Like most people who do a bit of woodworking, I have a huge collection of wood scraps I press into use as clamp blocks, props, and jigs. A typical use is to raise a workpiece off the workbench for finishing and to prevent scrapes and scratches while sanding, drilling or other work. The biggest problem with using the little blocks of wood is that they let the workpiece slip because they’re so smooth themselves.
The folks at Bench Dog have a solution for that problem: they’re called Bench Dog Bench Cookies. They look like thick Halloween cookies – solid orange plastic with black rubber faces – but they’re definitely not edible. What they are is convenient: the disks have a thick rubber coating with a crosshatched pattern that not only prevents slipping, it’s also soft enough that it doesn’t mar the surface of the wood. Each cookie is three inches in diameter and an inch thick.
Just place a pair or so of the cookies on a work surface, then and set your workpiece on top. The rubber surface grips well on smooth surfaces like wood, glass, metal or plastic They’ll hold a board or partially finished workpiece in place so you can plane, drill, sand or rout it. The added inch of clearance from the bench allows for routing edges or finishing an edge without sticking to the supporting surface. Since they don’t slip, won’t mar a surface, and are a standard size, Bench Cookies a great improvement over wood scraps. You do need to keep them clean by brushing chips and sawdust off the rubber with a stiff natural-bristle brush.
They’re sold in sets of four, sometimes with a nice little tray that you can mount on a pegboard or wall. If your cookies just come in a box, you can buy an aftermarket tray to hold two sets. Either way, get you some!