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The New Yankee Workshop

All Episodes 1989 - 2009

  • Ended
  • PBS
  • 1988-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 5 days, 23 hours, 0 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.

286 episodes

1x01 Medicine Cabinet

  • Series Premiere

    1989-01-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm leads a tour of The New Yankee Workshop to preview the furniture he will build in the first season. He demonstrates how to build a medicine cabinet that is based on one seen in the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. Norm uses red oak and oak plywood with box-joint joinery to construct his version. The cabinet dimensions are 26" high x 22" wide x 7" deep.

1x02 Workbench

  • 1989-01-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

A good workshop starts with a well-equipped workbench. Norm uses one from his shop as a model for the affordable bench he builds during this episode. Norm builds a workshop workbench which features an oak edged hardwood top, a vice, a recessed tool storage space on the top, and a shelf below. The bench dimensions are 34" high x 64" wide x 25" deep.

1x03 Drop Leaf Table

  • 1989-01-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses ash, a durable hardwood, to fashion a drop-leaf table featuring turned legs, a top and leaves made from glued up stock. Norm shows how to turn the table legs on a duplicating lathe and reveals a few tricks for making mortise and tenons joints. Using a router and two special bits, he shows how the drop-leaf joint is made.

1x04 Blanket Chest

  • 1989-01-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to built a blanket chest using pine lined with aromatic cedar. The chest dimensions are 22" high x 44" wide x 19" deep.

1x05 Bedside Table

  • 1989-02-04T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm constructs a bedside table inspired by one found at the Hancock Shaker Village in western Massachusetts. Norm's design, made from pine, features a shallow drawer, table legs tapered on the inner sides and a table top with a breadboard design (glued boards edged with wood on two ends).

1x06 Oak Bathroom Vanity

  • 1989-02-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a bathroom vanity with dovetailed joints. He uses oak and a laminate top with double doors and a flat panel outside and raised panel inside mimicking the Shaker style. The vanity dimensions are 34" high x 38" wide x 23" deep. Inspired by a dry sink he found at a 1790 Shaker house in Harvard, Norm's oak unit features dovetailed joints and a high-pressure laminate top.

1x07 Trestle Table

  • 1989-02-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

After a look at a pine trestle table in a Shaker house on the island of Nantucket off the Massachusetts coast, Norm constructs his own easily-disassembled trestle table of cherry, a hardwood which, if kiln-dried, resists twisting or shrinking over time. Norm shows how to glue up the boards that comprise the expansive table top and demonstrates how to make the two trestles and the stretcher which connects them.

1x08 Bookcase

  • 1989-02-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a free standing bookcase with a cornice detail, adjustable shelves, and a removable base. He uses pine for the base and birch plywood for the rest. The bookcase dimensions are 80" high x 36" wide x 12 1/2" deep.

1x09 Chest of Drawers

  • 1989-03-04T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a chest of drawers using Ponderosa pine. He cuts and planes the wood, glues the boards fro the top and sides. He also illustrates how to build the drawers including the drawer case, the frames, and the base. The chest measures 42" high x 41 1/2" wide x 19" deep. Norm makes his own design from Ponderosa pine, showing how to cut and plane the wood, glue the boards and build the drawers, frame and base.

1x10 Candle Stand

  • 1989-03-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm travels to the Hancock Shaker Village in western Massachusetts to gather ideas for his own design for a candle stand. Returning to his workshop, Norm shows home woodworkers how to build an exact replica using power tools, including a lathe, router and band saw.

1x11 Hutch

  • 1989-03-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a hutch using knotty pine. The hutch consists of a base cabinet that has raised panel doors and an open shelf section. It measures 81 1/2" high x 56" wide x 18" deep. In the kitchen of the Fitch house at Old Stourbridge, Norm shows us an early American `hutch' then builds his own pine version back at the workshop.

1x12 Writing Desk

  • 1989-03-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a writing desk with a slanted top that is constructed mostly of maple. The desk features a shallow drawer, a nest of small drawers, and a open bins in the top. The dimensions are 42" high x 36" wide x 20" deep. Made mostly of maple, this desk is one of the more complicated projects ever tackled by Norm.

1x13 Corner Cupboard

  • 1989-04-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm constructs a corner cupboard of pine and plywood. His design employees a top section that is enclosed by glass paned doors and a base cabinet with raised panel doors. The cupboard dimensions are 86 1/2" high x 42" wide x 30" deep. Norm makes his own corner cupboard from pine and plywood, incorporating a top section with glass doors and a base cabinet with raised panel doors.

2x01 Rocking Horse

  • Season Premiere

    1990-01-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

After a look at a collection of wooden toys at Old Sturbridge Village, a "living history" museum in central Massachusetts, Norm builds a child's rocking horse from ash- a durable hardwood.

2x02 Adirondack Chair

  • 1990-01-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm designs his own version of the rustic Adirondack chair out of cypress, an excellent wood that needs no preservatives or treatment.

2x03 Butler's Table

  • 1990-01-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm visits Kingscote, an elegant Gothic Revival house in Newport, Rhode Island, for a look at a mahogany butler's table with four leaves that fold down on solid brass hinges. For his version of this stylish antique, Norm demonstrates the technique of biscuit joinery to glue together the boards for the tray, crafts mortise-and-tenon joints to connect the rails of the base, uses a molding head cutter on his table saw to add a decorative bead to the rails, and shows how to mount the tray's special hinges.

2x04 Kitchen Dresser

  • 1990-01-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

After a look at an early 18th-century kitchen cupboard at Old Sturbridge Village, a "living history" museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Norm constructs his own version from pine featuring open shelves above a base cabinet whose door sports an antique-style hinge. He shows a pattern to draw the curved outline of the side pieces, then uses a hand-held saber saw to make the cut, saving the cut-out portions to make shelves. Using a molding head cutter on his table saw, Norm demonstrates how to add a decorative bead to the shelves.

2x05 Hearthside Settle

  • 1990-01-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm travels to the Massachusetts harbor of Gloucester to look at a high-backed, curved hearthside settle at Beauport, the home of tarry 20th-century interior decorator and antiquarian Henry Sleeper. The house is now a museum run by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Norm's version of this pine piece closes in the area beneath the seat to create a storage space and adds an access hatch in the seat. Norm shows how to cut the settle's curved cross-members and shaped side pieces, how to join the back boards with tongue-and-groove joints, and how to bend the back base board along the bottom of the frame.

2x06 Pencil-Post Bed

  • 1990-02-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm visits the Shelbourne Museum in Burlington, Vermont to examine an antique pencil-post bed with a rope support system and a hay-filled mattress. Norm then adapts this design to accommodate a standard full-size mattress and box spring, and builds his pencil-post bed of poplar featuring mortise and tenon joints in the construction. The bedposts are tapered on the two inner sides, then beveled on all four corners to produce eight-sided, asymmetrically tapered posts.

