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.
After a visiting a state-of-the-art kitchen lab, Norm returns to his shop to begin the process of building high-tech custom kitchen cabinets. He begins the process by demonstrating how to build a typical base cabinet. (Part 1 of 9)
Norm visits a commercial cabinet making shop to learn what tools and techniques are used to craft high-end cabinets there. He demonstrates the process used to make raised panel overlay doors, a dovetail drawer box, and a drawer front for base cabinets. (Part 2 of 9)
The first section Norm builds consists of the cabinets that surround the double oven, range, and range hood. He shows how the existing kitchen will be upgraded and adds a storage organizer. Using a prototype inset door and drawer, he demonstrates how these items will be incorporated into the kitchen. Norm completes the episode by finishing a dovetailed drawer box with a plain front that will be used throughout the kitchen. (Part 3 of 9)
Norm demonstrates how to construct the wet wall cabinets by attaching a face frame to the cabinet using glue and biscuits. He crafts doors with solid MDF panels, glass panels, and offers tips for installing drawer runners. He uses a special jig to fit the wet wall shelves. (Part 4 of 9)
Norm uses techniques demonstrated in the previous episodes to build the carcass and face frame of the pantry. He uses box joints to build storage boxes on the inside of the pantry door. (Part 5 of 9)
Norm builds a desk with a file storage area, a wall hanging cabinet with shelves, a concealed area for lighting, a computer and phone area, a series of pigeon holes, and a cork board. He uses a pair of wing walls to separate the office from the main area of the kitchen. (Part 6 of 9)
Norm builds an island using reclaimed heart pine and old pine for the turned legs. It has a butcher block top, a drawer-mounted microwave, an area for tray storage, and a pull-out drawer for trash or recyclables. (Part 7 of 9)
Norm uses natural cherry to construct the wet bar, which is separated from the kitchen. It has a small copper sink and natural cherry paneled walls. The counter top is made of cheery and the bar has a wine cooler, mirrored surfaces, glass shelves, and concealed lighting. Norm adds twin glass-paneled doors as a finishing touch. (Part 8 of 9)
Norm adds two undercoats of spray finish and a coat of brush-on finish to the cabinets. He begins the process of installing the cabinets by surveying the space, analyzing the conditions, creating a level reference line, and setting the cabinets to floor and wall. Once he's completed that, he installs the cabinets to complete the kitchen upgrade. (Part 9 of 9)
With the help of a friend, Norm builds an Adirondack chair, table, and footrest to accompany the chair he built in season 2 and the love seat he built in season 14.
Norm builds a love seat with traditional Teak and all-weather fabric.
Antiques expert Gary Sullivan assists Norm with research needed to build and upholster a reproduction of a lolling chair.