New Yankee Workshop - Program 109

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 02-28-2010 03:54 AM 4573 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just watched program 109 at For those not familiar with this service, this is the 9th episode ever produced. Each Saturday the episode provided is changed.

What a delight to watch. The tools Norm uses over 20 years ago are not that different than what many of us use today. He actually used a conventional hammer and nails/brads. His dado blade was a wobbler. I think (not certain) that his bandsaw was a shopsmith.

Later in the series, it seemed like Norm had the latest gee-whiz gismo tool available. Often he used tools that most of us would never buy. These early episodes present Norm using more modest and conventional tools.

Besides, the chest of drawers he made was very nice.

I hope to not miss one of these early episodes. They are a delight to watch.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 04:08 AM

Sounds like I better go over and check it out. Thanks Rich, for the heads up.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 04:08 AM

he also didn’t have that much snow on the roof.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 04:19 AM

Clickable link if anyone wants it

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 05:39 AM

That was a shopsmith bandsaw, I bought mine after seeing him use it. Also he used what appeared to be an old craftsman dovetail jig, just like the one I still use

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 08:05 AM

Did you notice the dovetails on one end of the large drawer were pretty sloppy but later they only showed the other end of the drawer. Pretty cool!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 08:39 AM

May be it should be called this old Norm. Thanks Rich.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 08:53 AM

ever watched ‘the woodright shop’ all antique hand tools i guess thy could be classified as cordless

i have tons of norms tv progs on VHS

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 09:51 PM

I clicked the link and watched, i remember those old shows. unfortunately it also made me remember a bad episode of tool envy. i had to blog about it maybe it will get a laugh or two.

-- dannymac

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 04:30 AM

I just watched it Rich and smiled at several of the tools. The router that looked like a miniature R2D2, the router table that I think is the Craftsman model that I still use and the dovetail jig that also looks like my old Craftsman model. He must have had an underpowered router mounted under the table because as he passed some of the stock through, you could really hear that motor whine and then bog down…and he was working with pine! He introduced a thickness planer in the episode and I wonder what brand it was? It was all black on the top but had either Makita or Bosch blue down below. I suspect they painted it to cover up the name since it wasn’t one of the sponsors, like the duct tape they put over “Makita” on his D-handled router. Sure is fun to watch.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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