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The New Yankee Workshop

Highboy (Part 1 of 2) (#1709)

The reproduction of a bonnet-topped Queen Anne-legged tiger maple highboy is a challenging project. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP features host Norm Abram creating a collection of timeless American furniture. As America's favorite master carpenter, Norm inspires, educates and entertains woodworkers of all levels. Each season includes projects for the workshop, home and garden, displaying a combination of classic craftsmanship and time-tested aging techniques.

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  • Adirondack Chair (#202)

    Norm travels to the Museum of the Adirondacks near Blue Mountain Lake, New York, to inspect a collection of rustic furniture, including a variety of Adirondack chairs. Extracting the best features from each of these chairs, Norm designs his own version. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #209

    THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP is a weekly furniture building how to hosted by master carpenter Norm Abram, who uses step by step instructions to build pieces of furniture from the beginning. In this episode he travels to a private home to get his plans for a mission sofa which he builds out of red oak. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #210

    THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP is a weekly furniture building how to hosted by Norm Abram, who uses step by step instructions to build pieces of furniture from the beginning. He visits the Dwight House at Deerfield MA to get plans for a chippendale looking glass. Back in the shop, he builds the mirror out of maghony. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #211

    THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP is a weekly furniture building how to hosted by Norm Abram, who uses step by step instructions to build pieces of furniture from the beginning. He visits Deerfield MA to copy down plans on a chest on chest set of drawers. Back in the shop he constructs one out of cherry. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #212

    THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP is a weekly furniture building how to hosted by Norm Abram, who uses step by step instructions to build pieces of furniture from the beginning. He visits London, England to get measurements for a garden bench. Back in the shop he builds one out of teak not milled from a rain forest. [28 minutes]

  • Bedside Cupboard (#801)

    Inspired by his recent trip to the Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards for older homes. At the Chappellet Vineyards in St. Helena, Abram discovers a bedside cupboard. Back at his workshop, Abram talks about the selection of wood for the making of the cupboard. When using recycled wood, he recommends running a hand-held metal detector along the wood to discover any hidden nails. Because recycled wood is expensive, Abram suggests using newer wood or particle board for the inside of the cupboard. The cupboard is treated with layers of stained beeswax. The sturdy cupboard features a hinge flat-paneled door with a porcelain knob and inside shelves. [26 minutes]

  • Coffee Table (#802)

    Inspired by his recent trip to the Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards from older homes. Abram tours the Grace Family Vineyard building in St. Helena, California, showing the arch openings, barrel-vaulted ceilings, and carved entry door of solid mahagony. At the vineyard, Abram sees an "antique" coffee table. Since coffee tables are a modern design concept, this coffee table is made antique through the use of old boards. Abram prepares the wood for turning to create the legs of the table. During the turning, Abram recommends keep the cardboard profile of the leg in sight as a visual aid as to how the wood should be shaped. After surface planing the boards for the table top, Abram reviews for the boards' growth rings' direction and surface defects. The table is assembled with mortise and tenon along with biscuits and glue. [26 minutes]

  • Paymaster's Desk (#803)

    Inspired by his recent trip to the Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards from older homes. Abram tours the inside of the home of the owners of the Schramsberg Vineyards in Calistoga, CA. He marvels at the varieties of antiques in the home. He selects a paymaster's desk to make in his workshop. Originally, the paymaster's desk had to be light to be carried by horse. Nowadays it is perfect as an end table. Using dovetails and hidden brads, Abram is able to make a very sturdy and handsome piece of furniture. [26 minutes]

  • Long Table (#804)

    Inspired by his recent trip to the Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards from older homes. Abram finds an antique, pine, ten foot long table during his visit to the Mayacamas Vineyard in Mt. Veeder, CA. Abram returns to his workshop to make his own long table using old pine planks. The rails of the table are connected by mortise and tenon. The table top planks are joined by biscuits. A peg is placed into the rail and table leg for strength and decoration. If the table top has a defect that might cause splinters, the defect needs to be routed out and a patch needs to be made. Abram demonstrates how to make a patch. [26 minutes]

  • Double Dresser (#805)

    Inspired by his recent trip to Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards from older homes. Abram finds an antique double dresser at his friend's home. A very narrow piece, it is perfect as a dresser for the bedroom or as a side board for the dining room. Abram creates the double dresser from antique pine. The dresser's hard board panels protects the lower drawers from dust and provides extra strength for each drawer. [26 minutes]

  • Chestnut Desk (#806)

    Inspired by his recent trip to Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards or beams from older homes. Abram finds a reproduction of an antique writing desk. Rather than using the soft wood of pine, Abram selects chestnut for the desk. When creating the top, Abram joins the boards using alternate growth rings to avoid cupping. Abram demonstrates how to turn the wood to create the legs. To fix large problems in the wood, Abram cuts out the defects and creates patches or dutchman wooden patches to replace the defects. [26 minutes]

  • Irish Hutch (#807)

    Inspired by his recent trip to Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards from older buildings. During his visit to Mayacamas Vineyard at Mt. Veeder, Abram finds an antique pine Irish hutch. Abram demonstrates how to make stop dados for the hutch shelves and dovetail joints for the hutch drawers. [26 minutes]

  • Wine Storage Unit (#808)

    Host Norm Abram returns to the O'Farrell House in Arlington, MA. Abram had worked on the home in 1982 as part of "This Old House." Norm sees a need for a wine storage unit and designs a movable one for the wine cellar. The unit stores and displays the wine and provides a table top to work on. Abram has a bit of difficulty bending the wood for the curved base. He must cut and soak it so the wood will not crack as it bends. [26 minutes]

  • Three Turned Table Lamps (#809)

    Host Norm Abram opens the program with a visit to the Yankee Craftsman in Wayland, MA. Abram tours the shop and shows the various reproductions of period lamps. The Yankee Craftsman using recovered antique fixtures to get an authentic look to their lamps. Abram demonstrates how to make three different styles of turned lamps. Abram demonstrates how to use a lathe and gouges to form the lamps. Without a piece of wood large enough for a lamp, Abram glues three blocks of woods together. Placing the growth grains towards the center helps to prevent checking (cracking of the wood during turning.) Abram shows how to wire and stain the lamps. [26 minutes]

  • Garden Shed & Recycling Center (#810)

    Host Norm Abram starts a two part series on the construction of a gardening shed/recycling center. Because it can be in contact with the ground, Abram uses pressure treated lumber on top of crushed stone for the base. Through the use of a special builder's calculator, Abram figures out the length of the rafters. He braces the sides of the structure so he can put the roof up. Abram installs a capped ridge vent in the ceiling. [26 minutes]

  • Garden Shed & Recycling Center (Part II) (#811)

    Host Norm Abram finishes the two part series on the construction of a gardening shed/recycling center. Whenever Abram puts up unprimed trim, he paints it as soon as possible to prevent possible damage from the elements of rain or cold. Abram shingles the roof and installs the clapboard siding. Abram demonstrates how to work around the molding with the clapboards. Abram builds two types of doors: one with stiles and rails and the other a "Z" brace door. [26 minutes]

  • Nest of Drawers (#812)

    Inspired by his recent trip to Napa Valley in California, host Norm Abram builds replicas of antique furniture using recycled boards from older buildings. Abram demonstrates how to build a nest of drawers. This piece of furniture consists of ten drawers of varying sizea in a case. It can be set on a table or hung on a wall and used as a table. Using glue with mortise and tenon, the drawers needs no metal fasteners. Abram is given a recipe of the finish. The drawers are coated with an oil finish and then an oil polyurethane is applied. [26 minutes]

