|Forum topic by davidroberts||posted 02-21-2010 12:57 AM||1254 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-21-2010 12:57 AM
While resting a bit after taking apart our 20 yo cloth dryer, it’s going bump, bump, bump, I decided to watch an online episode of New Yankee Workshop. It appears the 100 series, i.e. episode 107, 108 etc. is the first year or close to first year of airing. The current online episode is a tall bookcase.
What really struck me is the sparseness of the shop and his carpenter-like construction methods. He used the old Delta Unisaw but with a stock metal fence and round rails, no big biesemeyer fence, no outfeed table, and no fancy blade. He also used a RAS, I’m not sure what brand, and a small almost toy like miter saw. I believe the miter saw was Makita. He also used a big cordless long handled Makita drill, which was cutting edge at the time but would look odd today. He glued and screwed the bookcase together, and hammered in 4 penny nails to attach the face front, and the edge trim on the book shelves. No brad nailer, no biscuits.
He put a roundover edge on some of the pieces using a Makita router. No router table, and no big 3 1/4hp Porter Cable router. He had no jointer and no thickness planer that was shown. He used stock pine boards for all the trim and I think birch plywood, which he said was cheaper than quality pine. Maybe he meant cheaper than using pine boards for everything verses plywood.
Norm used a couple of C-clamps but no big Bessy or Jet clamps, not even a pipe clamp, He used the C-clamp to hold down a primative pockethole jig, a metal one holer. And I never saw him use any sort of ROS or 1/4 pad sander. He painted the piece, not stained or some fancy finish. Just prime and paint. He did sand the primer prior to painting.
I guess the moral is we all start out simple in the beginning. Also is nice to watch Norm’s construction methods evolve along with his supporters (Delta, PC mostly) and the quality and types of tools at his disposal. Lets face it, when Norm introduced a new tool, it was sold out afterwards for a few weeks.
Also Norm was younger, no grey, and a bit chunkier, and no plaid, just a collared golf shirt, with tennis shoes, and no mention of safety, as in “these, safety glasses”. Good times.
-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.