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  • 1995-01-07T13:00:00-05:00 on PBS
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Home And Garden

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.

13 episodes

7x01 X-Brace Trestle Table

  • Season Premiere

    1995-01-07T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm Abram visits a museum in Massachussetts to investigate colonial life and furnishings. He returns with a design for a trestle table.

7x02 Pergola

  • 1995-01-14T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A perfect complement to any garden or deck, Norm's pergola will look great draped in wisteria and is constructed of durable pressure-treated pine.

7x03 TV Tray Table

  • 1995-01-21T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

This handsome mahogany piece is a combined tray and table. Inspired by the tray tables of the 1950s and '60s, Norm's design joins form with function.

7x04 Outdoor Garden Table

  • 1995-01-28T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

It's been nearly impossible to find an outdoor side or coffee table. So Norm builds a low, slap-topped model out of teak that fits the bill perfectly.

7x05 Cherry Bathroom Vanity

  • 1995-01-04T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm builds a cherry bathroom vanity, guiding the woodworker through the details of constructing the vanity's raised panel using only a router.

7x06 Lutyen's Bench

  • 1995-02-11T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm finds his inspiration for this piece in the garden furniture designed by renowned English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Constructed entirely of teak, this faithful reproduction is built to last and age gracefully.

7x07 Picture Frames

  • 1995-02-18T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm shows how to build picture and mirror frames using tools and clamps designed specifically for this purpose.

7x08 Sailboat (1)

  • 1995-02-26T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A visit to the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington launches this challenging and exciting project which is modeled after a "class boat" known as the "Clancy." Back at the workshop, Norm builds the lightweight boat from scratch using 3' x 10' lengths of marine veneer mahogany plywood and an epoxy and fiberglass system to make the craft watertight. With the final coat of epoxy sanded and the last strokes of paint and waterproof finish applied, host Norm puts the SS New Yankee 1 and 2 to the test! Norm and This Old House host, Steve Thomas, take the workshop-built Clancy boats for a sail.

7x09 Sailboat (2)

  • 1995-03-04T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A visit to the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington launches this challenging and exciting project which is modeled after a "class boat" known as the "Clancy." Back at the workshop, Norm builds the lightweight boat from scratch using 3' x 10' lengths of marine veneer mahogany plywood and an epoxy and fiberglass system to make the craft watertight. With the final coat of epoxy sanded and the last strokes of paint and waterproof finish applied, host Norm puts the SS New Yankee 1 and 2 to the test! Norm and This Old House host, Steve Thomas, take the workshop-built Clancy boats for a sail.

7x10 Gazebo (1)

  • 1995-03-11T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm begins work on one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted at The New Yankee Workshop. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Norm's intimate octagonal, screened gazebo reflects several popular Victorian styles and features a cedar deck, clever, collar-tied rafters, and a unusual tapered, cedar-shingled roof, the project's most challenging element. Norm offers useful tips on how to build screens as he creates the screen door and panels for his gazebo. The final decorative touches are applied as the Victorian latticework is assembled and mounted and the copper finial takes its place atop this storybook garden pavilion.

7x11 Gazebo (2)

  • 1995-03-18T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm begins work on one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted at The New Yankee Workshop. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Norm's intimate octagonal, screened gazebo reflects several popular Victorian styles and features a cedar deck, clever, collar-tied rafters, and a unusual tapered, cedar-shingled roof, the project's most challenging element. Norm offers useful tips on how to build screens as he creates the screen door and panels for his gazebo. The final decorative touches are applied as the Victorian latticework is assembled and mounted and the copper finial takes its place atop this storybook garden pavilion.

7x12 Quilt Racks

  • 1995-03-25T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Norm returns to the museum to research the colonial custom of using blanket frames or racks. Norm reinterprets these pieces in a variety of styles.

7x13 Chimney Cupboard

  • 1995-04-01T13:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Salvaged wide pine boards, some more than 200 years old, are the material of choice for Norm's free-standing, Shaker-inspired cabinet.

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