  • Router Station (#813)

    Host Norm Abram constructs a router station. Abram visits the American Woodworker at Emmaus, PA to see the evolution of the router table. This station provides slots to hold the router bits, drawers, a mitre gauge, and dust collection. [26 minutes]

  • Planter's Desk (#901)

    In the series' season premiere, America's favorite woodworker travels to the heart of Georgia's low-country to find the inspiration for a new collection of furniture projects to build in his East Coast workshop. Along the Savannah River, Norm discovers a quintessential piece of the Old South -- a planter's desk. Traditionally used by tobacco and cotton farmers for bookkeeping, this attractive lidded desk features enough shelf and computer space to serve as a modern-day home office. [26 minutes]

  • Turkey Table (#902)

    In the heart of Georgia's low country, Norm finds an interesting antique turkey table. Though its name remains a mystery, there's no question that the table's unique three-leaf clover design make it an attractive and practical accent table. Norm brings a little bit of Georgia back to the workshop when he re-creates this piece out of antique Southern heart pine. [26 minutes]

  • Nantucket Settle (#903)

    On a sojourn to the quaint New England island of Nantucket, Norm discovers a wonderful lidded settle that can double as an extra place for storage and a hallway showpiece. Norm crafts his rendition of this piece out of beautiful cherrywood and demonstrates a variety of intermediate woodworking techniques, including paneling and spindle-turning. [26 minutes]

  • Tiger Maple Washstand (#904)

    Master carpenter Norm Abram re-creates a beautiful example of Georgian Federal-style furniture -- an antique tiger maple wash stand. He demonstrates how to craft your own version, using such both tiger and common maple wood, using a variety of woodworking tools and techniques. [26 minutes]

  • Dough Box (#905)

    In the 1800s, the premise of this piece was to provide a warm hiding place for bread dough to rise. When Norm recreates this simple design out of antique pine and adds a hinge to the lid, he turns it into a great-looking, modern-day occasional table. [26 minutes]

  • Garden Gateway (#906)

    Master Carpenter Norm Abram, inspired by a friend who designs custom gates and fences, re-creates an arched gateway, complete with a decorated trellis framing the top. He uses durable pressure treated lumber to construct this curved decorated entry. [26 minutes]

  • Wooden Trays (#907)

    While on the island of Nantucket, Master Carpenter Norm Abram found two very different examples of antique trays, which he recreates in his workshop. One is what appears to be a roughly-hewn and simply designed pine tray with dovetail joints which requires very few woodworking tools. The other is a more refined piece Abram makes out of cherry wood with brass accents which uses just about every tool in the workshop. [26 minutes]

  • Carousel Table (#908)

    Master carpenter Norm Abram re-creates a version of an antique Lazy Susan table from the low country in Georgia. This stout round table contains a carousel, which rotates on a spindle. Norm constructs his table out of old pine boards salvaged from a renovation project. [26 minutes]

  • Seven Drawer Chest (#909)

    Master carpenter Norm Abram re-creates an English mahogany chest he found in antique shop in Savannah, Georgia. The piece, also known as a seven-drawer chest, has brass handles and comes in two parts; the top of the chest can easily be removed from its base. Abram finishes the project by giving it several coats of a characteristic mahogany stain along with an orange shellac and polyurethane coating for protection. [26 minutes]

  • Bentwood Hat Rack (#910)

    Master Carpenter Norm Abram goes beyond his backyard workshop to a woodworking studio in Hampton, New Hampshire, where he observes how carpenter Mike Dunbar bends planks of red oak to make distinctive pieces of furniture. Dunbar has invented his own version of a wood steamer, which Abram re-creates at his workshop to make pieces for a bentwood hatrack. [26 minutes]

  • Greenhouse (Pt. 1) (#911)

    Using a friend's greenhouse for inspiration, master carpenter Norm Abram builds his own less expensive version, using pine and redwood timbers instead of aluminum, and a polycarbonate material instead of glass. In this first of a two part episode, he demonstrates how to construct the foundation and the walls. [26 minutes]

  • Greenhouse (Pt. 2) (#912)

    This episode of NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP is the second program of a two part episode in which master carpenter Norm Abram builds a greenhouse. He creates the doors and windows using the same pine and redwood timbers and polycarbonate panels used to make the foundation and walls. The roof is constructed with hinges that open and close vents according to the outside temperature. He completes the job by making the benches to hold the plants. [26 minutes]

  • Fireplace Mantel (#913)

    Master Carpenter Norm Abram creates a birch wood mantle, complete with decorative moulding, to go around the fireplace in his own home. [26 minutes]

  • Irish Table (#1001)

    This episode of The New Yankee Workshop provides viewers with a little cultural history. Norm Abram visits Celtic Pine, an antique shop in Nantucket, Massachusetts to build a beautiful, yet useful, pine table. While taking the audience through the construction process, Abram explains important safety rules for using power tools and several solutions for fixing cupped wood. [26 minutes]

  • Linen Press (#1002)

    In this episode of The New Yankee Workshop, Norm Abram, inspired by an antique armoir travels to Savannah, Georgia to build a linen press. Abram also reviews several shop safety rules for utilizing power tools. [26 minutes]

  • Walnut Table (#1003)

    Inspired by a beautiful antique dining table, Norm Abram takes audiences of The New Yankee Workshop to the home of a furniture refinisher to craft a black walnut drop-weave table. [26 minutes]

  • Library Ladder (#1004)

    This week's episode of The New Yankee Workshop takes viewers to Lexington, Massachusettes to join Norm as he makes an antique hard pine ladder. [26 minutes]

  • Old Pine Bar (#1005)

    Inspired by a friend's antique chest, The New Yankee Workshop's Norm Abram leads viewers through the construction and refinishing phases of building a wooden bar made of recycled Irish pine. [26 minutes]

  • Morris Chair (#1006)

    This week's The New Yankee Workshop takes audiences on a journey to the artist's district of Tucson, Arizona to view different antique pieces built during the arts and crafts movement in England. Norm Abram demonstrates to viewers how to build their own Morris chairs out of white oak. [26 minutes]

  • Cupola (#1007)

    In this week's episode of The New Yankee Workshop, Norm Abrams takes viewers to the site of This Old House to view the Victorian's cupola, an architectural element that sits at the peak of its roof. Abrams explains the origins for such an instrument and its parts, while demonstrating how viewers can customize their own cuppolas. [26 minutes]

  • Mesquite Bookcase (#1008)

    This week on the New Yankee Workshop viewers travel to Tucson, Arizona to visit an antique furniture shop. Inspired by a beautiful piece he finds there, Norm builds a bookcase out of mesquite wood. [26 minutes]

  • Chop Saw (#1009)

    In this week's episode of the New Yankee Workshop, Norm shows viewers how to build and customize their own portable chop saw stations. [26 minutes]

  • Whirlygigs (#1010)

    The New Yankee Workshop takes viewers to a toy shop as Norm Abrams gets ideas for a whirligig. After seeing the various windpowered and machine powered whirligigs, Norm decides to custom make one that looks at exactly like him. [26 minutes]

  • Chaise Lounge (#1011)

    The New Yankee Workshop travels to the Great Salt Lake of Utah with Norm Abrams as he searches for redwood timber. Viewers are introduced to the various equipment used for removing timber, as they observe the processes for cutting logs into square timber and removing metal from the wood. Norm returns to his shop to demonstrate the method for building a comfortable redwood chaise lounge. [26 minutes]

  • Roll Top Desk (Pt. 1) (#1012)

