New Yankee Workshop - Program 110

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 03-11-2010 06:46 AM 3751 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a great program. You can see it at Norm makes a candle table and he uses very basic power tools like most of us have. Hurry, a new episode will be put up on Saturday.

I did not realize how much he used Shopsmith tools in the early days. His drill press. his belt sander and his lathe are clearly Shopsmith. I think (but I am not certain) that his bandsaw is also a Shopsmith.

I swear that I enjoy these old episodes of the NYW more than I enjoyed the more recent episodes. I like them because he is using tools that are comparable with or inferior to the tools I use.

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

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 07:01 AM

Hey Rich, thanks to you I now have another woodworking site to keep up with. I’ve started watching the old shows after you posted the first couple of reminders. Did you catch the part when Norm was gloating that he thought he could make that candle stand without any hand tools except a box cutter? That reminded me of why I got into woodworking. lol


-- Jim

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 07:28 AM

When I was a kid his show pissed me off because I thought if had all those tools I could build furniture also. Boy was I ever wrong. I already miss the show. My kitchen cabinet dvd’s just showed up…..:)

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 07:30 AM

I love Norm’s old table saw, especially the TERRIBLE fence! It makes me feel so much better about mine. :)

-- David from Indiana --

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 07:31 AM

The kitchen cabinet series is permanently saved on my DVR. I hate to think what will happen if I ever have to give it back to the cable company.

-- David from Indiana --

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 08:26 AM

Good old Norm

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 08:52 AM

Thanks for the tip! Boy I will miss his shows !

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 12:15 PM

i bet Norm sits back and laughs when he thinks of how much he has adcanced from that old shopsmith and planer. still this is inspiration to me that in my small shop if i try i can build great things.

-- 20 year old new woodworker. advice and tools much appreciated.

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 02:22 PM

Norm is King !!!

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#9 posted 03-11-2010 03:23 PM

The lathe, belt sander and drill press were all ShopSmith stuff. I owned a ShopSmith bandsaw which I had set up as a stand alone tool. I bought it 28 years ago. I mention this because it’s clear to me that it wasn’t nearly as good as the bandsaw in the video. I sold mine last year because I had a new Grizzly model.

Interesting to see how primitive his shop was compared to the way it was last year, stuff full of up-to-the-minute machinery.

And no waterwheel, either.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#10 posted 03-11-2010 05:22 PM

Thank you for your posting this I though norm was done

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 12:01 AM

I Love it! He makes things looks so simple, like anyone can do it. NYW is the only show that actually makes me want to build along side each episode, even if I don’t particularly like the project or need it.

-- Blair

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#12 posted 03-13-2010 04:18 AM

Norm, without the high $ tools… I watched the table episode, it looked like he had to change bits in his router 6 times to make the 3 sliding dovetails in the post. I just assumed he always had dozens of routers…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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