In this PBS series, craftsman Norm Abram demonstrates how to build quality furniture in one's own workshop using traditional carpentry techniques. Abram also gives pointers on restoring and caring for antique furniture, along with short history lessons regarding famous craftsmen of America's past.
Norm builds a reproduction of a Federal style Giltwood Mirror. Gilding the mirror with gold leaf so the frame appears to be solid gold is a challenging project. The mirror dimensions are 21� wide x 41� in height.
Norm creates a custom made entry door from Mahogany with bulls eye glass inserts. The dimensions are 36" wide x 84" in height.
Norm builds an old pine dry sink out of recycled pine after visiting the Arlington House in Virginia. The sink dimenisons are 48" long x 21" wide x 37" high.
Norm builds a replica of the candlestand that sits next to Martha Washington's bed in the historic Mount Vernon home. He uses Cherry that comes from a fallen tree on the estate. The candlestand dimensions are 19" deep x 28" high.
Norm uses a Dominy clock built circa 1821 as the inspiration for this piece. He uses poplar and paints it to resemble the original. The clock dimensions are 86" high x 13" wide x 7" deep.
Norm builds a Molesworth style sideboard using Douglas Fir. The sideboard dimensions are 47" long x 19" wide x 32" high.
Norm builds his version of the painted cupboard which can be found in the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. The cupboard dimensions are 11" deep x 31" wide x 88" high.
Norm begins this two part tutorial by discussing various table saws and how to use them. He focuses on ripping concentrating on how to work with large panels and narrow stock. He builds and out feed table designed to enhance the woodworker's efficiency and safety. (Part 1 of 2)
In the second part of the table saw tutorial, Norm begins with dadoing techniques, rabbeting, and building a fence. He evaluates miter gauges and uses them to make precision miters. He uses a factory built jig to make accurate tenons. (Part 2 of 2)
Norm builds a unique version of an early American Taunton chest. The chest measures 38" long x 18" wide x 33" tall.
Norm builds a Bowfront chest out of Mahogany that poses challenges. The most difficult part of the process are forming the French feet and the dovetailed Bowfront drawers. The chest dimensions are 40" long x 22" wide x 36" tall.
Norm builds a set of nested tables for his own living room using Mahogany and Walnut in a Chippendale style. The dimensions of the largest table are 18" long x 14 1/2" wide x 21 1/4" tall.
Norm builds a replica of an antique window bench that was orginally built circa the early 19th century. Lee Industries in North Carolina aids him in upholstering his bench. The bench measures 53" long x 15" deep x 30" tall.