    The first of a two-part project, this week's episode of the New Yankee Workshop takes viewers to Old Schuamb Mill in Arlington Heights, Massachusettes to view an antique roll-top desk. Back at the shop, Norm shows viewers the beginning steps for constructing their own roll-top desk out of white oak wood. [26 minutes]

  • Roll Top Desk (Pt. 2) (#1013)

    This week's episode of The New Yankee Workshop completes the two-part construction project of a roll top desk. Norm shows viewers how to build and attach the tamboard, cubbies, and the drawers. [26 minutes]

  • Kitchen Island (#1101)

    This season of `The New Yankee Workshop' opens with Norm Abrams's construction and design of a sturdy kitchen island. [26 minutes]

  • Kitchen Pantry (#1102)

    This week on "The New Yankee Workshop," Norm demonstrates how to use copper and chestnut to make a large old-fashioned pantry. [26 minutes]

  • Kitchen Secretary (#1103)

    This week on "The New Yankee Workshop," Norm demonstrates how to make a kitchen secretary made out of mahogany. [26 minutes]

  • Old Pine Hutch (#1104)

    In each season of The New Yankee Workshop, Norm crafts at least one woodworking project whose beautiful design and detailing ensures that it will become a cherished heirloom. This season, it is unquestionably the hutch he crafts out of 200-year-old pine. Featuring two glass doors, a drawer for storing linens, and a lower cabinet with raised-panel doors, the beauty of the old wood is accented by Norm's use of high-end, vintage-looking brass hardware and molding. [26 minutes]

  • Teak Bar (#1105)

    Woodworkers who entertain are going to love making Norm's attractive, custom-designed teak bar. Featuring great-looking, nautical-inspired brass hardware and stunning louver doors, the bar promises to hold everything a party giver needs. The interior of the wall-mounted upper cabinet features a traditional mirror back, two glass shelves, and accent lighting to showcase a prized glass or crystal collection. The bottom cabinet unit features a durable teak countertop with a hammered-brass service sink and spout for easy cleaning. Underneath, a divided cabinet features a roll-out tray for storing spirits and snacks on one side and enough space to accommodate an ice maker on the other. Though Norm admits its louver and sliding doors make it a more complex woodworking project, its decorative appeal and utilitarian value justify the challenge. [26 minutes]

  • Laundry Center (#1106)

    This is another Norm original, inspired this time by his need to sort his bright plaids, pastel plaids, and even a few white shirts for the laundry. Entirely constructed of durable, easy-to-clean white melamine, Norm designed this laundry center to work as both a sorting station and as a place to fold clothes and hold laundry supplies. This is a large scale project that employs a number of basic, " cabinet-making" skills. [26 minutes]

  • Bake Center (#1107)

    Viewers who share his interest in the culinary arts were top of mind when Norm designed several woodworking projects exclusively for the family chef. For the pastry chef, he consulted with good friend Chef Marian Morash of The Victory Garden to learn what topped her wish list before crafting an attractive two-unit bake center out of red oak. With her preferences in mind, he builds a "pastry station" with a cool granite counter top, perfect for working with dough, and a wooden pull-out extension that provides extra counter space for measuring units and ingredients. A divided cabinet for storing cookie sheets and baking pans is tucked underneath. Its companion unit features a timeless, stainless zinc countertop for mixing appliances and two generous storage drawers for storing baking supplies. [26 minutes]

  • Table Saw Station (#1108)

    This week on "The New Yankee Workshop," Norm shows viewers how they can build their own customized table saw station. [26 minutes]

  • Classic Kitchen Cabinets (#1109)

    This week on "The New Yankee Workshop," Norm demonstrates how viewers can build a strong, attractive, yet inexpensive classic kitchen cabinet. [26 minutes]

  • Sink Base (#1110)

    This week on "New Yankee Workshop," Norm travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to observe tree preservation. Back at the workshop, Norm demonstrates how viewers can make a solid cherry wood basin. [26 minutes]

  • Press Cupboard (#1111)

    This week on "The New Yankee Workshop," Norm demonstrates how to make a press cupboard made out of antique pine and used to store linens, serving dishes, and silverware. [26 minutes]

  • Chef's Table (#1112)

    This week on "The New Yankee Workshop," Norm builds an all-purpose chef's table out of maplewood. [26 minutes]

  • Grill Cart (#1113)

    For the outdoor chef, Norm offers a solution to the shortcomings of modern barbecue grills -- extra counter space -- with a rolling grill cart. Made of weather-friendly redwood and cedar, it is topped with a durable, decorative tile surface complete with a center cutting board. [26 minutes]

  • Garage Workshop (Part I) (#1201)

    If only I had a workshop like Norm's, I could build anything..." Norm puts an end to this viewer lament when he shows how to turn an average garage bay into a great home workshop. Using common building materials and hardware, he builds all the elements needed to make a workshop functional -- cabinetry, storage units and a portable chop station. The genius of Norm's original design, however, is that each element can be put away to make room for the family car when not in use or easily transported to any space a woodworker decides to set up shop [26 minutes]

  • Garage Workshop (Part II) (#1202)

    "If only I had a workshop like Norm's, I could build anything..." Norm puts an end to this common viewer lament when he shows how to turn an average garage bay into a great home workshop. Using common building materials and hardware, he builds all the elements needed to make a workshop functional-cabinetry, storage units, and a portable chop station. The genius of Norm's original design, however is that each element can be put away to make room for the family car when not in use or easily transported to any space a woodworker decides to set up shop. At the conclusion of this ambitious two-part project, Norm gives his list of must-have bench top power tools to ensure that every home craftsman will be able to utilize the workshop to its fullest. [26 minutes]

  • Planter Boxes and Seats (#1203)

    Master carpenter Norm Abram crafts modular outdoor planters and seats that are so versatile, they can be used to transform any deck or patio. Crafted out of river-recovered antique cypress wood, the planters and benches can be joined together and configured in a variety of ways to create a different effects and outdoor living spaces. [26 minutes]

  • Croquet Set and Bench (#1204)

    Master carpenter Norm Abram takes a break from woodworking, dons his gentleman whites and travels to Newport, Rhode Island, for a lesson on the finer points of croquet. After losing a match to a local expert on the grounds of the famed Chateau Sur Mer mansion, Norm is convinced the game is in the mallet. Back at The New Yankee Workshop, he crafts his own from several hardwoods including African babinga and hickory. In the process, he demonstrates a variety of turning techniques and builds a Victorian storage bench that can serve double duty as seating for fans of the game. The final outcome: a charming, heirloom-quality game set which promises to provide years of backyard fun. [26 minutes]

  • Hanging Porch Swing (#1205)

    Norm discovers a wonderful, antique hanging porch swing at an old seaside bed and breakfast in Newport, Rhode Island, and is inspired to design his own back in The New Yankee Workshop. Using traditional mortise and tenon joinery, he constructs the swing out of hardwearing teak and adds sturdy marine hardware to guarantee that it will withstand all weather conditions. Any viewer who yearns for a slower pace of life and to savor the moment will appreciate the years of enjoyment this traditional woodworking project promises to bring. [26 minutes]

  • Computer Desk (#1206)

    Bowing to numerous requests from his fans, Norm designs and builds a handsome computer desk of antique heart pine. The design itself accommodates all of the key components that a common home office system_monitor, printer, computer, and keyboard_and makes for ease of use. Inside drawers and doors camouflage all of the electronic goodies any cyber fan needs. The components all reside on sturdy pullout drawers and feature open backs that allow easy access for reconfiguring extensions and peripherals. Viewers who have been searching for a great computer desk, without the workplace feel, will appreciate the scale of its proportions and its wonderful heart pine character. [26 minutes]

