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2022-05-23 3:48:20 PM  
They installed the floors the old-fashioned way - with cut nails and a skill saw turned upside down on a milk crate.

Would love to see a picture of that - I assume they're describing a homemade table saw?
 
2022-05-23 6:39:28 PM  

little big man: They installed the floors the old-fashioned way - with cut nails and a skill saw turned upside down on a milk crate.

Would love to see a picture of that - I assume they're describing a homemade table saw?


It works really well but it is obviously quite dangerous.

I have also nailed some boards to saw horses and put the circular saw between them. Nail a fence down and rip some boards. Works great when you don't have access to a shop.

Norm is a pillar of my wood working experience. I wish him a happy retirement.
 
2022-05-23 7:43:01 PM  
Norm pretty much covers the range of my adulthood. Learned a shiatload from him on shows.
 
2022-05-23 8:13:17 PM  
I've loved this show my entire life.  Best wishes, Nahm.
 
2022-05-23 8:50:33 PM  
Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule than to wear these safety glasses.

(proceeds to make a roomful of flawless furniture in 6 hours using $300,000 in power tools)
 
2022-05-23 9:01:04 PM  
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2022-05-23 9:20:37 PM  
He has a commercial edition.

New Yankee Workshop
 
2022-05-23 9:48:00 PM  
My grandfather who had a very nicely appointed workshop really disliked this show because of all the fancy equipment Norm would use. Basically, a lot of episodes seemed to be something like:

"Let's look at the construction of this colonial chair, note the dowel mortise joints."
*points to hand-cut construction*
"Now, let's show you how to do that with our colonial furniture duplicating device and a Philadelphia chair jig."
*presses button on machine, receives formed chair*
 
2022-05-23 9:57:58 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule than to wear these safety glasses.

(proceeds to make a roomful of flawless furniture in 6 hours using $300,000 in power tools)


I remember watching New Yankee Workshop back in the late 90s, and thinking 'it must be nice to have a laser guided chop saw, how the hell much does that cost?'

And then right after, you'd have that guy in a newsies cap who used NO power tools at all, and I'd wonder what sort of crack he was smoking.

/now has a better appreciation for hand tools
//should watch more Japanese carpentry YouTube videos
///and would be consider buying a laser guided chop saw
////but everyone knows it's Tom Silva who does most of the work these days
 
2022-05-23 10:01:48 PM  

Iamos: My grandfather who had a very nicely appointed workshop really disliked this show because of all the fancy equipment Norm would use. Basically, a lot of episodes seemed to be something like:

"Let's look at the construction of this colonial chair, note the dowel mortise joints."
*points to hand-cut construction*
"Now, let's show you how to do that with our colonial furniture duplicating device and a Philadelphia chair jig."
*presses button on machine, receives formed chair*


Your grandfather must watch this guy
                                                          
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2022-05-23 10:13:31 PM  

weirdneighbour: Iamos: My grandfather who had a very nicely appointed workshop really disliked this show because of all the fancy equipment Norm would use. Basically, a lot of episodes seemed to be something like:

"Let's look at the construction of this colonial chair, note the dowel mortise joints."
*points to hand-cut construction*
"Now, let's show you how to do that with our colonial furniture duplicating device and a Philadelphia chair jig."
*presses button on machine, receives formed chair*

Your grandfather must watch this guy
                                                        [image.pbs.org image 384x215]


I used to call that "Making Things Without Tools".  Seemed like half the time he was making actual tools to make something else.  "Today, we'll be in the blacksmith's shop, forging and sharpening chisels to use to make this whimsical yard ornament."  Still didn't motivate me enough to get off my ass and change the channel, though.  B^D
 
2022-05-23 10:15:18 PM  

weirdneighbour: Iamos: My grandfather who had a very nicely appointed workshop really disliked this show because of all the fancy equipment Norm would use. Basically, a lot of episodes seemed to be something like:

"Let's look at the construction of this colonial chair, note the dowel mortise joints."
*points to hand-cut construction*
"Now, let's show you how to do that with our colonial furniture duplicating device and a Philadelphia chair jig."
*presses button on machine, receives formed chair*

Your grandfather must watch this guy
                                                          [image.pbs.org image 384x215]


My grandfather might have been that guy, but he didn't eschew power tools.
 
