You hardcore woodworking guys probably already know about these, but I thought I’d mention these for all of you in the same boat as me. (I’m usually late to the party on this kind of stuff.) Ever find yourself digging around the shop looking for something to stick under a project to hold it up/steady while you work on it? The trick, of course, is finding something that’s just the right size and shape but also won’t mar the work (or your bench, if you have a fancy one). As usual, Rockler has something to fill the bill: bench cookies. They’re little hockey puck-sized holders with rubber pads on the top and bottom to make ’em grippy.
That handles the “steady” part of the equation, but what about the “up” part, especially with weird-shaped objects? Well, it turns out that Rocker also offers a “cookie cone” — a little cone-shaped cover that slips over the top of the cookies to make them into little triangular, pointed workstands.
It’s hard to see scale from the photo; they’re actually 3″ around and 1″ thick. Besides providing better support for unbalanced objects, the cone also doesn’t mess up staining, for example, so you can stain one side of a small object, then flip it over still wet on the cones and finish the other. While the cookies store easily in a drawer or in their own custom rack ($10, individually) the ones simply nest for storage (like you see in the picture).
The cookies ship in packs of either four ($12) or eight ($30). The eight-pack costs a bit more because it also includes Rockler’s little custom storage rack. You can get the four-pack with the storage rack for $20 if you like.