  • Patio Trolley (#1207)

    Master carpenter Norm Abram builds the perfect accessory for outdoor entertaining a patio trolley. This sophisticated-looking outdoor woodworking project is made out of mahogany and features push handle and removable tray which makes serving that much easier. [26 minutes]

  • Desk-Top Writing Case (#1208)

    After looking through the offerings of a country store, Norm finds the inspiration to build a small lock-and-key style writing desk which was popular 200 hundred years ago. Any viewer who has ever struggled with box joints or dovetails won't want to miss this program. These fine woodworking details are what give this simple piece its elegant character. Norm crafts two versions of this piece-one out of antique chestnut and one out of cherry-to ensure that viewers at home will be able to master these woodworking techniques. [26 minutes]

  • Outdoor Patio Table (#1209)

    Norm adds to his growing collection of outdoor furniture projects when he builds this round, teak patio table that is big enough to for six to enjoy a summer lunch. Measuring 51-inches across, the table seems like a big project but it can easily be built in any home workshop. [26 minutes]

  • English Server (#1210)

    Norm wanders into a country European antique shop and walks out with a treasure, a low English server, also commonly known as a sideboard. Simple in its design, the long antique pine boards are what give this piece its stunning character. Norm crafts his version of this piece out of some surprising distressed antique boards and proves that its natural beauty could earn it a place in any room of the house. The result will leave viewers hard-pressed to tell which is the antique and which is the production. [26 minutes]

  • Sharpening Station (#1211)

    "You can't do the work, unless the tools are sharp..." is the mantra of woodworkers everywhere. Norm celebrates this sentiment with a with a sharpening station that features enough space for a grind wheel and water baths, and plenty of drawers to store blades and other tools. In the process of building this workshop accessory, Norm enlists an expert to offer a range of advice and techniques on how to properly sharpen common woodworking tools. [26 minutes]

  • Jewelry Case (#1212)

    Norm shops for a perfect gift for a loved one, discovers an exquisite jewelry case, and decides to replicate it back in The New Yankee Workshop. He improves upon its original design and makes it even more useful when he adds flip-up mirror and secret compartment to store treasures. But viewers will just have to tune in to see this secret revealed... [26 minutes]

  • Breakfront Cabinet (#1213)

    Home woodworkers, who look to THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP for ideas in creating attractive storage spaces, will love Norm's breakfront cabinet. Featuring an upper glass case to display a china collection and a lower cupboard case to store linens, this project offers a great opportunity to learn how to create paneled doors with wood and glass. [26 minutes]

  • Jigs (Part I) (#1301)

    Proclaiming jigs "as important for the workshop as any power tool," Norm devotes two episodes to building a variety of these useful devices, which will allow home woodworkers everywhere to build their projects with greater efficiency and accuracy. In part one, he shows how to create a panel cutting jig for cutting wide panels on the table saw, a tapering jig useful for tapering table legs, a circle cutting jig for the band saw, and a feather board for safely holding stock in place at the saw or at the router. [26 minutes]

  • Jigs (Part II) (#1302)

    The second of two episodes devoted to making workshop jigs, Norm creates a series that will come in handy for any project, but especially for building cabinetry and bookcases. This collection includes a jig which accurately guides a plunge router for making adjustable shelf pin holes, an ingenuous jig for mortising louvered doors and shutters, a circle cutting jig for a router, a hinge mortising jig, and a simple device for making box joints. [26 minutes]

  • Hall Seat (#1303)

    A visit to the historic Grove Park Inn in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains provides the inspiration for this show's project when Norm spies a handsome Arts and Crafts-style hall seat among its stunning collection of antique furniture. Back in The New Yankee Workshop, he crafts his rendition out of quartersawn white oak. Nicely sized to fit in even the narrowest hallway, its tall back features a mirror and period brass hat hooks, while its hinged seat offers ample storage for boots and other accessories. [26 minutes]

  • Cd Storage Case (#1304)

    Norm's CD storage case promises to fool the casual observer with its handsome looks, and capacity to store and display over 200 titles. Resembling an old-fashioned library card catalogue, it features six drawers with antique brass drawer pulls and labels to identify the contents. Crafted out of recycled "heart" pine, the drawers come with full extension slides, making it possible to find the right CD easily. This well-proportioned, modular piece can fit easily on a desktop or bookcase and can be added to_to house a growing collection of CD titles. [26 minutes]

  • Garden Armchair (#1305)

    Norm adds to his growing collection of outdoor furniture a handsome garden armchair that has generously-sized arms for resting a glass of ice tea while lounging with a book or enjoying garden views. Built of sturdy and beautiful recycled cypress, this comfortable chair promises to withstand all weather conditions for decades. [26 minutes]

  • Workshop Hutch (#1306)

    When Norm felt it time to remodel The New Yankee Workshop, he seized the opportunity to build an ingenuous workshop hutch that promises to be a must-have for every home woodworker. It features a backbench with a system of adjustable shelves that offers endless options for organizing the tools and materials every woodworker needs to have at his fingertips. The hutch also has a renewable bench top complete with electrical outlets, and roomy pullout drawers to store and keep a serious collection of power tools dust-free. [26 minutes]

  • Outdoor Cupboard (#1307)

    Norm designs a clever outdoor cupboard that's versatile enough to be prized by everyone from the backyard barbecue chef and gardener to the handyman and would-be flower arranger. This attractive storage piece has everything under one roof and then some, including a divided interior with adjustable shelves on one side, a chamber for storing tall garden tools on the other, and plenty of hooks for outdoor gear. Its exterior is sheathed with weather resistant cedar paneling and features a garden trellis and hinged work shelf that can be pulled out and used as a potting bench as needed. [26 minutes]

  • Dressing Table (Part I) (#1308)

    Norm visits the fabulous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Built in 1880 by George Washington Vanderbilt, the 250-room French Renaissance-inspired chateau boasts a stunning collection of fine furniture including original Sheraton and Chippendale. Among the collection, Norm discovers a sophisticated mahogany dressing table with a foldaway mirror and graceful turned legs that he decides to replicate in The New Yankee Workshop. [26 minutes]

  • Dressing Table (Part II) (#1309)

    In the second of two episodes devoted to the making of an heirloom-quality dressing table found among the famed Biltmore Estate's collection, viewers find Norm in a national forest in North Carolina. There he learns how the U.S. Forest Service regulates the flow of timber to end users. Afterwards he goes behind-the-scenes at a plywood mill in nearby Asheville to see how high-quality plywood is made. [26 minutes]

  • Mailbox (#1310)

    Like most of us, Norm has a mailbox he purchased from a local home center that now shows all the wear and tear of harsh New England winters. Determined to do something about its sorry state, he designs and builds a beautiful replacement complete with ornamental finial, chamfered post, and even a newspaper slot. It promises to signal to passersby, "a craftsman lives here." [26 minutes]

  • Bath Cupboard (#1311)

    Like the term "coffee table" there is no such thing as a "bath cupboard" in furniture history, nevertheless Norm finds one at a favorite antique store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There he discovers how a clever craftsman took a charming antique cabinet door and built a cupboard around it using beautifully aged timbers and period hardware. Back in The New Yankee Workshop, Norm takes the concept one step further when he lines the cabinet with painted plywood shelves, adds a full length dressing mirror to the interior of the door, and crowns it with some custom molding. [26 minutes]