2x07 Chair Table

  • 1990-02-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm drops in on the Fitch House in Old Sturbridge Village, central Massachusetts' "living history" museum, to look at a chair table, with a tabletop that pivots back to form a back rest and a seat with a drawer underneath. Norm's version of this unusual but comfortable and serviceable piece features hardwood (maple) where needed - on the tabletop, arms and feet - and poplar for the sides, seat and drawer front. Norm cuts the shaped side pieces and curved arms and feet on the band saw, shows how to create a sliding dovetail joint to attach the seat and drawer support to the sides, and demonstrates a trick for cutting the large circular tabletop by mounting a specially made jig on the band saw.

2x08 Kitchen Worktable

  • 1990-02-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm constructs a kitchen table that functions equally well as a dining table or a worktable. Built of pine, the table features tapered legs and storage drawers, with a center rail joining the pairs of legs. Norm employs a specially made tapering jig to fashion the legs and uses mortise-and-tenon joints to put the table together.

2x09 Mission Style Sofa

  • 1990-03-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In a departure from the traditional New England-style furniture usually featured on The New Yankee Workshop, Norm draws inspiration from the furniture craftsmen of the southwestern United States to constructs mission-style sofa whose signature simple lines and oak frame allow for cushions. Despite its distinctive regional flavor, Norm's design for this project features the same woodworking techniques - including mortise-and-tenon joinery - he employs in creating his other pieces.

2x10 Chippendale Mirror

  • 1990-03-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In a change of pace, Norm shows how to build picture and mirror frames, emphasizing tools and clamps designed specifically for this purpose. Norm uses a mitre box and a table saw outfitted with a jig to cut frames and demonstrates a variety of techniques to fasten corners.

2x11 Chest on Chest

  • 1990-03-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

With this eight-drawer, cherry chest-on-chest Norm simplifies a complicated project that may, at first glance, seem daunting to the home woodworker. Norm demonstrates techniques of biscuit joinery on the side panels and dovetail joinery on the drawers and cross-rails, then shows how to craft sculpted, contoured feet for the base using a band saw, table saw, template and router.

2x12 English Garden Bench

  • 1990-03-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm leaves his trademark plaid shirt and jeans at home and dons a stylish suit and derby when he visits London for a look at an authentic English garden bench. Norm constructs his version from teak. The bench is assembled entirely with mortise and tenon joinery and pegs to ensure its strength and durability. Norm shows how to shape the bench's many curved pieces on the band saw, demonstrates how to create tenons with a tenoning jig mounted on the table saw, and reveals a trick for cutting angled mortises on the drill press.

2x13 Armoire (Entertainment Center)

  • 1990-03-31T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm winds up The New Yankee Workshop's second season with an armoire based on classic designs but adapted to contemporary use: it can double as a home entertainment center. Norm's version is constructed largely of veneer plywood and features raised panel doors. In building the project, Norm demonstrates many of the joinery techniques he's employed throughout the season, including dado, dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints - and shows how to use a shaper to create moldings for the piece.

3x01 Shaker Step Stools

  • Season Premiere

    1991-01-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a three-step version of the classic Shaker step stool and a more elaborate two-step version of it. He uses hand held power tools and hand tools to build the three-step stool form Pine. He uses a sophisticated dovetail jig to craft the joinery for the two-step stool, which is made of Cherry. The two-step stool is 25 1/4" high x 16" wide x 11 5/8" deep. The three-step stool is 25 1/4" high x 17 3/4" wide x 13 1/2" deep.

3x02 Picnic Table and Saw Horses

  • 1991-01-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a basic sawhorse crafted Spruce and Plywood and a one-piece picnic table. The sawhorse dimensions are 26" high x 20 1/2" wide x 36" long and the picnic table dimensions are 29 3/4" high x 68" wide x 71" long.

3x03 Shaker Two Drawer Blanket Chest

  • 1991-01-19T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a Shaker style blanket chest using pine. He uses an acrylic latex paint to finish the outside and clear urethane on the inside. He adds two storage drawers to the chest base. The chest measures 36 1/4" high x 41 1/2" wide x 19" deep.

3x04 Shaker Washstand

  • 1991-01-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses Pine to build a classic Shaker washstand with dovetail joinery in the flared top section, a drawer, and raised panel doors in the lower section. The washstand measures 37 1/2" high x 27" wide x 19 1/2" deep.

3x05 Shaker Wall Clock

  • 1991-02-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Based on a clock built by Shaker craftsman, Isaac Young, Norm crafts a wall clock from Walnut and adds a modern-day quartz timepiece to it. The clock dimensions are 33 3/16" high x 11 1/8" wide x 4 5/16" deep.

3x06 Sandbox

  • 1991-02-09T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a sandbox modeled after one built for his sister and him by their father. He uses Cedar and pressure-treated lumber to construct it and adds an awning made from weather-resistant cloth. The sandbox measures 55" high x 49 1/2" wide x 49 1/2" deep.

3x07 Harvest Table

  • 1991-02-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a harvest table from Cherry. It has turned legs and a hand-rubbed Danish oil finish. The drop leaves allow chairs to be pushed under the table when they are in the down position. The table dimensions are 30" high x 39" wide x 71 3/4" long.

3x08 Shaker Woodbox

  • 1991-02-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a wood box with storage space for kindling in an upper section and firewood in the lower section. The fireplace tools are stored on pegs mounted to the sides. He uses milk paint to seal the Pine box. The box dimensions are 33 1/4" high x 22 3/4" wide x 17 1/2" deep.

3x09 Library Table

  • 1991-03-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm crafts a Cherry library table. He demonstrates how to match the grain on the front of the two overlaid drawers. The table measures 30" high x 16" wide x 48" long.

3x10 Garden Swing

  • 1991-03-09T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a two-seat swing using Redwood and a swinging mechanism that uses common off-the-shelf hardware. The swing dimensions are 92 1/2" high x 83 1/2" wide x 85" deep.

3x11 Cricket Table

  • 1991-03-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's hardwood cricket table is crafted with complex angled mortise and tenon joinery. He uses a set of jigs to ensure that the pieces fit together properly. The table is 27" high with a 29" diameter top.

3x12 Pie Safe with Punched Tin Front

  • 1991-03-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's two-door pie safe has multiple shelves and is put together using mortise and tenon joints. He uses a punched-tin front that he fabricates in the workshop. The pie safe measures 60" high x 38 3/4" wide x 17 3/8" deep.

3x13 Standing Mirror

  • 1991-03-30T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses a band saw to aid his in constructing a Mahogany frame for a full-length standing mirror. He uses a router to give the piece a softer edge. The frame measures 68 1/4" high x 27 1/4" wide x 20" deep.

