I've not yet seen a major need for 'em, all's I ever might need one for is pretty much handled with some clever wedging and vise work. On the other hand, I'm betting they'd save a lot of time for setting up stuff.
I've looked into a couple of the 'router rugs' for stuff like flat relief carving, I'd bet they'd save a lot of time in setup as well. Might work for chisel work too. If there was one thing I'd love to have, it's a way to speed setting up. As it is, my shop work goes a lot like city traffic; go like a sneeze for a while, then slow way down for setup, then go like a sneeze for a little while longer.
On a side now, what are those bench cookies made of? Looks like a plastic housing with some rubbery material inside. Do you think they'll last long-term? Too much is disposable, I prefer the 'buy it once and use it until you can afford better' over the 'buy one today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, until you lose your temper and explode'. ;)
I'm pretty much out of the WW business these days for many reasons but I believe that those cookies will be as good as eating some other cookies.If you haven't guessed, I like cookies but these non edibles will find a place in many shops I think.
I wasn't planning on purchasing them, but since I was placing an order for other things I figured I'd give them a try and bought 2 sets.
When I got them I just tossed them into the drawer thinking I may use them some time soon, but that could easily be a month or more. As it turns out, I used them about 2 days later for holding a piece I was routing. I must say that they actually work better than I ever expected them to.
You're absolutely right about the grabbing power of these little things and the grabbing power didn't seem to deminish when they had some sawdust on them.
Overall I think they'll prove usefull over time and glad I made the purchase. Although, while I like cookies, I'm a huge hockey fan so they're pucks to me instead of cookies.
I saw 'em in Vegas at AWFS ... my first thought was skepticism - they just seem too small in surface area to really grab. I'm glad to see real users reporting that isn't the case.
Usually, when something new like this comes out I like to wait awhile to see how it holds up. What I wanna know is how they do after a year in a dusty shop with all sorts of fine sanding flour on 'em. THAT was my problem with the "router mats", once the got dusty they slid around quite a bit more. Washing them off helped a bit, but nothing like when they were new. Because of that, I'm back to clamp - route - move - clamp - route - move ... kinda annoying, eh!
Hopefully one of us remembers to post/seek an update in about a year or so :)
The hard plastic/Epoxy/? stuff in the middle is 3/4" thick.
Looks like a Hockey Puck... I wonder if they would slide on ice? :) :)
On each side of the Cookie, there is a 1/8" layer of very soft, high quality rubber that has a grid all over it, about 1/16" squares.
Those Router Rugs will shift... just enough to screw up a routing cut! I know from experience. These Cookies work substancially BETTER than the Rugs!
BTW, I think a flat workpiece being used for carving, would be held in place by simply placing it on top of four of these! NO OTHER clamps, etc. required... I haven't tried it, but I'd bet you money on it! :)
I've never seen anything like this... They just GRAB IT! AWESOME!
Then I got a FREE SHIPPING email... I ordered them... all it cost me was actual cost $11.99 plus Sales Tax!
I was going to wait & include in another order... Can't argue with free shipping! :)
I will find out how long they will Grab the old fashioned way... :)
If the rubber stays soft, I think they will work; if it doesn't, they won't. The rubber reminds me of what a very High Quality mico meshed sponge would be... don't know... just guessing.
If you coulda put a small piece of wood on ONE of them and tried to move it around, you'd be a believer.
>I saw 'em in Vegas at AWFS ... my first thought was
>skepticism - they just seem too small in surface area to
>really grab. I'm glad to see real users reporting that isn't
>Usually, when something new like this comes out I like to
>wait awhile to see how it holds up. What I wanna know is how
>they do after a year in a dusty shop with all sorts of fine
>sanding flour on 'em. THAT was my problem with the "router
>mats", once the got dusty they slid around quite a bit more.
>Washing them off helped a bit, but nothing like when they
>were new. Because of that, I'm back to clamp - route - move
>- clamp - route - move ... kinda annoying, eh!
>Hopefully one of us remembers to post/seek an update in
>about a year or so :)
I have them on my wishlist for the same reasons. I would like to see some real world reviews for a few months and I HATE the clamp/route method. It sucks.
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