Bench Cookies?? Yes, Please!

cookiesIts not often that I get to recommend something that’s useful, effective AND cheap! So I wanted to make sure you all knew about Rockler’s Bench Cookies. If you followed the AWFS news recently you probably heard enough about these little puck-shaped doo-dads. For those who haven’t, they are little “puck-shaped doo-dads” with a bit of soft gripping rubber on each side. The idea is to not only elevate your work off the bench for sanding and routing tasks (with no clamps), but to also stop the workpiece from sliding. Now we’ve had router mats for a long time now and I used to buy a similar material in big rolls at Costco. But I found that the rubbery material always left its pattern behind in the wood and it would take forever to sand it out again. But so far, I am not having that problem with the material on these little guys. And to answer your first question before you even ask it, dust doesn’t ruin their gripping power. Just knock the excess dust off and you’re good to go! I’ll be anxious to see how they hold up over the course of time. FYI, the links below are our Rockler affiliate links.

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Category: Reviews


  1. When I saw the bench cookies the first thing I thought was, “I wonder if they will leave an oily residue like the router mats?” The imprint/residue crap is horrible to get rid of. I imagine it is the same sort of mark that the rubber faces of clamps leave behind.

    Anyway, if you get some let us know. I don’t want to buy any until I get the good word that they are OK.

      thewoodwhisperer July 27, 2009

      So far so good Todd. But I have some more sanding to do tomorrow. Ill report back.

  2. Zach July 27, 2009

    I just ordered a set. I can’t wait to put them to work.

  3. Derek July 28, 2009

    I picked up some bench cookies about a week or so ago. This weekend was my first time using them. Overall I’m pretty pleased with them. I had a bunch of parts to sand for a small hanging cabinet I’m building. For the most part they gripped the larger/thicker pieces fine for sanding.

    However, I did have a little trouble with some thinner panels. A couple of panels I had were around 1/4″ thick, and the cookies tended to slide around due to the vibration of the orbital sander. Other than that, they definitely make sanding a lot easier, and I didn’t notice any residue from the rubber pads. Haven’t tried them with the router quite yet.

  4. Peik July 28, 2009

    Hmm, what do they taste like? Maybe a bit chewy :D

  5. Bill Akins July 28, 2009

    I’ll have mine double stuffed with a glass of milk please.

  6. Andrew Ford July 28, 2009

    “puck shaped doo-dads” Is that technical jargon?

    They do look pretty cool, I may have to get a set when my wife tells me I can start spending on

  7. Don Dean July 28, 2009

    Received mine a week ago. I found that one of the cookies only had the pad on one side. Called Rockler and they responded quickly and sent me a replacement cookie. Have not used mine yet but I am about ready to make four end grain cutting boards a la Woodwhisperer and will then be able to give them a work out.

    PS. Ordered wood for cutting boards from Bell Products who sell packages for the Woodwhisper cutting board. The wood is outstanding and strongly recommend them.

  8. Claude Stewart July 28, 2009

    Hey Marc;
    Do this cookies use Gecko feet technology to keep from slipping? Gecko feet tech. also used on the new Palm Pre induction charging unit.

      thewoodwhisperer July 28, 2009

      Not that I know of Claude.

    • Mike December 7, 2009

      I doubt it geckos use hairs on their feet which are so small they actually create a Van der Waals force with the molecules of whatever material they are climbing on at the time, Van der Waals force is essentially any attraction between molecules or atoms not caused by either covalent or ionic bonds. And A one doctor Dinojawa (Think I’m spelling that right if not sorry doctor) At the university of Ackron ohio has used carbon nano tubes to recreate that effect its really cool stuff.

  9. Mick July 28, 2009

    I use Padded Non Slip Shelf Liner Sand 12in x 5ft = $3.50

    Great for sanding

  10. I’m thinking “bench puck” would be a more fitting name.

  11. Man if these bench cookies work as good as people say they do someones gonna be making a ton of money.

  12. Guido ackermann July 29, 2009

    Great Idea, these pucks. Unfortunately I wont be able to by one in Germany in near future.
    But I made things like that from peaces of Ply with a rubber in german called “Moosgummi”.
    This is used on tools for filling the insert of tiles (hope i translated right). Its cheap, does not leave any marks, doens`t care about sawdust, could bee glued with ordanary woodglue, doesn’t slip at all, even on waxed surfaces. I use this for a long time to make pushsticks, because its thickness of 0,2″ allows me to move is over the blade with only sawing rubber, not pushsticks.

  13. Frank July 31, 2009

    I’m liking these Bench Cookies. Good call Marc…

  14. The Flying Staple August 21, 2009

    Just got my Bench Cookies and they seem to work very well. This works for my limited work area where I do not have the bench with the dogs for clamping.

  15. Ron York October 20, 2009

    Just bought a set last weekend, they were on sale at Rockler. Tried them out and they seem to work well. Better than the traditional router matt.

  16. Just recieved a set of the Bench Cookies Plus. They are drilled and tapped for a 3/8inch bolt. Rockler sells risers but I have found that I can use 3/4 inch dowels and glue a bolt in the end after drilling and get the same effect. And I can have them any size I want.

  17. Terry McKnight April 23, 2011

    Rutlands sell them in the uk. I bought the XL version that has a tapped hole in the bottom. You can then screw on a riser a put it into a dog hole to aid stability. If you screw on an xl riser you can lift the workpiece off the bench by 3″
    These a great little devices and I find I’m using them a lot.

  18. just used some when staining a nightstand I made for my fiancee. no complaints here!

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