Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Benchcrafted Barrel Nuts---You Won't Beleive This

When we first introduced our Barrel Nuts, we had some hesitation about offering such a fastener at the price point of $40 per set. We've sold a lot of Barrel Nuts-aside from those packaged in our Benchmaker's packages-but we've always wanted to make these great knock-down fasteners more affordable, so you can use them to build all sorts of shop projects, not just bench bases. They are quite versatile, if you let your mind expand beyond the leg-and-rail joint.

Just this week we've discovered a new use for our Barrel Nuts. John is using them to join his end cap to the front top section of his Split-Top Roubo. Normally this wouldn't work with the Barrel Nuts, as they aren't long enough to reach the middle of a 4" thick top. But this top is only 3" thick, so they work perfectly. And it's really easy to install them. Just drill a couple 1" holes. Watch for more details about this in an upcoming The Benchmaker's Apprentice.

Another way we're using Barrel Nuts is to assemble and strengthen a large press we're building. It will basically join a leg to a rail in this configuration. It's just another example of a different way to use this quick fastener.

So now's your chance to come up with an interesting use for Barrel Nuts, or just pick up a set or two for some good old-fashioned knock-down leg-and-rail joints.

That's because we're lowering the price from $40 per set to, get ready, $29! This is not a sale. $29 is the new regular price.

In case you're wondering if we're having these made overseas, the answer is no. And will always be no. They are the same steel nuts, zinc-plated and threaded for 8" long 1/2-13 bolts (included!). And still made right here in the Midwest, U.S. of  A.

To order, visit our ordering page.


  1. If you milled a slot on top of the barrel for a flat head screwdriver, you could then use it below grade like on your benchcrafted Roubo, no?

  2. Technically, yes, but our barrel nuts are designed to not require tools to install, so that would make installation a tad more tricky. But yes, it could work. Stay tuned for more info on this front.

  3. what is this wood joint called?


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.