  • Monastery Table (#1312)

    Norm puts down his fork long enough to appreciate the craftsmanship of the handcrafted monastery table upon which he dines in one of Tuscany, Italy's, finest inns. Rescued from an ancient monastery, the table features all of the characteristics that one would expect to find in a piece of furniture that has endured years of hard use by the brothers. To replicate its charm, Norm spends some time hunting for the right timber and discovers a cache of Southern yellow pine still dripping with resin. Back at The New Yankee Workshop he fashions his version of this piece using a lathe and tablesaw. [26 minutes]

  • Barrister Bookcase (#1313)

    Among Norm's personal collection of furniture, is an old oak barrister's bookcase that safely showcases his collection of handcrafted glasses, pottery, and books. Comprised of three separate units that nest on top of each other, each features a glass-front door with hinged sliders that allows it to "disappear" out of site. Believing it to be a versatile piece that everyone would want for their own collections, Norm shows viewers how to build one back in The New Yankee Workshop. While he keeps true to most of the details of the original, he does refine its overall design by combining the three modular units into one singular unit. [26 minutes]

  • Miter Bench and Storage (Pt. 1) (#1401)

    A well-equipped workshop will need a bench for a miter saw. In this two part project, Norm builds a useful model with extensions on both sides of the saw, an adjustable stop block, an auxiliary guide for use with an adjacent radial saw table, and much more. The bench base is fully equipped with pull-out drawers sized to house Norm's most-used power tools and accessories. One of those, the "dedicated" mortiser, has its own pull-out drawer with a bench-top fixture that secures the tool and provides extension to support longer stock. This will be a popular project to anyone who wants to build useful organized storage in the workshop. [26 minutes]

  • Miter Bench and Storage (Pt. 2) (#1402)

    A well-equipped workshop will need a bench for a miter saw. In this two part project, Norm builds a useful model with extensions on both sides of the saw, an adjustable stop block, an auxiliary guide for use with an adjacent radial saw table, and much more. The bench base is fully equipped with pull-out drawers sized to house Norm's most-used power tools and accessories. One of those, the "dedicated" mortiser, has its own pull-out drawer with a bench-top fixture that secures the tool and provides extension to support longer stock. This will be a popular project to anyone who wants to build useful organized storage in the workshop. [26 minutes]

  • Steamer Trunk (#1403)

    Long after the last steamship sailed its last voyage, Norm sets out to build a New Yankee Workshop version of the rounded-top steamer trunk. Once used to store clothes for ship passengers, these trunks are still very popular among antique collectors. Today they are much admired by those who use them at the foot of beds for blanket and linen storage. Norm built his from antique chestnut and hammered iron strips that mimic the original trunk hardware that he found in a shop in Florida. [26 minutes]

  • Adirondack Loveseat (#1404)

    One of the all-time most popular projects ever built in The New Yankee Workshop was the Adirondack chair Norm built years ago. Now, with this Adirondack loveseat, Norm has the chance to revisit his original design and make improvements not possible when the original was built. For example, a new generation of weather proof adhesives are now available to secure the various parts to one another. Elsewhere Norm makes refinements in joining the various elements with all weather screws and conceals them with plugs. What results from these improvements, the Adirondack loveseat, is an extremely comfortable double seated version of our all-time favorite project. [26 minutes]

  • Canopy Bed (#1405)

    The main business of Leonard's Antiques, a group of highly respected antique stores located in the Northeast, is the making and selling of reproduction beds. Using both old original elements salvaged from the past and newly created parts necessary to meet modern bed dimensions, the craftsmen at Leonard's know all about beds. Norm pays Leonard's a visit and meets the owner, Jeff Jenkins, for a behind-the-scenes look at how the beds are made. Then he returns to the workshop and creates a beautiful tiger- eye maple version sized to fit a queen. The four turned posts and a handsome headboard lend distinction to a good night's sleep. [26 minutes]

  • Shaving Stand (#1406)

    While visiting Palm Beach, Florida, Norm discovers an attractive maple shaving stand in the Flagler Museum. Norm recreates this unique piece of Americana using cherry to form the mirror surround, the drawer, and to form the gracefully cut legs. At first glance, you might wonder why Norm (with his full beard) would ever need a piece of furniture like this, but he will be ready in case fashions change. [26 minutes]

  • Work Table and Clamp Cart (#1407)

    Surely one of the most useful projects Norm's ever built for the shop is this work table. It's a light weight, yet sturdy, assembly table that is easily raised up on casters to move around the shop as necessary. The mechanism for the caster assembly was borrowed from a nearby scenic shop where mobility is essential. Also with the table, Norm creates a storage wagon for his collection of woodworker's clamps. When he needs several clamps, he can easily wheel over his collection to make his choice. [26 minutes]

  • Pedestal Table (#1408)

    Norm visits an antique shop and spots a small round pedestal table that the dealer tells him may have originated in Indonesia. Maybe that's why it was built from teak, a popular wood in that region. Norm likes the choice of the wood, for it means that the table can be used either inside or out. The tricky part of making a pedestal table is connecting the legs to the pedestal. After the pedestal is turned, and while it is still in the lathe, Norm uses a clever technique with a jig and a router to accurately cut the mortises. [26 minutes]

  • Four Drawer Chest (#1409)

    If you've been looking for a small elegant chest of drawers then this Chippendale-inspired beauty is for you. Locating one is not easy, so Norm was delighted to ?nd an original in an antique store. Norm's version is built of high quality mahogany veneer plywood and ?tted with period reproduction hardware. This four drawer classic is perfect for a small space or next to a bed. [26 minutes]

  • Wooden Bowls (#1410)

    Friday Harbor, Washington, about as far north and west as you can get in the continental United States, is home to Walt Koertje, an artisan whose specialty is making glorious wooden bowls. Norm pays a visit to Walt, sees his industrial strength lathe, and is determined to return to The New Yankee Workshop and try one himself. Back home, Norm has to ?nd a piece of wood suitable for his own bowl. He pays a visit to Matt Foti, a local arboriculturist, who supplies him with the walnut, maple and ash woods to turn three beautiful bowls. [26 minutes]

  • Cherry Nightstand (#1411)

    An antique cherry nightstand, circa 1840, found in a friend's house on Nantucket Island, is inspiration for Norm to build his version in The New Yankee Workshop. This square- topped, single drawer nightstand has 4 handsomely turned legs. Norm uses cherry for the body of the piece, and fashions the drawer front from tiger maple as a distinctive contrast. The simple elegance of this nightstand assures its place as a family heirloom. [26 minutes]

  • Deck Chair (#1412)

    It used to be when you cruised the ocean on a liner you would be offered a comfortable place to read and relax on a sun deck. A deckhand would show you to your wooden lounge chair, often made of teak, fitted with brass and combined with a footrest. Today you can enjoy the same comfort with Norm's version, made of plantation grown teak and specialized brass hardware designed to withstand the elements. [26 minutes]

  • Stepback Cupboard (#1413)

    When Norm finds this early cupboard in a Nantucket antique shop, he can't be sure of what he has found. There are questions about the paint, the overall height (it seems low), and the decoration may have been added at a later time. Nevertheless, it's a simple rustic classic, just perfect for The New Yankee Workshop collection. Norm makes his from recycled pine and predicts this piece will be popular with woodworkers. [26 minutes]

  • Deluxe Router Station (#1501)

    Norm's original router station is the most popular shop project he's ever done. So why change it? Well, in the ten years since he built the first one, he's been thinking up ways to improve it. Now comes the deluxe edition of Norm's router station with an improved storage system, a more stable and easier-to-use fence, an improved top, and updated electrical hookups. These small changes add up to a more useful and versatile upgrade on the original. [26 minutes]

