The New Yankee Workshop

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

As a child, I used to watch The New Yankee Workshop with my dad. It was on Saturday afternoon, around one, and we would sit in the couch and watch as Norm Abram would build the items that every man should have in his workshop. Neither my father nor I had the tools, space, out even the desire to recreate the items being built (even though we could get the measure drawing from their website…) but we would watch him build everything he needed, including a jig for whatever cut he happened to make…he seemed to have a jig for Egbert cut known to man…

Recently, I started watching his program again and got to wondering a few things… First on that list is did he ever make mistakes, and if so, are they available to the public, our sites PBS keep them locked in a vault? Second, did he build everything himself, or where interns just out of camera that helped him? Was that his own workshop on his land, or was that something studio hands crafted for him to use? What lumberyard did he use, our did he cut the tree himself? (I’m picturing Norm out there with a custom made jig as I you’re this, and it’s making people look at me funny)

Whatever his methods, they worked like nobody’s business… Did Norm keep the furniture he made inn the shop, our did he give it away, or destroy it to reuse the lumbah (as he and my father would say)? And his safety glasses had to be custom made to fit his prescription, or did he just always have them on?

Well, those are just a few thoughts on The New Yankee Workshop, maybe I’m the future I will post a blog about This Old House and/or its spinoff Ask This Old House. Just remember, read, understand, and follow all safety warnings on your power tools, and there is no more important safety feature than these, safety glasses

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