We resisted the impulse to join the herd of firms offering shop work standoffs, as they can be made so easily at home.

We did, however, succumb to the impulse to exercise a bit of lateral thinking on our position on work standoffs. A hockey puck (sold separately) may seem like a strange object to use as a work standoff, but we found it to be just about the right size for the application.

To make it non-skidding, we had "grip discs" punched from high-friction material backed with a high-shear, pressure-sensitive adhesive; just apply a 2 3/4" disc to each face and your hockey puck is transformed into a bench puck that can then be used to elevate your work for better access.

You don't need new pucks to make these – just reuse any old pucks you may have, even the chipped ones that the kids won’t play with anymore.

We sell the 2 3/4" diameter by 1/8" thick discs in packages of eight (smaller sizes are in packages of 25).

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