 PM

the pyramids are too light, if your project is not sitting level on them , when you spray, they can be blown out from under the project, and the next thing you know, it is laying on its side, with the fresh finish down. don’t ask how I know

-- Smitty!!!

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