4x01 Rolling Shop Cabinet

  • Season Premiere

    1992-01-04T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a rolling shop cabinet using several construction techniques and materials he hasn't used previously. He chooses veneer plywood with a high-pressure laminate top and lockable swivel casters. It measures 34 1/2" high x 32" wide x 26 1/2" deep

4x02 Outdoor Lidded Bench

  • 1992-01-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm fashions an outdoor lidded bench from Cypress. The bench measurements are 55 1/4" high x 36" wide x 18 1/4" deep.

4x03 Child's Wagon

  • 1992-01-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a child's wagon with threaded rod axles with aluminum braces. He uses non toxic fire-engine red enamel paint for the finish and steel wheels with rubber tires. The wagon measures 19" high x 16" wide x 42" long.

4x04 Coffee Table

  • 1992-01-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses recycled pallet wood to build a unique and rustic coffee table. He demonstrates how to prepare the slats by planing them. The table dimensions are 16 1/4" high x 19" wide x 40" long.

4x05 Gardener's Workbench

  • 1992-02-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's gardener's workbench is constructed of Redwood. It has open shelves for pot storage and the potting surface is an overlay top that is moisture resistant. It also features storage for stakes, markers, and gardening tools. The bench dimensions are 72" high x 37 1/4" wide x 34" deep.

4x06 Shaker Tall Chest

  • 1992-02-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm designs a tall Shaker style chest modeled after one he viewed at Hancock Shaker Village. The chest measures 78 3/4" high x 45 1/4" wide x 18 5/8" deep.

4x07 Colonial Fences

  • 1992-02-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build four versions of a fence. He uses Eastern White Cedar to build a 6' garden, a 4' 4" flame, a 3' 6" diamond, and a 3' 2" mortised fence.

4x08 Console Table

  • 1992-02-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a simple, yet elegant, console table with a half-round top using knotty Pine. He crafts curved legs using a band saw. The table measures 29 1/2" high x 44 3/8" wide x 22 1/2" deep.

4x09 Wheelbarrow

  • 1992-02-29T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses Oak to build a wheelbarrow. It features a pneumatic tire, removable sides and a medium density plywood bed. The wheelbarrow measures 25" high x 25" wide x 60" long.

4x10 Umbrella Stand

  • 1992-03-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's umbrella stand is built from light Oak and features a mirror and clay pot holders to catch the water from umbrellas. He achieves the "burnt" effect by fuming the piece in an airtight chamber he fashioned for this purpose. The stand measures 80 1/2" high x 35" wide x 11 1/8" deep.

4x11 Turned Post Bed

  • 1992-03-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses Maple and Pine to build a four-poster single bed. It features robust turnings on the posts and the headboard is decorated with scrolled and serpentine cut-outs. The bed measures 54" high x 46" wide x 81" long.

4x12 Dove Cote

  • 1992-03-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a dovecote modeled after an elaborate one found in Colonial Williamsburg. Smaller than the original, it measures 60" high x 54" wide x 42" deep.

4x13 Ladder-back Chair

  • 1992-03-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a ladder-back chair using Cherry and demonstrates how to weave the seat. The chair measures 42" high x 19" wide x 14" deep.

5x01 Victorian Kitchen Table

  • Season Premiere

    1993-01-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a Victorian Kitchen Table.

5x02 Plant Stand

  • 1993-01-09T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a tall English country plant stand. He also demonstrates how to build a jig to taper the long thin legs. The plant stand is constructed with straight-grained Sugar Pine and measures 50" high x 11" wide x 11" deep.

5x03 Delft Rack

  • 1993-01-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm visits a private collection in an English castle and discovers a Delft rack from 1780. The Delft rack - an oak rack that is the ideal way to display china and figurines-has a cornice molding built up from up five different-shaped pieces of wood that fool the eye and "read" as one. Norm demonstrates how to mill the fluted casings, and how to use patterns to create decorative cutouts and fretwork that embellish this piece.

5x04 Oak Coffee Table

  • 1993-01-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm bases this coffee table on English country furniture. He demonstrates how to use a v-groove, which will add a plank look to the thick table top. The piece measurements are 20" high x 26" wide x 50" long.

5x05 Outdoor Planters

  • 1993-01-30T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm creates two outdoor planters: one that's square with raised panels and a second that's simpler, larger and rectangular, with vertical slats. The master woodworker demonstrates how to craft the small planter's raised panels on a table saw and turn its finials on a lathe. (Both planters are "sinker" cypress, an excellent outdoor wood that weathers to an attentive silver-gray.)

5x06 Pantry Table

  • 1993-02-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm crafts an English country table using a table saw. He tapers the legs and adds delicate bead detail on the front drawer. He also adss a breadboard edge to the top. The table is 30" high x 22" wide x 36" long.

5x07 Sideboard

  • 1993-02-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a White Oak sideboard with three drawers. He adds a pot board and fiddle-shaped legs. He uses a scroll saw to cut the curves. The sideboard measurements are 32" high x 69" wide x 22 1/2" deep.

5x08 Hanging Corner Cupboard

  • 1993-02-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses a table saw and biscuit joinery to build a hanging corner cabinet with a bow-front. He builds the four-shelf cabinet with hard sinker Pine with a Plywood carcass. It measures 37" high x 17" wide x 17" deep.

5x09 Pine Cupboard

  • 1993-02-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm creates and English country cupboard with flat panel and glass panel doors. He uses #2 Pine with knots and a tongue-and-groove backing. The cupboard is 72 1/2" high x 44" wide x 23" deep.

5x10 Butcher Block

  • 1993-03-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a butcher block with a hard endgrain Maple top and a Poplar base. He illustrates how to cut the endgrain to avoid excess sanding. The butcher block is 37 1/2" tall x 24 1/2" wide x 24 1/2" deep.

5x11 Redwood Arbor

  • 1993-03-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Although Norm researched arbors in old England, the one that he builds is inspired by versions from the New England island of Nantucket. Norm's arbor, meant for sitting and enjoying the beauty of the garden, is built from redwood and presents the challenge of fashioning an arch out of segments of wood fixed together with a new water-resistant glue. Norm also tackles making diamond-shaped lattice panels for this project

5x12 Secretary Desk

  • 1993-03-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a secretary writing desk out of pine. Viewers can learn how to craft breadboard corners for this English country favorite, the most elegant and elaborate project of the season, with its four drawers, pigeonholes and stepped interior.

5x13 Tall Pine Clock

  • 1993-03-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm uses off-the-shelf molding and makes some in his workshop to enhance the English country clock he found on King's Road in London. He also adds an inexpensive quartz movement. The clock measures 82" tall x 16" wide x 11" deep.