2022-05-23 10:28:06 PM  
And he still has all his fingers!  Of course, this was the guy who was pretty much guaranteed to say this verbatim in every episode:

"Before we use any power tools, let's take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these - safety glasses."
 
2022-05-23 10:29:10 PM  
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2022-05-23 10:51:52 PM  
The recent build video or the wooden Lamborgini didn't have any guides. Just thought I'd point that out because I kept waiting for him to cur his fingetips off.
 
2022-05-23 11:50:35 PM  
I wish I could find the old outtakes & bloopers video of him dropping the F bomb after messing up takes, or screwing up the angle of a cut.

That video only exists in my mind, but, I really want to believe it could exist but will never see the light of day.
 
2022-05-24 12:27:49 AM  
That clarinet though...

Fats Waller-Louisiana Fairytale
Youtube Tjnz0LPGy84
 
2022-05-24 12:45:42 AM  
Anyone know if NYW is available to stream? Thanks.
 
2022-05-24 12:49:12 AM  
But will he still show us his biscuit cutter?
 
2022-05-24 1:07:14 AM  

bughunter: But will he still show us his biscuit cutter?


Where exactly are you going with this?
 
2022-05-24 1:21:56 AM  

Persnickety: And he still has all his fingers!  Of course, this was the guy who was pretty much guaranteed to say this verbatim in every episode:

"Before we use any power tools, let's take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these - safety glasses."


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2022-05-24 1:23:42 AM  

baxterdog: bughunter: But will he still show us his biscuit cutter?

Where exactly are you going with this?


Well, it ain't Flavor Town.
 
2022-05-24 1:28:09 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule than to wear these safety glasses.

(proceeds to make a roomful of flawless furniture in 6 hours using $300,000 in power tools)


Yeah, my take on his show waa this:

"Hi! Thanks for joining us. Today we will be making a canoe.

First, we take our wood and feed in into the canoe shaping machine.

Next, we feed it into the canoe planing machine.

Then we feed it into the canoe shellacking machine.

Finally, we feed it into the canoe shellack drying machine.

And there we have our finished canoe! Good job, everybody.

Next week, tune in and we will make a full-scale replica of the Library of Congress out of birch."
 
2022-05-24 1:34:23 AM  
 Since the original This Old House episodes, my wife had a ladyboner for Norm and his skillful craftsmanship. Not kidding; she has a thing for precision craftsmanship. Me, I laughed every time Norm would deny Bob Vila: "Sorry, Bawb; union rules."
 
2022-05-24 1:39:19 AM  
I'm just going to tack this thread together with a few brads while the goes dries. *pew*pew*pew*
 
2022-05-24 4:30:19 AM  

ukexpat: Anyone know if NYW is available to stream? Thanks.


Yeah, they are on the This Old Housewebsite.  While only the new seasons of TOH can be streamed for free, all of the NYWis able to be streamed for free.
 
2022-05-24 7:38:36 AM  

I Like Bread: That clarinet though...

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tjnz0LPGy84]


Makes me nostalgic for the show already.
 
2022-05-24 8:08:41 AM  
I liked him better in Yankee Workshop, I was always jealous of his workshop with his specialty tools, and his precision in creating perfect joins.  I was putting thousands of hours into retrovating a 1790ish colonial farmhouse at the time.  Wasn't a huge fan of This Old House at the time he crossed over.  Then I stopped watching TV entirely, so I have no idea what he's done the last twenty or so years.
 
2022-05-24 8:10:03 AM  

edmo: Norm pretty much covers the range of my adulthood. Learned a shiatload from him on shows.


I liked the older shows better.  It used to literally be lets fix up "this old house".  Now its all luxury you can't afford it if you tried stuff.
 
2022-05-24 8:11:27 AM  
The man absolutely has skill and talent.  As been pointed out though, he also had $100K+ worth of tools and machinery. Having said that, you could give me the same setup and I couldn't make a simple bird house that wasn't leaning and had gaps all over every seam.
 
2022-05-24 8:13:21 AM  

I Like Bread: That clarinet though...

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And I learned something new today!
I have watched TOH since I was a kid and had no idea that the theme song wasn't just a theme song!
 
2022-05-24 8:14:30 AM  

Ker_Thwap: I liked him better in Yankee Workshop, I was always jealous of his workshop with his specialty tools, and his precision in creating perfect joins.  I was putting thousands of hours into retrovating a 1790ish colonial farmhouse at the time.  Wasn't a huge fan of This Old House at the time he crossed over.  Then I stopped watching TV entirely, so I have no idea what he's done the last twenty or so years.