  • Sheep Shearing Coffee Table (#1502)

    How about a coffee table that once served as a portable platform to shear the wool from sheep? We're not sure how well it worked at that task, but Norm reinvents it as a handsome platform for books, plants, puzzles, canapes, and all the other things that clutter today's coffee tables. This is definitely a conversation piece. Made of recycled pine, this unusual table is easy to make and comes with a good story. [26 minutes]

  • Queen Anne Table (#1503)

    It would be hard to imagine a more graceful dining table than Norm's new Queen Anne pedestal table. The beautiful round solid cherry top sits on a sturdy turned pedestal and is supported by three elegant legs. This is a perfect size for an animated dinner table conversation. Woodworkers will enjoy the challenge of building this heirloom of tomorrow. [26 minutes]

  • Cigar Chair, Part 1 (#1504)

    Norm happened to mention to a reporter that he had never made an upholstered piece of furniture. This led to an invitation to partner with Lee Industries of Newton, North Carolina, one of America's most highly regarded furniture makers. In the first of a special two-part program, Norm visits the Lee Industries factory to understand how upholstered chairs and sofas are made. He gets a tour with Norman Coley whose family has been making furniture in North Carolina for 40 years. Coley suggests Norm try making a "cigar" chair, which can be made without sewing and stitching. Back at the shop Norm starts by building the hard maple frame, the skeleton underneath this handsome chair. [26 minutes]

  • Cigar Chair, Part 2 (#1505)

    In part two, Norm cuts the leather using patterns and tackles the padding and other steps before showing his new-found skill at applying the rich looking leather to the frame. It's all about stretching, tacking, stretching, and re-tacking until the desired look is achieved. You'll be impressed with this project and may want to build your own. [26 minutes]

  • Beveled Glass Cupboard (#1506)

    This jewel of a display cupboard will provide attractive storage for any bathroom. The top of the cabinet, with its beveled glass panels and adjustable shelves, is a perfect place to display attractive objects in a protected space. The display top sits on a closed cabinet for more useful storage accessed by means of a flat paneled door. Painted a glistening white and conveniently sized for limited space, this project is a winner. [26 minutes]

  • Media Press, Part 1 (#1507)

    Organizing today's electronics is a challenge with ever-larger televisions, DVD's, amplifiers, speakers, CD collections and all sorts of other paraphernalia. Finding useable storage for everything can be difficult. Norm is inspired by a beautiful antique cupboard his friend Jeff Jenkins of Leonard's Antiques shows him. In this special two-part program he builds a large media cupboard made of maple and outfits it with swing-away doors, adjustable shelves, and four roomy drawers below that should answer just about every need for a home media center. The project includes finishing steps using aniline dyes and polyurethane to protect and enhance the beauty of the piece. [26 minutes]

  • Media Press, Part 2 (#1508)

    Organizing today's electronics is a challenge with ever-larger televisions, DVD's, amplifiers, speakers, CD collections and all sorts of other paraphernalia. Finding useable storage for everything can be difficult. Norm is inspired by a beautiful antique cupboard his friend Jeff Jenkins of Leonard's Antiques shows him. In this special two-part program he builds a large media cupboard made of maple and outfits it with swing-away doors, adjustable shelves, and four roomy drawers below that should answer just about every need for a home media center. The project includes finishing steps using aniline dyes and polyurethane to protect and enhance the beauty of the piece. [26 minutes]

  • Flagpole (#1509)

    Years ago on This Old House we featured the installation of a wooden flagpole on our Napa, California project. Now Norm has taken up the challenge on making one in The NewYankee Workshop. Made of strong Douglas fir, glued with epoxy, painted with marine paint and mounted on a welded steel ground anchor designed by master welder Bob Diorio, this flagpole is easy to maintain because the whole pole can be lowered to the ground whenever necessary. Be the first in your neighborhood to make your own flagpole. [26 minutes]

  • Regency Headboard (#1510)

    In lieu of a great bedstead, sometimes all you need is a headboard. On this program Norm builds a beauty out of mahogany that will lend substance and elegance to a simple metal frame with a mattress and box spring. Again with help from Leonard's Antiques and Jeff Jenkins, Norm finds some interesting variations on this popular alternative to a full bed frame. Norm builds this headboard, sized for a king-sized bed, from top grade mahogany veneer plywood and uses solid mahogany to form the posts and moldings. [26 minutes]

  • Painted Corner Hutch (#1511)

    This narrow corner cupboard will be extremely useful in today's home where space is sometimes limited. The top section of the cupboard has several shelves behind a glass-fronted door, perfect for decorative china or glassware. The sturdy lower section houses additional storage behind closed doors. Made of poplar and fashioned with interesting detail, this cupboard can be painted to match any decor. [26 minutes]

  • French Side Table (#1512)

    Norm finds a handsome dark wood French side table in a private collection on Nantucket. Made of dark hardwood, probably walnut, this single drawer original is straightforward to make; even the curved legs are easily managed in a well-equipped shop. Best of all, its elegant style and good proportions will fit nicely in any room of your home and suit many purposes. [26 minutes]

  • Wall Mounted Tool Chest (#1513)

    You can find Norm using hand tools in The New Yankee Workshop, but we are not proud of the way they are stored. That's about to change when Norm builds a woodworker's hanging tool chest. But it won't be like the one he finds in a private collection in Wisconsin. There he discovers one of the most magnificent examples of a wall mounted tool chest ever made, so impressive in fact, that it has been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. Returning to the shop, Norm builds his version of a hanging storage chest for the hand tools he regularly uses. [26 minutes]

  • The Butterfly Table (#1601)

    Norm revisits Old Sturbridge Village and discovers an old table built by a colonial furniture maker more than 200 years ago. The "Butterfly" table gets its name from the graceful drop leaves and the wing-like supports that hold the tabletop straight. This versatile table can also be used with the leaves dropped or even with just one lowered to allow placement next to a wall. The table is built of cherry, stained with a dark stain, and protected by a polyurethane finish. [26 minutes]

  • The Folding Screen (#1602)

    The folding room screen is an attractive alternative to divide a room or to seal off an unwanted view of a computer, a TV set, or perhaps a heating radiator. This handsome three-fold hinged screen is built of traditional raised panels. Norm uses mahogany, which is stained to enhance the beautiful wood grain and then sealed with hard-wearing polyurethane. [26 minutes]

  • The Flower Stand (#1603)

    The flower stand is a woodworker's interpretation of the flower vendor's classic three-tiered display shelf. Norm built his version with hard-wearing medium density overlay plywood, a material favored by highway sign makers, and edged with decay resistant cypress. A two coat paint job results in a handsome "black/green" garden finish, perfect for displaying a varied collection of plants and flowers. [26 minutes]

  • The Shaker Bookcase (#1604)

    This bookcase will surprise many fans because it is unlike most Shaker designs. Elder Green built the original unusual cupboard in 1898 to contain a particular selection of documents in the Shaker Community library in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Green built his bookcase of butternut and walnut and included a complicated cornice, built of several moldings. Norm revised the original, making it somewhat shorter and narrower and built his of cherry. [26 minutes]

  • The Tall Case Oak Clock (#1605)

    From hobbyists building a clock out of a kit to professionals building one from scratch, clock building seems to be a popular woodworking pastime. Over the years, thousands of clocks have been made and a surprising number have survived. Nowhere is there a more interesting collection of old clocks than that of the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Norm pays a visit to their collection for ideas for his version of a grandfather's clock. Inspired, he combines an Arts & Crafts-style case and some delightful sounding chimes into what is sure to become a family heirloom. [26 minutes]