6x01 Easel

  • Season Premiere

    1994-01-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm has thought of everything for this classic easel, combining his favorite elements from several commercial versions with a sturdy, timeless design that's all his own. The piece features a chalkboard on one side and paper-holding frame on the other, plus a drawer to keep the supplies together with the easel. Norm uses biscuit joinery - no screws, no nails - to join the parts of the leg assembly. The unique paper roll design allows children a continuous supply of new drawing surface.

6x02 Doll House

  • 1994-01-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Adult viewers may be as excited about this doll house as the children it is intended for when Norm creates a true-to-scale replica of his now-famous workshop. Norm gets some ideas from a late-Victorian example located in the Barrett House in New Hampshire, but his final design is less gender-specific, with the familiar great room that is the home of The New Yankee Workshop as well as two stories of smaller rooms and a garage - all features never before seen on camera. With some custom accessorizing, this doll house can easily be rendered appropriate for boys or girls or both. The project involves extensive work with the table saw and router.

6x03 Toy Chest

  • 1994-01-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Combining functionality with simple fun, Norm's toy chest features a top with an inlaid checkerboard made of maple and mahogany, and even a compartment in which to store the checkers. Incorporating through dovetails cut on the dovetailing jig, the chest is as handsome as it is sturdy. Norm also demonstrates valuable marquetry techniques for the checkerboard. As always, safety is a primary concern, and Norm's toy chest includes an ingenious closing device that insures that the lid will never slam on a child's fingers.

6x04 Cradle

  • 1994-01-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm visits Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts for the inspiration behind this Early American hooded cradle, one of the most commonly requested projects on The New Yankee Workshop. The construction includes finger joints and a sliding dovetail for the rocker. Norm's choice of durable cherry is rendered particularly rich with a Danish oil finish. With its distinctive hood and graceful lines, this piece is destined to become an heirloom.

6x05 Trundle Bed

  • 1994-01-29T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

A useful space-saving piece of furniture, the trundle bed is perfect for sleep-overs. The top bed is low enough for kids to climb onto easily, while the trundle rolls out smoothly on casters. Constructing the bed presents an opportunity for Norm to demonstrate a variety of mortise and tenon joinery techniques. Once built, he paints the curved-headboard frame, made of poplar and plywood, with a non-toxic latex enamel, sealing the maple features with a satin polyurethane for a natural wood accent.

6x06 Marble Roll

  • 1994-02-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm considers a historic example of the classic marble roll, as well as a huge mechanical version located at Boston's Museum of Science. His own design emphasizes safety, proportioned for marbles too large for a child to swallow, while the entire unit is small enough to be portable. It is a relatively simple project, made primary on the table saw, that can often be constructed from workshop scraps.

The storage units are essentially three projects in one: a chest of drawers, base cabinet and matching bookcase. All three pieces are constructed from 3/4" oak plywood, making them particularly sturdy yet portable. The plywood is edged with solid oak, which lends the handsome finish that all of Norm's projects share. These pieces that will last for years, potentially traveling with their owners to dorm room or apartment.

6x08 Student's Desk

  • 1994-02-19T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds this project for the "A" student in the house - a desk inspired by the memory of his own version from high school. The durable laminate panels provide a smooth desktop surface for writing that will still look great after years of use. Norm demonstrates how to apply high-pressure laminates and uses mortise and tenon joinery for the stylish oak frames. The oak is sealed with polyurethane for durability.

6x09 Rocking Chair

  • 1994-02-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Children always want a chair that is their own size. Norm's is one they might someday pass on to their own children. The beauty is in the details with this challenging project, as the master woodworker turns the legs on a lathe and forms the curved backrest by laminating three pieces of cherry together. The holes for the arms, legs and stretchers are bored on the drill press using a series of homemade jigs with tapered angles and wedges. This rocking chair is perfectly proportioned and likely to become the favorite in any child's room.

6x10 Alphabet Block Wagon

  • 1994-03-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build an alphabet block wagon.

6x11 High Chair

  • 1994-03-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

The witches of Salem, Massachusetts may have once sat upon the high chair that Norm spies at the House of the Seven Gables. But that doesn't stop the master woodworker from building his own version. Intended for toddlers aged two to four and made of cherry, it features legs and spindle rests turned on the lathe.

6x12 Playhouse (1)

  • 1994-03-19T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's blockbuster project for the sixth season is a playhouse that boys and girls alike will love. In this show, the first of two, he begins work by building the floor platform and prefabricating the walls, then assembling the frame in the backyard. Perfect for tea parties and secret meetings, this playhouse is also a handsome addition to any yard. Norm continues work on his playhouse, concentrating on the wood shingle roof and the many details that he refers to as "goodies," from the window box to the Dutch door. This is the project that Norm's younger viewers are likely to be clamoring for loudest of all.

6x13 Playhouse (2)

  • 1994-03-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's blockbuster project for the sixth season is a playhouse that boys and girls alike will love. In this show, the first of two, he begins work by building the floor platform and prefabricating the walls, then assembling the frame in the backyard. Perfect for tea parties and secret meetings, this playhouse is also a handsome addition to any yard. Norm continues work on his playhouse, concentrating on the wood shingle roof and the many details that he refers to as "goodies," from the window box to the Dutch door. This is the project that Norm's younger viewers are likely to be clamoring for loudest of all. (part 2 of 2).

7x01 X-Brace Trestle Table

  • Season Premiere

    1995-01-07T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-01-14T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-01-21T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-01-28T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-01-04T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-02-11T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-02-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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

7x08 Sailboat (1)

  • 1995-02-26T18:00:00Z — 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)

  • 1995-03-04T18:00:00Z — 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)

  • 1995-03-11T18:00:00Z — 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)

  • 1995-03-18T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-03-25T18:00:00Z — 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

  • 1995-04-01T18:00:00Z — 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.

8x01 Bedside Cupboard

  • Season Premiere

    1996-01-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a bedside cupboard.

8x02 Chestnut Coffee Table

  • 1996-01-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Built of recycled chestnut barn timber, this generously sized coffee table is a reproduction pine table displayed at the Grace Family Vineyards in St. Helena. Featuring large turned legs and a natural oil finish, this table is as individual as the limited edition Cabernet Grace the vineyard is famous for.

8x03 Paymaster's Desk

  • 1996-01-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a Paymaster's desk.

8x04 Long Table

  • 1996-01-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm finds the quintessential gathering table - it's 10 feet long - in the wine tasting room at the Myacamas Vineyards in Napa Valley. He fully demonstrates his master craftsmanship by reproducing this impressive piece of furniture, destined to become a family heirloom. To add to the integrity and value of this piece, he uses two different types of recycled pine that are peppered with interesting wood knots, buckshot and other natural irregularities.

