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06-24-2017 08:44 PM

Yesterday, was one of those days you just needed stay out of the rain. I have a project drying in the shop, so creating saw dust was not an option. (Bad day to finish a project, took forever to dry due to the humidity.)
I was feeling nostalgic, went to YouTube and queued up a couple of episodes of the New Yankee Workshop. I used to watch these every Saturday morning years ago. I claim to be a self taught woodworker, but watching these I have to admit I think most of my techniques came from Norm.

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#1 posted 06-24-2017 09:32 PM

I have the entire series that I acquired somewhere or another. It’s fun to go back to the earliest episodes. The shop isn’t equipped as nicely as mine. That all changed when the show got popular and Russ Morash leveraged that for all of the awesome tools.

Norm’s techniques were more carpentry based that cabinetry. For instance, in season 1, episode 9, he does a Shaker chest of drawers and nails the drawer backs to the sides with box nails. Pretty funny.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 06-24-2017 10:23 PM

He’s interesting to watch.

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#3 posted 06-25-2017 12:59 AM

I have the new Yankee workshop series also only thy are on VCR. so I don’t watch them anymore, but Norm is who got me interested in woodworking years ago.

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#4 posted 06-25-2017 01:13 AM

I sure miss watching Norm. He sure wrote the book on woodworking tv shows.

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#5 posted 06-25-2017 01:18 AM

I only saw probably 2 or maybe 3 of his shows. (That could explain a lot) :>/

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#6 posted 06-25-2017 01:32 AM

The pneumatic brad nailer ‘just while the glue sets’ (snicker).

M

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#7 posted 06-25-2017 01:41 AM

Does anyone remember The Furniture Guys, Ed Feldman and Joe L’Erario? Joe used to make jokes about Norm and his stain and poly finishes. Pretty funny show, if you like campy comedy.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#8 posted 06-25-2017 01:45 AM

I wonder how many brad nailers where sold because of Norm’s shows?

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#9 posted 06-25-2017 02:32 AM

Too many!

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#10 posted 06-25-2017 02:39 AM



Too many!

- Madmark2

Do you own any brad nailers

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#11 posted 06-25-2017 02:52 AM

I have many…..

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#12 posted 06-25-2017 07:13 AM

Norm brought me back when my interest in woodworking was fading!

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#13 posted 06-25-2017 02:05 PM

One of the first large projects I built was Norm’s farm table. I had to wear flannel to get the table square.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 06-26-2017 02:56 AM

Loved watching Norm on Saturday mornings. My son (now 28) and I would be up early on Saturdays when he was small, to “watch wood shows with Dad” as he told his first grade teacher at school. Miss him, but glad he now has time to play on his boat and do TOH shows occasionally.

It’s a shame nobody has really replaced him. Tommy Mac is close, but doesn’t have Norm’s touch, and that Woodsmith show is so over produced (and over scripted) it’s hard to watch.

I also miss David Mark’s show, which really taught me about wood figure. Norm pretty much ignored wood figure, and board matching for a project. Norm was about the mechanics, David Marks was about the aesthetic.

I do still watch Roy Underhill, but not much more to learn from him these days.

Here’s a Norm project I got the plans for and enjoyed making:

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#15 posted 06-26-2017 03:06 AM

Norm had charisma and a great format. I prefer the early shows, especially S1, but they are all good.

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