A traveling work bench and a weekend in New Hampshire – Part 2

If I were to built the bench again, I would have not added a decorated
finials to the wooden nuts that anchors the lag screws. The finials
allowed me to easily rotate the nuts right or left, and in and out in order to align them with the lag screws, but they are prone to breakage and might be just
that obstacle you bang your knee or toe into. In hindsight the nut
should have had a protrusion to help me align it to the lag screw, but
definitely less conspicuous than the one I made. The best way to
transform a wooden dowel into a leg screw nut is by
pre-tapping the dowel hole with a makeshift lag bolt tap.  Using a rectangle file I formed a
tapered groove in the end of a lag bolt– starting at the tip and going back to about 3/4” long. 
The teeth formed on the sides of the groove thread the hole, so once
you screw in the actual connecting lag-bolts, they easily anchor themselves in the
wooden nuts.

 

 

I equipped my new American workbench with a Record Marple Hold Down clamp (Model #145), a quick release bench-vise, three rows of 3/4" diameter holes to accommodate the Veritas system of bench dogs. The street-found workbench served me well. For eight years it stood in my living room enabling me to do small scale projects in the comfort of my home. Because I had to relocate and knew that a close friend would probably make best use of the bench, I decided to give it to Jake, knowing he could put it to good use in his and his girlfriend's cabin in New Hampshire. Last weekend I took the bus and visited my friends in Tamworth N.H. Their cabin is nice and cozy, built twenty years ago by Karl, Caitlin's father; no running water, no electricity, but with a working stove and lots of character.

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.