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The New Yankee Workshop 

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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Norm Abram Norm Abram ...  Himself - Host / ... 232 episodes, 1989-2009


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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

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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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Referenced in Freakazoid!: Normadeus (1997) See more »

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Almost as much fun to watch as to build the stuff!
19 August 2002 | by PerkunasSee all my reviews

I'm rather surprised I'm the first to write in on this show, as it is one of my favorite Saturday treats. NYW is a show hosted by Norm Abrams, the master carpenter from "This Old House" (as well as being the "model" for the character of Al Borland of "Tool Time" -- ur, "Home Improvement" -- fame). Like TOH, it is produced by the WQED folks in Boston, and appears on various PBS stations (at differing times) as well as (currently) 7:30am ET on HGTV.

Each show is typically a weekend project that Norm builds, using his wonderful assortment of power tools and his spacious workshop that most of the viewers can only dream about having. What he does in a weekend, of course, takes most of us MONTHS to build... but even so, it is very useful for picking up different tricks, tips and techniques.

Most of the projects are furniture, very often Shaker or Quaker style as found in his area of New England. The shows I've found the most interesting are when he actually builds stuff to use in his workshop, designed for the "weekend warrior carpenters" (like me).

Mr. Abrams gets a lot of grief from other woodworkers, from his use of "shortcuts" and his "mass-marketing" of woodworking, but he has definitely gotten more people interested in the hobby and he does demonstrate that you can get very good quality results from the proper use of power tools (for example, dovetail joinery using a router and jig, rather than hand-cut with a saw).

His "acting" leaves a little to be desired, but most of the time it's really just him, doing what he loves. A little "sawdust therapy" never hurt anyone....

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