To be completely accurate, I'm pretty sure it's Russell Morash's workshop and that it's located on his property.
 
2022-05-24 8:29:05 AM  
I remember Norm mostly from Obsessively Watching NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP for a couple of years.

Where every week a man used $500,000 worth of power tools to build $15 wooden stools.  Tool porn at its very best.
 
2022-05-24 8:29:06 AM  

ukexpat: Ker_Thwap: I liked him better in Yankee Workshop, I was always jealous of his workshop with his specialty tools, and his precision in creating perfect joins.  I was putting thousands of hours into retrovating a 1790ish colonial farmhouse at the time.  Wasn't a huge fan of This Old House at the time he crossed over.  Then I stopped watching TV entirely, so I have no idea what he's done the last twenty or so years.

To be completely accurate, I'm pretty sure it's Russell Morash's workshop and that it's located on his property.


Huh, I have the timelines all wrong in my memory. Wiki says he was part of This Old House before Yankee Workshop.  Probably a matter of re-runs and my not paying attention to such things in the pre-internet days.  Still liked him better in the workshop.
 
2022-05-24 9:05:57 AM  
I remember thinking at the time, that if I just had that square chisel drill thing, I could conquer the world!  (or at least speed up my wordworking projects a lot.)
 
2022-05-24 9:34:02 AM  

Mindlock: ukexpat: Anyone know if NYW is available to stream? Thanks.

Yeah, they are on the This Old Housewebsite.  While only the new seasons of TOH can be streamed for free, all of the NYWis able to be streamed for free.


Excellent, thanks.
 
2022-05-24 10:25:21 AM  
After over 1,000 episodes, 43 years, and 0 pronunciations of the letter 'r', This Old House's Naohm Abrams is hanging' up the hammerah.

Bettin' Subby's from the Midwest.
 
2022-05-24 10:26:39 AM  

weirdneighbour: Iamos: My grandfather who had a very nicely appointed workshop really disliked this show because of all the fancy equipment Norm would use. Basically, a lot of episodes seemed to be something like:

"Let's look at the construction of this colonial chair, note the dowel mortise joints."
*points to hand-cut construction*
"Now, let's show you how to do that with our colonial furniture duplicating device and a Philadelphia chair jig."
*presses button on machine, receives formed chair*

Your grandfather must watch this guy
                                                          [image.pbs.org image 384x215]


I used to watch that guy!  (Not for a while... almost didn't recognize him!)
 
2022-05-24 10:54:40 AM  

Dhusk: I remember Norm mostly from Obsessively Watching NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP for a couple of years.

Where every week a man used $500,000 worth of power tools to build $15 wooden stools.  Tool porn at its very best.


I actually like watching This Old House and Ask This Old House because sometimes they'll break out a tool and it'll make me realize that fixing something on my old 1930s house might not be as much of a PITA as I thought, and get me the push that I need to go and finish a project.

If you want to see some real blatant tool commercials on PBS, watch Stephen Reichlan or whatever his name is.  The grilling guy.  He's got this horrible wooden delivery like he's reading off of a teleprompter and then everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.  He even had one where it was some table with a propane burner down the middle so people could grill as they ate.

Norm might've had a laser guided chop saw, but it's not like he had 4 different chop saws because one was for framing lumber, one for cross cuts, one for finish cuts, etc.

/okay, he might've had a sliding chop saw, and one for conpound angles
 
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2022-05-24 11:18:35 AM  

Oneiros: Nana's Vibrator: Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule than to wear these safety glasses.

(proceeds to make a roomful of flawless furniture in 6 hours using $300,000 in power tools)

I remember watching New Yankee Workshop back in the late 90s, and thinking 'it must be nice to have a laser guided chop saw, how the hell much does that cost?'

And then right after, you'd have that guy in a newsies cap who used NO power tools at all, and I'd wonder what sort of crack he was smoking.

/now has a better appreciation for hand tools
//should watch more Japanese carpentry YouTube videos
///and would be consider buying a laser guided chop saw
////but everyone knows it's Tom Silva who does most of the work these days


Check put Dorian Bracht on Youtube if you haven't. He's a German carpenter that practices Japanese joinery to master his handtool work. Very satisfying when he hand cuts a joint and all the gaps disappear.
 
