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Forum topic by Lifesaver2000 posted 10-31-2012 01:43 AM 4015 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lifesaver2000

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10-31-2012 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

As any NCIS fan knows, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a woodworker, primarily building boats in the early seasons, later working on other types of projects in his basement. Through it all, Gibbs seemed to be a confirmed hand tool only user, even being known to make the occasional insulting comment about power tools.

Well, in tonight’s episode (10-30-12) Gibbs was in a pawn shop on a case, and finds what he says is a Shopsmith 10ER (I don’t know them well enough to confirm or deny), and seems very interested. Later, we find that he has actually purchased the Shopsmith, and even see him finishing setting it up, apparently ready to use. Looks like Gibbs has gone Normite!

I am looking forward to seeing what projects Gibbs has planned for the rest of this season.

Not sure why I am posting this, but I just find it interesting how much Gibb’s woodworking hobby finds it’s way into the show. Not something you see very often. Now, if more shows just had ham radio operators (besides Tim Allen).


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#1 posted 10-31-2012 03:00 AM

Now if you could only share how he gets them boats out of his workshop :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 01:44 PM

He worked as a carpenter before making a success of his acting career, according to wikipedia.

Long live NCIS. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 02:06 PM

It looked like a 10 ER….from the little that could be seen in the two scenes it was in.
Since the writers on NCIS rarely leave anything hanging, I’ll wager we’ll see a lot more of that “solid machine” in future episodes.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gibbs cut anything. Mostly planing and sanding and some hammering home of some pegs.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 02:07 PM

He’ll be installing a dust collection system next. That’s a can of worms that will never be solved in one episode !

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 03:19 PM

Uhhhh, what is NCIS?
Bill

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 03:39 PM

My wife and I were watching that episode and I was trying to explain to her what a Shopsmith was. I kinda get the feeling she didn’t care.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 03:41 PM

He likes working in the dark,too.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 03:43 PM

I was under the impression he used hand tools only because he likes to drink while he works.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 04:03 PM

In the last scene of the episode, he was pouring out something out of a bottle while he was standing there at the machine, so I wouldn’t rule out his drinking while using the Shopsmith too. It did seem like it was a smaller shot that what he usually has though.

Bill, N.C.I.S. is a television program on the CBS Television Network about a group of investigators of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The lead character that I mention above is a woodworker. The actor, Mark Harmon, who plays him is supposed to be a woodworker also, and I have been told that the tools shown on the show actually belong to Harmon.

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 04:19 PM

Thanks Lifesaver. I hope I never have any criminal actions around my navel. :)
Sorry! Just had to make a smart a$$ remark.
I’ll have to try to watch the show.
Bill

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 04:40 PM

david

grizzly gave him a tool cart
big enough for the whole house

push out of the way
and flood the basement
(drink some whiskey while doing this)

and wait for the boat to float to ground level
(i think the whiskey got to him on the first boat
and it floated away)
so he made a second one

roll the house back
and drink some more whiskey
go to work
and smack everyone on the back of the head

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 06:25 PM

I have a shopsmith 10er that looked like one. its not easy to tell the difference between 10e an 10er but it looked like the er model.

-- Got Wood?

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 08:22 PM

I had a 10ER. Great machine; like any other machine, requires one to adjust to it’s excentriciities.

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 05:40 AM

I stopped watching NCIS a couple seasons ago, this almost makes me wish I hadn’t because buying a Shopsmith is a marked change in Gibb’s character. I always got the impression that it was never really about the boat but about the woodwork which is why he was never in a hurry or concerned about how to the boat would be moved from the basement. Or perhaps that the boat was for his retirement and so he was in no hurry to finish. But didn’t something catastrophic happen and the boat was destroyed?

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#15 posted 11-01-2012 05:55 AM

David – thank you for the well thought out explanation :)

The boat he works on is the same one he started on season 1. Other ones that he has made were burned because they would have an ex-wife’s name on it.

He did move the boat out of the basement, once, to make room for a temporary project. How he moved it and where it went was never disclosed. I would assume the writers steer clear of explaining that mystery knowing that the mailbox would have some 50,000 emails from lumberjocks around the world explaining why that method would have been impossible.

Although, I am sure they might have already received a few thousand suggestions on what method might work best :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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