The New Yankee Workshop (1989–2009)

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In this PBS series, craftsman Norm Abram demonstrates how to build quality furniture in one's own workshop using traditional carpentry techniques. Abram also gives pointers on restoring and... See full summary »

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In this PBS series, craftsman Norm Abram demonstrates how to build quality furniture in one's own workshop using traditional carpentry techniques. Abram also gives pointers on restoring and caring for antique furniture, along with short history lessons regarding famous craftsmen of America's past. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Norm Abram: Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools PROPERLY will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule...
[Norm points to his glasses.]
Norm Abram: ...than to wear THESE... safety glasses...
[He holds up ear protectors]
Norm Abram: ...and also HEARING protection when necessary.
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Perfect mortises in half the time??
12 June 2003 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

I love Norm! I love the show!

My amateur woodworking hobby started after watching a few shows of NYW, where one gets to watch in awe as His Normness builds a perfect piece of furniture without any mistakes, in just (apparently) a weekend!

Actually, it takes Norm a bit to build a Missionary-style cabinet, but the tips one picks up - not to mention the sheer envy of seeing him working with all those cool tools! - make the whole experience worthwhile and very entertaining.

Norm is one of the best TV-woodworkers there can be, and all the stuff he builds can actually be build by just anyone with a few of the tools he has... Of course, he has $15,000.00 worth of tools and I only have about $500.00 cheap Chinese tools, but hey what the heck! I can still tape the shows and maybe do some of those projects when I upgrade!

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