  • The Dower Chest (#1606)

    Pennsylvania Dutch is an endearing style created by early furniture makers. Many pieces of this delightful furniture, painted with colorful primitive design, can be found at the Winterthur estate, in Delware, Henry DuPont's fabulous treasure house of American antiques. With curator Greg Landry, Norm tours the collection and finds an interesting dower chest dating back to 1840. Norm builds his own of tulip poplar and calls on a decorative painter to recreate typical Pennsylvania Dutch artwork. [26 minutes]

  • The Windsor Chair, Part I (#1607)

    The Lancaster County "Fan Back" Windsor chair is perhaps the most challenging woodworking project of the 16th season. Norm pays a visit to chair makers Bill and Sally Wallick in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania for some invaluable help in building his "Fan Back". Bill teaches Norm how to start with carving a seat, then turning the legs, then fitting the steam bent maple "crest" rail, and adding the delicate, but strong spindles. Then Sally Wollick takes over to show how she is able to add instant age to their new chairs, giving them a realistic patina of antiquity that will fool even an expert. [26 minutes]

  • The Windsor Chair, Part II (#1608)

    The Lancaster County "Fan Back" Windsor chair is perhaps the most challenging woodworking project of the 16th season. Norm pays a visit to chair makers Bill and Sally Wallick in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania for some invaluable help in building his "Fan Back". Bill teaches Norm how to start with carving a seat, then turning the legs, then fitting the steam bent maple "crest" rail, and adding the delicate, but strong spindles. Then Sally Wollick takes over to show how she is able to add instant age to their new chairs, giving them a realistic patina of antiquity that will fool even an expert. [26 minutes]

  • The Lowboy (#1609)

    Lowboy's are similar to the lower case of a classic highboy. Sometimes called a dressing table, they often come with two small drawers, one slightly larger with carved decoration and one long thin drawer under the top. Norm finds an early version of this classic at the Concord Museum in Concord, MA. Norm decides to embellish his with "Ball & Claw? type legs he gets from a company in Vermont who specialize in period decorative legs for furniture makers. With factory made legs and a plan for a Chippendale Lowboy in mind, Norm builds his version of the antique classic from solid cherry and carves a distinctive shell for the middle drawer. [26 minutes]

  • The Pier Table (#1610)

    A pier table is a small table that is meant to be located between two windows. Norm finds a beautiful example of one at GKS Bush Antiques on Nantucket, Massachusetts. Made of poplar and beautifully painted with classic designs and a faux marble top, the original is stunning. Norm builds a copy and has it painted to match the original. [26 minutes]

  • The Dining Table (#1611)

    Norm visits an antique dealer who commissions reproduction English antique furniture for his shop on Nantucket, Massachusetts. At the shop Norm finds an extension table, which should be perfect for "dinner for 10 or more" and yet collapses down to 6 feet for non-feastdays. Norm makes his own out of mahogany with an elegant two-leaved top that sits on a pair of Queen Anne period pedestals giving diners ample legroom under the table. [26 minutes]

  • The Mission Style Desk (#1612)

    Prowling through an arts and crafts shop of highly collectable Stickley and other Mission style period furniture, Norm discovers a wonderful oak desk he hopes to use for a small computer. It is an original 1910 Oak Knee Hole Desk made by L&JG Stickley. Made of oak and finished in the appropriate color and glaze, Norm will be using this sturdy desk for his own home. [26 minutes]

  • The Gardner's Dry Sink (#1613)

    Here is a place to organize your horticultural life. Meant to go outdoors or in, this hard working bench provides a place to work on plants, repot them, and to store the numerous items plant lovers use. It's built of cypress for resistance to decay and is finished with a dry sink lined with copper. [26 minutes]

  • Hall Mirror (#1701)

    Features an arts and crafts style, oak hall mirror with assembly point for keys, hats and mail. [26 minutes]

  • The Bermuda Bench/Table (#1702)

    Norm constructs a very useful all-weather convertible bench/table made of rot-resistant cypress. [26 minutes]

  • The Ottoman (#1703)

    Norm builds an oversized ottoman and visits the world famous Chapel Hill, NC furniture market. [26 minutes]

  • Bermuda Chest (#1704)

    Norm finds a historic well-proportioned solid mahogany chest to reproduce faithfully at the shop. [26 minutes]

  • Federal-Style Game Table (#1705)

    Norm discovers a circular top table in historic Deerfield, MA, that inspires his next piece. [26 minutes]

  • Lathe 101 (#1706)

    Learn the skills required to master this tool and basic techniques necessary for spindle turning. [26 minutes]

  • Side Chair (#1707)

    Norm discovers an American side chair of the early 1800's and upholsters a faithful reproduction. [26 minutes]

  • Tilt Top Table (#1708)

    Norm finds the useful original at the historic Harrison Gray house on Boston's Beacon Hill. [26 minutes]

  • Highboy (Part 2 of 2) (#1710)

    Norm continues reproducing this challenging bonnet-topped Queen Anne-legged tiger maple highboy. [26 minutes]

  • Kitchen Island (#1711)

    Built out of poplar and birch plywood for a painted finish and lined with factory-applied finishes. [26 minutes]

  • Carved Wooden Signs (#1712)

    Find how a router, a sand blaster, a hand chisel and a computerized machine can be used to carve. [26 minutes]

  • The Library System (#1713)

    Norm designs a modular system bookcase that can be adjusted to go around existing windows or doors. [26 minutes]

  • The Colonial Mantel (#1801)

    Build a mantelpiece that frames a master bedroom's fireplace with several router table moldings. [26 minutes]

  • Plantation Shutters (#1802)

    Create stunning shutters by building a collection of jigs and shaping the individual basswood slats. [26 minutes]

  • Workshop Helpers (#1803)

    Norm uses a sturdy, adjustable roller stand, a lightweight stock cart and a versatile work stand. [26 minutes]

  • The Poker Table (#1804)

    Create an eight-sided table of mahogany and veneer plywood, placed on a sturdy pedestal. [26 minutes]

  • The Shop Clock (#1805)

    Norm creates a short cased clock with a key wind spring movement that is housed in a walnut case. [26 minutes]

  • Router 101 (Part 1 of 2) (#1806)

    Norm makes perfect mortises for hinges & builds a jig to form precise dadoes in shelf standards. [26 minutes]

  • Router 101 (Part 2 of 2) (#1807)

    A demonstration of inlays using a router & a step-by-step procedure for raised-panel cabinet doors. [26 minutes]

  • The Corner Table (#1808)

    Norm makes a drop-leaved corner table from unusual white oak that has been submerged for 150 years. [26 minutes]

  • Greek Revival Bookcases (#1809)

    Glass doors enclose the lower bookcase element and swing on concealed European hinges. [26 minutes]

  • The Storage Shed (#1810)

    This 96-square-foot building is the perfect size for backyards & features low maintenance materials. [26 minutes]

  • Wall Hung Console (#1811)

    This mahogany console is perfect for displaying vases, lamps & other objects in a narrow space. [26 minutes]

  • Corner Chair (#1812)

    Norm builds his chair of cherry after seeing a number of variations on this classic form. [26 minutes]

  • Wall Paneling (#1813)

    Norm creates rail & stile panels with hardwood veneer plywood & uses medium density fiberboard. [26 minutes]

  • Giltwood Mirror (#1901)