8x05 Double Dresser

  • 1996-02-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm spies this beautifully proportioned double dresser in a private collection of antique pine furniture in Napa Valley. This six-drawer desk is long but narrow, making it versatile enough for a hallway and other small spaces, as well as for a bedroom. Norm crafts his version of the design out of recycled pine, complete with recessed side panels, banded drawer fronts and wooden knobs.

8x06 Chestnut Desk

  • 1996-02-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Another piece found in a private collection in wine country, this elegantly simple desk has an expansive surface, a single center pencil drawer and nicely turned legs. The original was made of pine, but for his version, Norm uses a harder chestnut that is better for writing surfaces. As straight forward and unpretentious as the best American antiques - or wines this desk can easily double as a table.

8x07 Irish Hutch

  • 1996-02-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

One of the most impressive pieces Norm discovers during the course of his travels in wine country is a 200-year-old Irish Hutch owned by the Trevorses of Myacamas Vineyards. This pine hutch features two flat paneled doors and two large dovetailed drawers at its base. Atop the base is a plate rack with simple ornamentation and cornice molding. Lovingly detailed, with plenty of room for displaying china or collectibles, this is one of the most ambitious projects Norm makes this season.

8x08 Wine Storage Unit

  • 1996-02-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In keeping with the wine-country theme, this project is much more than just a wine rack. It is the perfect system for people who take wine collecting seriously. Made of redwood and designed as a four-sided display, this storage unit holds 10 cases of wine while providing additional storage for glasses, corkscrews and oversized bottles, plus a platform for serving. No wine aficionado will want to return from a tasting tour of Napa Valley to anything less.

8x09 Three Turned Table Lamps

  • 1996-03-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm designs three natural wood lamps made from recycled materials to complement his collection of wine country furniture. The largest, 20 inches high, is a massive turning of heart pine that has been laminated. The second, 17 inches high, is turned from two pieces of mahogany. The third, another peice of heart pine, is sixteen inches high.

This season's only two-part project moves the series away from the vineyards of Northern California and back into viewers' backyards when Norm builds a handsome and practical storage shed outside The New Yankee Workshop. The 12-by-8-foot shed with an attached recycling and rubbish center has plenty of room for the lawn mower, snow blower and other lawn and garden tools. Four windows let in the light, and a large door welcomes oversized equipment. The recycling center has enough covered space for sorting and for holding rubbish barrels. The building is finished with Western red cedar clapboards, shingles and galvanized hardware to resist the elements.

This season's only two-part project moves the series away from the vineyards of Northern California and back into viewers' backyards when Norm builds a handsome and practical storage shed outside The New Yankee Workshop. The 12-by-8-foot shed with an attached recycling and rubbish center has plenty of room for the lawn mower, snow blower and other lawn and garden tools. Four windows let in the light, and a large door welcomes oversized equipment. The recycling center has enough covered space for sorting and for holding rubbish barrels. The building is finished with Western red cedar clapboards, shingles and galvanized hardware to resist the elements.

8x12 Nest of Drawers

  • 1996-03-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Here is a practical project that harks back to the first half of the season: the design for this nest of drawers is based on an antique found in a Nantucket shop. A 10-drawer storage unit built of recycled pine, this versatile piece will be equally coveted by the handy person, who will want it for the workshop, and the decorator, who will want to display it on a table or hang it on a wall. The compartments are perfect for storing odds and ends like stamps, hardware or craft supplies.

8x13 Router Table

  • 1996-03-30T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a router table.

9x01 Planter's Desk

  • Season Premiere

    2006-05-08T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm begins his search for low-country furniture projects in Savannah’s famed Monterey Square at the home of antique map and print dealers, Virginia and John Duncan. On their veranda, Norm discovers a quintessential piece of the Old South, a planter’s desk. Once used by cotton and tobacco farmers for bookkeeping, the desk can function quite well today as a compact, home office. Featuring nicely tapered legs, a hinged desktop, and plenty of shelves, it also has enough room to accommodate a small computer. Back East in the New Yankee Workshop, Norm builds this piece out of recycled pine and finishes it with a new pastel stain to give it a “pickled” look.

9x02 Turkey Table

  • 1997-01-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

While touring Savannah, Norm found the inspiration for this unique piece in Marty Johnson's antique collection. Though its name remains a mystery, there's no question that its graceful three-leaf-clover design makes it an attractive and practical accent table. Norm brings a little bit of Georgia back to The New Yankee Workshop when he creates the table out of Southern heart pine.

9x03 Nantucket Settle

  • 1997-01-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

On a recent sojourn to the quaint New England island of Nantucket, Norm found a wonderful lidded settle that can double as extra storage space and a hallway showpiece. Norm crafts a rendition out of beautiful cherry wood and, in the process, demonstrates a variety of intermediate woodworking techniques including spindle-turning and how to make framed panels.

9x04 Tiger Maple Washstand

  • 1997-01-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

This lovely washstand is true to the circa 1830 original found in the antique collection of Stanley and Jacqueline Levine of Savannah, Georgia. Featuring elegant scroll- work, turned legs, and a generous shelf drawer, this vintage design can be used today as a night stand. Norm produces this piece out of fine tiger maple, making it one of the most sophisticated pieces in his collection of low-country furniture.

9x05 Dough Box

  • 1997-02-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In the 1800s, a dough box provided a warm hiding place for bread dough to rise. When Norm crafts his version of this simple design out of antique pine and adds a hinge to the lid, he turns it into a great-looking, modern-day, chest-on-legs.

9x06 Garden Gate

  • 1997-02-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm couldn't resist bringing the romantic design of this garden gateway back from a recent visit to a charming New England seaside community. This ambitious outdoor project features a spindled gateway and is complemented by a pergola and a trellis that frames the garden view. Norm builds this outdoor project out of common, pressure-treated pine to ensure that it will last through years of sunshine, rain, and snow. In the process, he demonstrates how to join wood segments together with splines to form the elegant archway.

9x07 Serving Trays

  • 1997-02-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm takes viewers in to his favorite antique haunt on the quaint New England island of Nantucket where he discovers two distinctive wooden trays. Deeming them "the perfect weekend woodworking projects," Norm crafts the more primitive fruit tray out of recycled pine, and, for the first time on The New Yankee Workshop, introduces the craft of metalsmithing when he fashions the cherry tray's hardware out of brass.

9x08 Carousel Table

  • 1997-02-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

It's a great family gathering table and perfect for playing games with the kids, Norm claimed when he discovered the original in a private collection in Savannah. The ingenious design of this table features a lazy Susan centerpiece which can easily be removed for more formal gatherings. While building this piece out of salvaged pine, Norm shares his secrets for creating the spindle centerpiece with minimal hardware.

