bench cookies...yea or nay?

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  1. funkymann1

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    just bought some...i used to just use an old shower towel under my bodies while i route pockets but after so much saw dust it would start to move around to much....i picked some up...seems kinda hard on some shape bodies to keep them on the edges so the body does not pop up when you route next to any sides like a rear control cavity...
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  2. adirondak5

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    I've been using bench cookies for years , I use them for routing pockets , round overs , etc , just use enough of them to keep body from tipping , one of the better shop items to have around
     
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    I'm surprised to hear them being used for routing, where the slightest slip can mean mistake/disaster (or injury!)

    I have some, and use them for other work, but would be way too cautious to rely on them for routing. I want to be sure everything but me and the router cannot move, so everything is clamped/screwed/whatever.

    I like using them for simple things like sanding a body blank, so I can sand the entire face/back at once, without clamps/vice getting in the way.
     
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    I was skeptical when I first picked some up , I believe it was Colt's recommendation that got me on them , they just work , and for me they work well .
     
  5. DrASATele

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    +1 If i remember to grab them when I'm routing :D
     
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    :rolleyes: Dang, I've got a couple handfuls of those things in a drawer. Clean forgot I had 'em!
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    Use them for hand routing just like Herb said. Never had an issue.
     
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    I use a square from a yoga mat, or else use carpet tape to stick the piece to my workbench if its smaller. My bench cookies mostly collect dust.
     
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    I'm with brainy personally. They lose some of there grip when dusty or dirty and I wouldn't trust routing on them for that reason. I use them in setup, finishing stages mainly.
     
  10. dsutton24

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    I use Bench Cookies all the time, but don't rely on them to hold work still for routing. Any time I use a handheld router the work is clamped down. I've never had a router accident that worried me in terms of injury, but I've had more than a few of those little incidents that ruined patterns or projects. Clamping the work down just eliminates one more potential for trouble, and adds nothing to the time it takes to do a job.
     
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    I agree....I want to be assured nothing will move.
     
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    I've used them in all kinds of situations and never had them slip when routing. I keep then relatively clean, but they don't need to be that clean to hold really well.
     
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    I'd never even heard of them until this thread! must look into it...
     
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    I clamp things down when I route these days, but I still use my bench cookies for a lot of stuff.
     
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    I'm with BB... routing is serious shiite.... soild as a rock clamped/screwed.. or I don't even plug the router/trimmer in...;)
     
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    bit of background for us landlubbers

    I don't build guitars myself, but as my dad was a keen carpenter when we were kids, I kept a strictly watching interest in woodworkers ever since. In case there are any more like me who had no idea what a bench cookie was, here's what I just found on YT
     
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    and I must admit that looks pretty scary!
     
  18. DrASATele

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    I wouldn't use them for that type of routing. That is scary, I know they grip well but I kept waiting for the piece to get shot across the room.

    I use them when routing through a piece and I need space between the router and table. Like deepening a LP control cavity. I also use some creative clamping to ensure my safety and minimal damage to the body sould the router decide it's hungry.
     
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    This. I've had bench cookies since they first came out, but I mostly use them for sanding or some assembly that requires a cabinet or some other thing to be slightly raised from the workbench. Nothing beats clamps for routing.

    I use this a lot, works like a charm. Bought it to use pocket holes in face frames, but works great for guitars, too.
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    They work great, and I do use them for routing, but not along the edges, that's what a router table is for. But for doing cavities etc I've never had a problem.

    However, you can't get away with just 1 pack of four, you'll not be able to support all of the edges, and you may get tipping if you're not careful. I always use 6 to 8 depending on the shape of the guitar.
     
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