    Norm uses patience and skill to gild a mirror with gold leaf and make the frame appear solid gold. [26 minutes]

  • Entrance Door (#1902)

    This masterpiece includes antique looking bull's eye glass inserts and a brass knob and lock set. [26 minutes]

  • Old Pine Dry Sink (#1903)

    After seeing this sink in the Arlington House in Virginia, Norm builds his own from recycled pine. [26 minutes]

  • Martha's Candlestand (#1904)

    This stand has a "birdcage" element that allows the tabletop to rotate and flip up for storage. [26 minutes]

  • Dominy Clock (#1905)

    Norm builds his tall case clock out of poplar and paints it to resemble the original from 1821. [26 minutes]

  • Cowboy Sideboard (#1906)

    The ultimate New England craftsman brings a little bit of Western sensibility into his workshop. [26 minutes]

  • Painted Cupboard (#1907)

    Norm builds the unusual arched top door and the "pinched" cornice that towers above the case. [26 minutes]

  • Table Saw 101 - Part 1 (#1908)

    Norm demonstrates his technique for cutting large panels & shows a safe way to handle narrow stock. [26 minutes]

  • Table Saw 101 - Part 2 (#1909)

    Norm demonstrates dadoing, sets up stacked dado cutters, makes rabbets and builds a fence. [26 minutes]

  • Taunton Chest (#1910)

    Norm builds a version of a decorated desk from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston out of poplar. [26 minutes]

  • Bowfront Chest (#1911)

    Norm builds this stunning bowfront four-drawer chest of mahogany from Old Sturbridge Village. [26 minutes]

  • Nest of Tables (#1912)

    Norm builds these small tables from walnut to reproduce the fine inlay detail of the original. [26 minutes]

  • Window Bench (#1913)

    Norm builds and upholsters his bench with the help of fine furniture manufacturers, Lee Industries. [26 minutes]

  • Kitchen Cabinet Basics, Part One (#2001)

    Norm visits a state-of-the-art "kitchen lab" and demonstrates how a base cabinet is constructed. . [26 minutes]

  • Kitchen Cabinet Basics, Part Two (#2002)

    Norm builds a dovetailed drawer box and a drawer front for the base cabinet he constructed earlier. [26 minutes]

  • The Hot Wall (#2003)

    Norms builds the cabinetry surrounding a built-in double oven, range and range hood. [26 minutes]

  • The Wet Wall (#2004)

    Norm shows the carcass construction and then makes doors with both solid and glass panels. [26 minutes]

  • The Pantry (#2005)

    Norm builds storage boxes with handsome box joints that hang on the inside of the pantry door. [26 minutes]

  • The Kitchen Office (#2006)

    Norm isolates the office using a pair of clever wing walls that visually separate the space. [26 minutes]

  • The Island (#2007)

    This highly functional centerpiece, with two turned legs done in old pine, is no mere cabinet. [26 minutes]

  • The Bar (#2008)

    The wet bar features a small metal sink, natural cherry paneled walls and a cherry countertop. [26 minutes]

  • Finish and Install (#2009)

    After applying a brushed on finish coat, Norm puts the cabinets together with precision & accuracy. [26 minutes]

  • Adirondack Trio (#2010)

    Norm and one of his friends build an Adirondack chair, a table and a footrest to complete the set. [26 minutes]

  • All-Weather Loveseat (#2011)

    Protected by tough all-weather fabrics, these cushions provide much more comfort than wood alone. [26 minutes]

  • Lolling Chair (#2012)

    An antiques expert helps Norm research to create this chair with an upholstered seat and back. [26 minutes]

  • "Tap" Table (#2013)

    Norm's reproduction has splayed legs that connect with a Queen Anne style apron and painted patina. [26 minutes]

  • Planter's Desk (#2101)

    Norm builds this piece out of recycled pine and gives it a "pickled" look with a new pastel stain. [26 minutes]

  • Turkey Table (#2102)

    This practical accent table made of Southern heart pine has a graceful three-leaf-clover design. [26 minutes]

  • Nantucket Settle (#2103)

    Norm crafts a wonderful lidded settle out of beautiful cherry wood and demonstrates spindle-turning. [26 minutes]

  • Tiger Maple Washstand (#2104)

    Norm produces this piece featuring elegant scroll work, turned legs and a generous shelf drawer. [26 minutes]

  • Dough Box (#2105)

    Norm crafts his version of this simple design out of antique pine and adds a hinge to the lid. [26 minutes]

  • Garden Gate (#2106)

    This ambitious project features a spindled gateway and is complemented by a pergola and a trellis. [26 minutes]

  • Serving Trays (#2107)

    Norm introduces the craft of metalsmithing when he fashions the cherry tray's hardware out of brass. [26 minutes]

  • Carousel Table (#2108)

    Building this piece from salvaged pine, Norm creates the spindle centerpiece with minimal hardware. [26 minutes]

  • Seven Drawer Chest (#2109)

    The mahogany chest-on-chest features period brass hardware pulls, edge banding and dovetail drawers. [26 minutes]

  • Hat Rack (#2110)

    Norm introduces the 17th-century craft of wood steaming when he creates a hat rack out of oak. [26 minutes]

  • Greenhouse, Part 1 of 2 (#2111)

    This design is fabricated out of redwood and polycarbonate panels and can withstand tough weather. [26 minutes]

  • Greenhouse, Part 2 of 2 (#2112)

    This design is fabricated out of redwood and polycarbonate panels and can withstand tough weather. [26 minutes]

  • Fireplace Mantle (#2113)

    Norm designs a classic Colonial fireplace mantle using readily available woods and moldings. [26 minutes]

  • Irish Table (#2114)

    The perfect occasional table is made using recycled pine and mortise-and-tenon joinery techniques. [26 minutes]

  • Linen Press (#2115)

    Norm recreates this piece that features streamlined, raised-panel double doors with detail beading. [26 minutes]

  • Walnut Table (#2116)

    Norm recreates a stunning nineteenth-century, drop-leaf dining table with graceful turned legs. [26 minutes]

  • Library Ladder (#2117)

    Norm builds this handsome woodworking project out of recycled and long leaf Southern yellow pine. [26 minutes]

  • Old Pine Bar (#2118)

    Norm builds his version of an antique Irish bar from recycled pine and gives it a high gloss finish. [26 minutes]

  • Morris Chair (#2119)

    This vintage design is created from quarter sawn white oak. The chair's reclining back is showcased. [26 minutes]

  • Workshop Cupola (#2120)

    Norm replicates an antique cupola from the This Old House's job site in Milton, Massachusetts. [26 minutes]

  • Mesquite Bookcase (#2121)

    Norm work with mesquite, a native Sonoran desert hardwood, to craft this beautiful project. [26 minutes]

  • Chop Saw Station (#2122)

    This portable station can be used in a workshop or can be carted out to a job site or the backyard. [26 minutes]

  • Workshop Whirligig (#2123)

    Norm builds his own mechanized version of The New Yankee Workshop's logo, featuring himself. [26 minutes]

  • Chaise Lounge (#2124)

    Norm builds an outdoor chaise lounge design from trestlewood and learns more about his material. [26 minutes]

  • Roll Top Desk, Part 1 of 2 (#2125)

    Norm visits the Old Schwamb Mill in Massachusetts and creates a quarter sawn oak roll top desk. [26 minutes]

  • Roll Top Desk, Part 2 of 2 (#2126)

    After visiting the Old Schwamb Mill in Massachusetts, Norm builds a quarter sawn oak roll top desk. [26 minutes]

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