9x09 Seven Drawer Chest

  • 1997-03-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm spied this regal nineteenth-century English mahogany, seven-drawer chest in the back room of Alex Raskin's renowned antique shop on Monterey Square in Savannah. This well-proportioned, chest-on-chest features period brass hardware pulls, edge banding, and dovetail drawers.

9x10 Hat Rack

  • 1997-03-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm introduces viewers to the seventeenth-century craft of wood steaming when he creates this charming hat rack out of oak. To learn the proper techniques, Norm pays a visit to craftsman Mike Dunbar, a well-known Windsor chair builder and teacher.

9x11 Greenhouse (1)

  • 1997-03-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

He may be America's favorite master carpenter, but Norm readily admits that he's a "brown thumb," when it comes to gardening. This greenhouse is the perfect project for the serious backyard gardener (or someone who knows one) who is "workshop bound" for the winter. Norm fabricates this design out of redwood and polycarbonate panels. Built to withstand even the toughest weather conditions, this greenhouse provides enough insulation and light to sustain plants during the long winter months.

9x12 Greenhouse (2)

  • 1997-03-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

He may be America's favorite master carpenter, but Norm readily admits that he's a "brown thumb," when it comes to gardening. This greenhouse is the perfect project for the serious backyard gardener (or someone who knows one) who is "workshop bound" for the winter. Norm fabricates this design out of redwood and polycarbonate panels. Built to withstand even the toughest weather conditions, this greenhouse provides enough insulation and light to sustain plants during the long winter months.

9x13 Fireplace Mantle

  • 1997-03-29T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

It's the season finale...and series Norm is taking this woodworking project home. Between shooting The New Yankee Workshop and This Old House, Norm rarely has time to build anything for himself these days. And, like the rest of us, he readily admits his own home is "a work in progress." With his own Rumford fireplace awaiting adornment, Norm takes the opportunity to design this classic Colonial fireplace mantle and builds it using a variety of woods and moldings readily available at home centers nationwide.

10x01 Irish Table

  • Season Premiere

    1998-01-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Viewers find Norm celebrating the tenth anniversary season of The New Yankee Workshop on the quaint New England island of Nantucket in an antique shop that specializes in Irish country furniture. There, he spies what he calls "the perfect occasional table," an antique Celtic pine table with a thirty-six-inch round atop four graceful, tapered legs. Back in The New Yankee Workshop, Norm fashions his own version using recycled pine, and in the process demonstrates mortise-and-tenon joinery techniques and shows how to make a tapering jig.

10x02 Linen Press

  • 1998-01-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm asks, "Have you ever noticed that most armoires and linen presses are too big to fit in today's rooms and look just right?" However, in a private collection in Savannah, Georgia, he finds a beautiful antique linen press whose three-foot by six-foot size make it versatile enough to fit in almost any room. Featuring streamlined, raised-panel double doors with detail beading, its simple design seems almost modern. Back in The New Yankee Workshop, Norm recreates this piece out of recycled pine to give it a vintage look.

10x03 Walnut Table

  • 1998-03-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm travels to Savannah, Georgia, to meet Greg Guenther, a respected local craftsman known for his skills at making period furniture and for his restoration work of Historic Savannah mansions. In Guenther's private collection of period pieces, Norm spies a stunning nineteenth-century, black walnut, drop-leaf dining table with graceful turned legs. Before heading back to The New Yankee Workshop to recreate this heirloom piece, Norm joins Guenther in his workshop for a lesson on how to master a high-gloss finishing technique that enhances the natural beauty of wood.

10x04 Library Ladder

  • 1998-01-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Though a gardener friend uses his handsome antique library ladder to display a collection of vintage watering cans, Norm vows that it can also be used for more utilitarian purposes. He builds this intermediate woodworking project out of recycled, long leaf Southern yellow pine and in the process, demonstrates how to craft its defining feature - splayed legs joined by a hinged crossbar.

10x05 Old Pine Bar

  • 1998-01-31T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds his version of an antique Irish bar out of recycled pine and gives it a high gloss finish so indestructible that he dares any woodworker who builds it to "leave a frosty mug on it."

10x06 Morris Chair

  • 1998-02-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In Arizona, Norm goes on a search for Arts and Crafts-style furniture in Tucson's Historic Arts District. Responding to the many viewer requests he receives each season to build more of the ever-popular Arts and Crafts-style projects, Norm ventures into the F.L. Wright Furniture Gallery where he finds a virtuoso example of the era-a classic, reclining Morris chair. Norm recreates this vintage design out of quarter sawn white oak and in the process, shares his secrets for mastering the techniques required to build the chair's reclining back.

10x07 Cupola

  • 1998-02-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In a surprise twist, Norm opens this New Yankee Workshop from This Old House's recent job site in Milton, Massachusetts. While building a new "dream workshop" on the footprint of the old barn's demolished shell, Norm decides to replicate a version of the antique cupola that once adorned its roof back in The New Yankee Workshop. With help from coppersmith Larry Stearn, Norm recreates a copper-roofed version of the original design. Calling it a "true carpentry project which entails every mitre box application," Norm expertly crafts the cupola's louvers and hip roof.

10x08 Mesquite Bookcase

  • 1998-02-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's expedition to Arizona in search of Arts and Crafts-style furniture projects to build in The New Yankee Workshop leads him to Arroyo Design, a small custom furniture company in Tucson, where he spies a beautiful, glass-front bookcase inspired by the famous Greene Brothers. Featuring divided pane windows and the Greene Brothers' trademark square-peg detailing, its true artisan qualities make it one of the most sophisticated pieces in this season's collection. To ensure its heirloom value, Norm crafts this project out of mesquite and in the process educates viewers on how to work with this native Sonoran desert hardwood.

10x09 Chop Saw Station

  • 1998-02-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

For any woodworker who aspires to have a home version of The New Yankee Workshop, Norm builds a portable chop saw station, an accessory that he promises will "make your power mitre box much more versatile." This station can be used in the workshop or can be carted out to a job site to trim a house or to the backyard to build a deck.

10x10 Whirligig

  • 1998-03-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

On a recent sojourn to Nantucket, Norm is invited to view a local antique dealer's private collection of children's toys and whimsical whirligigs. Inspired by their endearing humor, Norm decides to build his own mechanized version of The New Yankee Workshop's logo, featuring Norm, himself, working at the table saw.

10x11 Chaise Lounge

  • 1998-03-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm takes viewers on an adventure to Utah to witness the dismantling of a twelve-mile long railway trestle which was built at the turn of the century. Eventually progress and better engineering in the 1950s replaced this causeway, and the massive trestlewood pilings which once provided the means by which Southern Pacific was able to cross the Great Salt Lake were all but abandoned. Over years of disuse, the trestlewood, which is comprised of Douglas fir and redwood, eventually became so pickled by lake brine that its grain began to develop an unusual array of colors. Norm acquires some of this trestlewood to build his own outdoor chaise lounge design and in the process, learns quite a bit about current initiatives to harvest this unusual building material.

