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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 01-18-2013 09:10 AM 1295 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bluekingfisher

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01-18-2013 09:10 AM

Ok, so I’m a fan of the Woodsmith TV show, I think the guys on there are a hoot, cheesy, yes but good fun and make the idea of woodworking fun and highlight the fact not every tool in the book is not always required for projects. (Thanks Norm, watching you has cost me a bomb lol)

Anyways, I have just orderd the new series 6 DVD. We don’t receive the programme here in the UK, at least I don’t think we do, so has anyone watched the latest DVD yet or the series of shows…............any good??

BTW – I had excellent service for Jennie & Tammy from the sales team with regards to my order, so thanks ladies with the advice and information. Series 7 DVD is only a year away!

Thanks all

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan


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#1 posted 01-18-2013 05:57 PM

I also agree that the Woodsmith program is just right for me. It is cheesy, but the techniques and methods they use and teach seem to apply well to my mid-novice experience. Sorry I can’t speak to the season 6 with the exception that I’ve seen 2 episodes and they were very good – my opinion.

Cheers, David!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 06:48 PM

Hi David, I’m sure I have watched them. I don’t pay much attention to the series and and episode numbers on the TV guide listing. They are all about the same. Lots of help in the shop. Norm had lots of equipment. I especially liked the dedicated mortiser; something I’d probably never use. These guys are never short of hands for those little tasks when 2 just aren’t quite enough. With that said, I always seem to learn something from them and would list them on my favorites right below Roy and about even with Tommy Mac. Norm is just below that because Roy would be done by the time Norm gets the setup completed ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 11:26 PM

David, can’t help with the dvd question but I also enjoy their way of teaching. They seem to do things with tools that the “average” person would own. But in your case your closer to Norm’s shop than I am. LOL Hope you enjoy the content. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 11:38 PM

I have seen various episodes but I don’t know if they are Season 6 (the latest?).

My pet peeve is that all of the woodworking shows tend to lightly touch on a subject but don’t provide enough information for me to understand how do it if I don’t already have a background in that area. Consider Tommy Mac’s Rough Cut episode where he did a fancy box with multiple pieces of veneer. I have no experience in working with veneer and did not receive enough information to go from a winkled piece of veneer to the finished product. I would like a wood show that focused on technique, not having to complete a project in 20 minutes. Anyone really believe that even Norm could complete a 6 drawer chest in 20 minutes?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 11:52 PM

Norm is good and he has a lot of tools. One for every cut. It they were all set up, YES, he probably could ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 11:53 PM

BTW, Jesse, That is why we all love LJ so much. Once we get interested by the show, we can find out how to do it right here.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 12:13 AM

I haven’t seen the season 6 DVD yet, but I have the first five seasons and like them. They contain both the program that was broadcast and the docs/plans for the various episodes. I just ordered season 6 yesterday.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 01:50 AM

I just ordered mine. I have the first 5 seasons CDs and I recorded the 6th season on my dvr. I bought the season 6 cd because if my dvr crapped out I would be so ticked about loosing this season that buying the cd is cheaper than buying a new tv after I threw the dvr through the screen. I love the show and the projects.

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 07:41 PM

Many thanks for responding fellahs, I guess I’m not alone in being a fan of their show. The projects all seem “do-able” and not drawn out, which I like. I don’t have the patience for complicated projects, least not yet. I always seem to need the space or the bench for some “emergency” that SWMBO needs sorting out. Today it was a puncture repair on here bicycle (rear of course) AND a leaking tap (faucet). All that and snow clearing…...Yes Woodsmith is for me.

Thanks again guys.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 07:45 PM

I just noticed they are running season 6 here. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-20-2013 09:58 PM

TopamaxSurvivor, I agree that Norm was (is ?) a good ambassador to the non-woodworking community. I can imagine people watching Norm and saying “that woodworking is not so hard.”

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#12 posted 01-20-2013 11:18 PM

I agree David, the Woodsmith show is the best Woddworking TV show out there ,Don Peschke a long time woodworking has great techniques and knows enough to break things down into clear precise small operations making it easy for all levels of woodworkers to understand all in about 20 minuets. Their magazine has been first rate too for all these years with plans that are always accurate . I also have dealt with their customer service and it was outstanding in every way, going way above beyond to serve. I like Tommy MC Donald’s “Rough Cut” show but the production does skip over details that leaves newer woodworkers lacking details.
For the best on line woodworking I go with Charles Neils’ “Mastering woodworking” substitution woodworking show where Charles teaches each student how to build a project one step at a time passing on tips that many advanced woodworkers are not aware of.
Isn’t great we have all these great woodworking resources!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 01-20-2013 11:43 PM

I have yet to buy the DVDs from Woodsmith since I turn on the old DVR machine when the episodes roll around. It’s nice to be in the south east part of Michigan since I can pull in WTVS channel 56 and WCMU channel 28. If I miss an episode, I just wait a week and it will air on the other PBS station. Now, to answer your question, yes they are good. They’re just like all the other seasons: tons of tips, easy to break the project into manageable steps, and the best part, free plans from their website! The “cheesy” jokes are still there, but not as cheesy as some of the other woodworking shows, Roy Underhill, I’m looking your way. My two cents worth.

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bluekingfisher

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#14 posted 01-21-2013 10:06 AM

Bob,Jese,Jim & Mip,

Thanks again for the input fellahs, much appreciated. I’m now looking forward to having the new DVD drop on my door mat

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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RogerInColorado

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#15 posted 01-23-2013 12:49 AM

They also have back issues of their two magazines (Woodsmith Shop and Shop Notes) on CD. I bought the Woodsmith Shop one and when my bride discovered how much I loved it she bought me the Shop Notes one. Once loaded onto my PC with a shortcut to the directory I can load it up and search and read to my heart’s content. It’s really handy for “I remember seeing it but don’t remember how they did it” things. Works out to about 50 cents an issue for the magazines. Great resource.

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