2022-05-24 3:10:37 PM  
everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.

Because BBQ equipment is about 75% bullshiat?  I have a really nice kamado style grill, but it's basically a Weber with better insulation. I can get the same results on either.  All pellet grills are essentially the same as well. The OG made in Oregon Treagers with just the high/low feed worked 95% as well as the new fancy pellet grills.
 
2022-05-24 4:20:16 PM  

drewogatory: everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.

Because BBQ equipment is about 75% bullshiat?  I have a really nice kamado style grill, but it's basically a Weber with better insulation. I can get the same results on either.  All pellet grills are essentially the same as well. The OG made in Oregon Treagers with just the high/low feed worked 95% as well as the new fancy pellet grills.


Weber now makes their own kamado style grille. Double walled steel instead of ceramic. It's OK as a smoker but usually I wish I had gotten another offset when mine crapped out.
 
2022-05-24 4:36:43 PM  

hughesrep: drewogatory: everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.

Because BBQ equipment is about 75% bullshiat?  I have a really nice kamado style grill, but it's basically a Weber with better insulation. I can get the same results on either.  All pellet grills are essentially the same as well. The OG made in Oregon Treagers with just the high/low feed worked 95% as well as the new fancy pellet grills.

Weber now makes their own kamado style grille. Double walled steel instead of ceramic. It's OK as a smoker but usually I wish I had gotten another offset when mine crapped out.


I'm making a couple of Adirondack chairs out of 6' dogear cedar fence boards right now using his plans. I liked the simple projects he did in the early seasons of NYW better than the crazy complicated ones in the later shows - the oak "wine rack/altar" in the final season broke me.

/that's what it looked like anyway...
 
2022-05-24 4:38:22 PM  

hughesrep: drewogatory: everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.

Because BBQ equipment is about 75% bullshiat?  I have a really nice kamado style grill, but it's basically a Weber with better insulation. I can get the same results on either.  All pellet grills are essentially the same as well. The OG made in Oregon Treagers with just the high/low feed worked 95% as well as the new fancy pellet grills.

Weber now makes their own kamado style grille. Double walled steel instead of ceramic. It's OK as a smoker but usually I wish I had gotten another offset when mine crapped out.


I never use my offset anymore. Not that the results aren't worth it, but I never feed a crowd anymore.
 
2022-05-24 4:39:39 PM  

ObeliskToucher: hughesrep: drewogatory: everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.

Because BBQ equipment is about 75% bullshiat?  I have a really nice kamado style grill, but it's basically a Weber with better insulation. I can get the same results on either.  All pellet grills are essentially the same as well. The OG made in Oregon Treagers with just the high/low feed worked 95% as well as the new fancy pellet grills.

Weber now makes their own kamado style grille. Double walled steel instead of ceramic. It's OK as a smoker but usually I wish I had gotten another offset when mine crapped out.

I'm making a couple of Adirondack chairs out of 6' dogear cedar fence boards right now using his plans. I liked the simple projects he did in the early seasons of NYW better than the crazy complicated ones in the later shows - the oak "wine rack/altar" in the final season broke me.

/that's what it looked like anyway...


(And that's what quoting a randomly selected post instead of a proper post about Norm and NYW looks like...)
 
2022-05-24 4:52:43 PM  

ObeliskToucher: ObeliskToucher: hughesrep: drewogatory: everyone dish he cooks uses some different grill or smoker.

Because BBQ equipment is about 75% bullshiat?  I have a really nice kamado style grill, but it's basically a Weber with better insulation. I can get the same results on either.  All pellet grills are essentially the same as well. The OG made in Oregon Treagers with just the high/low feed worked 95% as well as the new fancy pellet grills.

Weber now makes their own kamado style grille. Double walled steel instead of ceramic. It's OK as a smoker but usually I wish I had gotten another offset when mine crapped out.

I'm making a couple of Adirondack chairs out of 6' dogear cedar fence boards right now using his plans. I liked the simple projects he did in the early seasons of NYW better than the crazy complicated ones in the later shows - the oak "wine rack/altar" in the final season broke me.

/that's what it looked like anyway...

(And that's what quoting a randomly selected post instead of a proper post about Norm and NYW looks like...)


Yeah, you can't use cedar in a smoker!
 
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