10x12 Roll Top Desk (1)

  • 1998-03-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm visits the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, Massachusetts. Built in 1860, the mill was purchased in 1864 by German immigrant woodworkers, Charles and Frederick Schwamb. The brothers did a brisk business crafting the oval picture frames which, at the time, were in demand to display photographs of Civil War soldiers. In the Schwamb Brother's old office, Norm spies a handsome, quarter sawn oak roll top desk, which inspires him to build his version of this American classic.

10x13 Roll Top Desk (2)

  • 1998-03-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm visits the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, Massachusetts. Built in 1860, the mill was purchased in 1864 by German immigrant woodworkers, Charles and Frederick Schwamb. The brothers did a brisk business crafting the oval picture frames which, at the time, were in demand to display photographs of Civil War soldiers. In the Schwamb Brother's old office, Norm spies a handsome, quarter sawn oak roll top desk, which inspires him to build his version of this American classic.

11x01 Kitchen Island

  • Season Premiere

    1999-01-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

It's a little known secret that when Norm is not in The New Yankee Workshop or on a This Old House job site, he can be found in his own kitchen cooking for friends and family. Viewers who share his interest in the culinary arts were top of mind when Norm

11x02 Kitchen Pantry

  • 1999-01-09T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Meant to meet the demand for more storage space, Norm's custom designed kitchen pantry promises to be valued even more as a decorative showpiece and as an example of his superb craftsmanship. Built out of antique chestnut with punched copper double doors, its geometric detailing and traditional beauty are illuminated by interior accent lighting. Inside, six melamine storage shelves can store a shop full of pantry items. Watch and learn how to work with recycled wood, fabricate melamine shelves, create punched-copper door panels, and install accent lighting.

11x03 Kitchen Secretary

  • 1999-01-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's kitchen secretary solves the problem of creating a work space in the kitchen that still allows you to keep tabs on the dinner that's cooking on the stove and to take part in family conversation. Built out of mahogany, the ingenuity of its design can be found in its efficient use of space. Hung from the wall, this handsome piece features adjustable shelves to store cookbooks or a small TV and cubby holes for organizing recipes, bills, or correspondence. Below that there's a hinged desk front which folds down and offers enough space to accommodate a laptop computer. Watch and learn how to: create raised panels and intricate shelving work, and mortise and tenon joinery.

11x04 Old Pine Hutch

  • 1999-01-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 front 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 wonderful molding. Watch and learn how to: make glass cabinet doors, construct dovetail drawers, select and apply appropriate moldings and vintage hardware.

11x05 Teak Bar

  • 1999-01-30T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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, it promises to hold everything a party needs. The interior of the wall-mo

11x06 Laundry Center

  • 1999-02-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a laundry center.

11x07 Bake Center

  • 1999-02-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm demonstrates how to build a bake center.

11x08 Table Saw Station

  • 1999-02-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Most woodworkers and homeowners own at least a portable light weight table saw for a variety of projects, but are limited to the size of wood they can cut due to the shortcomings of its design and a lack of accessory work surface. Always looking to expand the versatility of common tools, Norm created this season's home workshop accessory to expand the function of the common table saw. Using basic construction techniques, he shows how to build this station out of melamine and wood and to how to make an auxiliary fence, feather board, and push stick which will allow the home woodworker to safely cut and rip large pieces of lumber for more ambitious projects. Watch and learn: basic construction techniques, how to build a sawhorse, how to make essential saw accessories such as a panel cutter, feather board, and push stick.

11x09 Classic Kitchen Cabinets

  • 1999-02-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

The classic look of Norm Abram's two-unit kitchen cabinet comes from its cornice moulding and vintage-style café hardware made from brushed nickel.

11x10 Sink Base

  • 1999-03-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Inspired by the recycling efforts of two professors and woodworkers, Norm Abram acquires some black cherry timber for use in a kitchen sink base.

11x11 Press Cupboard

  • 1999-03-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm found the inspiration for this simple press cupboard in a Nantucket house he vacationed in last summer and was convinced that the antique original's modest size offered just the right amount of space to store linens and serving utensils for entertaining. Featuring streamlined flat-paneled doors, an upper drawer, and turned feet, its simple design seems almost modern. Norm crafts this piece out of recycled pine to give it a vintage look. Watch and learn: how to create flat paneled doors, making shelves, using the lathe to create turned feet.

11x12 Chef's Table

  • 1999-03-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm Abram's butcher-block topped chef's table combines style with utility, featuring a poplar base with tapered legs and a large storage shelf.

11x13 Grill Cart

  • 1999-03-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. Cart also features a pullout drawer, towel racks, hooks for utensils, and a large bottom shelf.

12x01 Garage Workshop (1)

  • Season Premiere

    2000-01-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x02 Garage Workshop (2)

  • 2000-01-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x03 Planter Boxes & Bench

  • 2000-01-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm crafts modular outdoor planters and a bench 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.

12x04 Croquet Set and Bench

  • 2000-01-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Following a trip to Newport, Rhode Island to learn the finer points of the game, Norm builds his own special croquet mallet and a benchin which to store all the equipment. Sad to say his game is not good.

12x05 Hanging Porch Swing

  • 2000-01-29T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm discovers a beautiful antique porch swing that has been delighting fans for generations and decides we must have one too. His is made from plantation grown teak and looks like it will quickly become an heirloom.

12x06 Computer Desk

  • 2000-02-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bowing to numerous requests from fans, Norm designs and builds a complex of clever spaces for the home office that will accomodate the family computer and all its peripherals.

12x07 Patio Trolley

  • 2000-02-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

This handsome trolley is just the thing to roll around the patio when there are beverages and food to serve. Norm builds this useful outside dining accessory of long lasting mahogany.

12x08 The Desk-Top Writing Case

  • 2000-02-19T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x09 The Patio Table

  • 2000-02-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x10 The English Serving Table

  • 2000-03-04T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x11 Sharpening Station

  • 2000-03-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x12 The Jewelry Box

  • 2000-03-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

12x13 The Breakfront Cabinet

  • 2000-03-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x01 Jigs (1)

  • Season Premiere

    2001-01-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm celebrates the 13th season of The New Yankee Workshop with jigs. Proclaiming them "as important for the workshop as any power tool," Norm devotes the new season 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. Part two 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.

13x02 Jigs (2)

  • 2001-01-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm celebrates the 13th season of The New Yankee Workshop with jigs. Proclaiming them "as important for the workshop as any power tool," Norm devotes the new season 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. Part two 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.

13x03 Hall Seat

  • 2001-01-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

A visit to the historic Grove Park Inn in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains provides the inspiration for this 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.

