Introduction: Grippy Work Holders !

Build these super effective grippy work holders ! also know as bench cookies

It makes for an incredibly useful tool whilst it does move a little when using a finishing orbital sander on worktop surface it grips really well when using the random orbit sander, circular saw and the router it holds it firmly in place and lifts it up of the workbench so you can concentrate on the work.

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Check out the video (here) or below

Step 1: Cut Your Wood

I made two 2.5" long and two 5" long you could make as many ask you want.

A slot is cut with the tablesaw about 18mm 3/4 " deep and the same measurement from each side.

Step 2: Grippy Stuff

Get yourself some non slip matting it should be available locally, there are no exact measurements just cut a bit more than you need and make sure it fits in the slots we cut earlier.

use the back of a knife or a ruler to push the matting into place.

Step 3: Test It Out !

It makes for an incredibly useful tool whilst it does move a little when using a finishing orbital sander on worktop surface it grips really well when using the random orbit sander, circular saw and the router it holds it firmly in place and lifts it up of the workbench so you can concentrate on the work.

If you replicate this project or any others please do send me an email or message me some photos I would love to see them, I might even feature them in my instructable !

Check out my YouTube channel for lots of cool projects Thankyou !

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Tom Howbridge (author)2016-02-26

I am now giving away free 3 month pro membership for instructables to enter simply post a photo of anything you have made from my instructables good look,

there is 3/3 left!

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Macpug made it! (author)Tom Howbridge2016-03-05

hi Tom, I made these last night Thanks for the idea!

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Tom Howbridge (author)Macpug2016-03-06

Thanks ! I have sent you a message

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Mastros (author)2016-03-22

Well, now, that is a good one!! This is excellent idea, an invention!!

I will do a pair, I'm thinking to use this material that they normally use to hold the plates on the table.

Actually, a few days ago I noticed that my beloved worktools shop also sells sheets of rubber, of various thickness.

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cepterbi (author)2016-03-06

great simple idea. these instructables made me fall in love with this community. Tnx for sharing.

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Tom Howbridge (author)cepterbi2016-03-06

THanks!

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Tom Howbridge (author)2016-03-06

1/3 left

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Macpug made it! (author)2016-03-05

Quick to make and works great, see response below,sorry if I didn't post it right, first timer ;)

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Tom Howbridge (author)Macpug2016-03-06

Thanks ! I have sent you a message

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steinie44 made it! (author)2016-03-06
Let's make The Grr-rabber

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JonathanMurray (author)2016-02-26

Brilliant. And I have that exact material on my workbench... of course I also have a set of bench cookies, but these will make a fine addition to my workshop!

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thanks Jonathan !

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jnorv (author)2016-02-25

You might consider using rubber spline, the stuff that is used in
Aluminum screens, to hold the non slip matting in the groves. A tool to
press the spline into the grove is available.

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austin.hall.129794 (author)jnorv2016-02-26

hot glue gun. 'nuff said

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probably wont last and there isnt room for hot glue as the space is taken up from the material, nice idea though thanks austin !

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Tom Howbridge (author)jnorv2016-02-26

you could but wedging it back on itself worked best for me.

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namora (author)jnorv2016-02-26

A pizza cutter works in a pinch.

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pmshah (author)2016-02-25

I think if the work table surface is just slightly rough it would prevent whatever little movement you have. I don't do a lot of DIY work but it is always a pain to keep the workpiece from moving. Will most certainly make it. Thanks for the great idea.

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Tom Howbridge (author)pmshah2016-02-26

i agree ! thanks!

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Pa1963 (author)2016-02-25

Just laying a sheet of this stuff on a work surface helps a lot.

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Tom Howbridge (author)Pa19632016-02-26

when I tried it my wood would not stay still

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Chucknsc (author)2016-02-25

great idea, wish I had come up with it. I'm a firm believer that if the idea is more to the simple the BETTER it will work !

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Tom Howbridge (author)Chucknsc2016-02-26

yeah!

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BobT62 (author)2016-02-25

Nice!! I will make some of these for sure and I know they will come in handy!!

Instructions were very clear and easy to follow.

Thanks!!

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Tom Howbridge (author)BobT622016-02-26

Thanks Bob !

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Bowyang (author)2016-02-20

Fabulous! Must make some of these. I've tried lots of different clamping methods with limited success. THANKS FOR SHARING.

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Tom Howbridge (author)Bowyang2016-02-26

thanks!

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doitoitmself (author)2016-02-20

Absolutely ingenious! Will definitely use this, it's hard when you're working alone. I'm often desperate for a third hand.

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thanks!

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Cloudy50 (author)2016-02-25

Brilliant idea thanks where can I buy this rubbers
Cheers

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jnorv (author)Cloudy502016-02-25

I buy mine from a local screen shop. Home Depot has it, as does McMaster-Carr (http://www.mcmaster.com/#)

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Cloudy50 (author)jnorv2016-02-26

Thank you

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LeeS60 (author)Cloudy502016-02-25

This is available at most local drug stores (Walgreens, Rite_Aid, etc.)in the sundries or household section. Try asking for shelf liner, next to shelf paper, used in the bottom of kitchen cabinets.

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Cloudy50 (author)LeeS602016-02-26

Thank you

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DavieMac (author)2016-02-26

good, simple, quick idea. Now I know what to do with my leftover drawer liner. ?

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GillesR2 (author)2016-02-26

it seems very useful!

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Eh Lie Us! (author)2016-02-25

Great idea for sanding.

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I MP (author)2016-02-25

You can get the anti slip material at Dollar Tree

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mcgypsy9 (author)2016-02-25

Brilliant!! Thank you soooooo very much!!

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california artistic (author)2016-02-21

PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS YOUR DOING. I'LL MAKE THIS WORK HOLDER FOR MY SHOP.BEST OF LUCK TO YOUR FUTURE WORKS. FREDERICK GRANVILLE

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THANK YOU FREDERICK, BUT CAN YOU PLEASE STOP SHOUTING.

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jreidy1 (author)2016-02-20

Great way to get the ends into the groove! I've got an entire sanding table made with that stuff.

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gjuyal (author)2016-02-19

i would like to know why did you fit the non slip into the groove. what if the wooden blocks r glued with the non slip mat without any grooves. how would it affect the tool??

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BeachsideHank (author)gjuyal2016-02-19

Because of the flexation of the rubber- like mat, it is difficult to find a suitable glue/ adhesive that will hold up for any length of time, therefore mechanical solutions are mostly used.

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You are right about the mat not taking glue.

I made some a while ago and just wrapped the mat around the block, I left enough to overlap on one side, and stapled both layers of mat to the block.

As long as the staples are well away from the top and bottom of the block, it works fine.

Your idea looks better though

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Good point

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Tom Howbridge (author)gjuyal2016-02-19

It would work just fine but i used this method as i found it be the easiest and the most effective!

Thanks :)

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nfrankcom (author)2016-02-20

Excellent idea. Thank you for sharing it.

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Corey T.W (author)2016-02-19

Just six days ago I was thinking about how I could use more bench cookies. This is a GREAT idea!

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Tom Howbridge (author)Corey T.W2016-02-19

Make as many as you want :)

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