13x04 CD Storage Case

  • 2001-01-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x05 Garden Armchair

  • 2001-02-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x06 Workshop Hutch

  • 2001-02-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x07 Outdoor Cupboard

  • 2001-02-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x08 Dressing Table (1)

  • 2001-02-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. 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.

13x09 Dressing Table (2)

  • 2001-03-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. 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.

13x10 Mail Box

  • 2001-03-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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."

13x11 Bath Cupboard

  • 2001-03-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x12 Monastery Table

  • 2001-03-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

13x13 Barrister Bookcase

  • 2001-03-31T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x01 Miter Bench and Storage (1)

  • Season Premiere

    2002-01-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 shelf with a bench-top fixture that secures the tool and provides extension to support and stabilize longer stock. This will be a popular project to anyone who wants to build useful organized storage in the workshop.

14x02 Miter Bench and Storage (2)

  • 2002-01-19T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 shelf with a bench-top fixture that secures the tool and provides extension to support and stabilize longer stock. This will be a popular project to anyone who wants to build useful organized storage in the workshop.

14x03 Steamer Trunk

  • 2002-01-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x04 Adirondack Loveseat

  • 2002-02-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x05 Canopy Bed

  • 2002-02-09T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 maple version sized to fit a queen. The four turned posts and a handsome headboard lend distinction to a good night’s sleep.

14x06 Shaving Stand

  • 2002-02-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x07 Work Table and Clamp Cart

  • 2002-02-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 cart for his collection of woodworker’s clamps. When he needs several clamps, he can easily wheel over his collection to make his choice.

14x08 Pedestal Table

  • 2002-03-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x09 Four Drawer Chest

  • 2002-03-09T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 find an original in an antique store. Norm’s version is built of high quality mahogany veneer plywood and fitted with period reproduction hardware. This four drawer classic is perfect for a small space or next to a bed.

14x10 Wooden Bowls

  • 2002-03-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 find 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.

14x11 Nightstand

  • 2002-03-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x12 Deck Chair

  • 2002-03-30T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

14x13 Stepback Cupboard

  • 2002-04-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x01 Deluxe Router Station

  • Season Premiere

    2003-01-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm's original router station is the most popular shop project he's ever done. So why change it? Well, in the 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.

15x02 Sheep Shearing Coffee Table

  • 2003-01-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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, canapés, 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.

15x03 Queen Anne Table

  • 2003-01-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x04 Cigar Chair (1)

  • 2003-02-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. 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

15x05 Cigar Chair (2)

  • 2004-02-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. 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

15x06 Beveled Glass Cupboard

  • 2003-02-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x07 Media Press (1)

  • 2003-02-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x08 Media Press (2)

  • 2003-03-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x09 Flagpole

  • 2003-03-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x10 Regency Headboard

  • 2003-03-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Years ago on 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.

15x11 Painted Corner Hutch

  • 2004-03-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 décor.

15x12 French Side Table

  • 2003-03-29T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

15x13 Wall Mounted Tool Chest

  • 2004-01-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. Video and Measured Drawings are available on the New Yankee Workshop Website.

16x01 The Butterfly Table

  • Season Premiere

    2004-01-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x02 The Folding Screen

  • 2004-01-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x03 The Flower Stand

  • 2004-01-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 twocoat paint job results in a handsome “black/green" garden finish, perfect for displaying a varied collection of plants and flowers.

16x04 The Shaker Bookcase

  • 2004-01-31T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x05 The Tall Case Oak Clock

  • 2004-02-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x06 The Dower Chest

  • 2004-02-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x07 The Windsor Chair (1)

  • 2004-02-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 Wallick 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.

16x08 The Windsor Chair (2)

  • 2004-02-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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 Wallick 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.

16x09 The Lowboy

  • 2004-03-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x10 The Pier Table

  • 2004-03-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x11 The Dining Table

  • 2004-03-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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-feast days. 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.

16x12 The Mission Style Desk

  • 2004-03-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

16x13 The Gardener's Dry Sink

  • 2004-04-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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. Video and Measured Drawings are available on the New Yankee Workshop Website.

17x01 The Hall Mirror

  • Season Premiere

    2005-01-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Every family needs one of these. An assembly point for the family keys, hats, and mail, with the added bonus of a large mirror that gets you ready before you leave the house. This Arts and Crafts style hall mirror, framed in oak and fitted with reproduction antique hardware, is an ideal woodworking project.

17x02 Bermuda Bench/Table

  • 2005-01-15T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Every time Norm does an outside project it is an instant hit. This will be no exception. It’s a useful all-weather convertible bench/table. He found it in an old house in Saint Georges, Bermuda and thought it would be perfect for a New Yankee Workshop project. Made of rot-resistant cypress, this will only get more beautiful with age.

17x03 Ottoman

  • 2005-01-22T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Encouraged by his success in building the upholstered cigar chair in Season 15, Norm partners once again with furniture guru Norman Coley to build an oversized ottoman that today’s decorators simply must have. Norm visits the semi-annual world famous Chapel Hill, North Carolina furniture market to select the model he will build in the New Yankee Workshop. While he is at it, he adds a leather-covered footstool to go with his cigar chair.

17x04 Bermuda Chest

  • 2005-01-29T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bermudans call themselves "Onions" perhaps because of those succulent pungent bulbs they have grown for hundreds of years. But onions also appear as wooden buns, or feet, to keep their blanket chests off the damp floors of that seaside nation. Norm, on his trip to Bermuda, finds a historic example in the form of a well-proportioned solid mahogany chest which he is able to reproduce faithfully back at the shop.

17x05 Federal-Style Game Table

  • 2005-02-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

With no television and few newspapers to read, our ancestors had plenty of time for card games thus, game tables were very popular. They often featured circular tops that were hinged and could be folded, designed to be stored against the wall when not in use. When needed, the top flipped down on a hinged gate leg and was suitable for four card players. Norm discovered an example in historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, which he used as inspiration for his piece.

17x06 Lathe 101

  • 2005-02-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm starts, as usual, with explaining the tools that will be used in this episode. Which, as you guessed it, is his Lathe? But, unlike most shows where he uses the lathe, he goes into depth as to what all the pieces are, and how they are used. He then goes through the basics on a scrap piece of firewood, showing us how to get down-to-round. A quick sharpening demo is given, and then let’s get into some real turning. He does a bit of turning on a rail spindle, showing several intermediate techniques. Finally, he finishes out the show with the complete turning of a standard baseball bat. His newly created bat is then brought down to Fenway Park, and used in batting practice by infielder Kevin Millar.

17x07 Side Chair

  • 2005-02-19T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm has said many times that chairs are the most challenging projects a woodworker can attempt. Not only do they have to be strong enough to support the heavy twisting action of a human body, they also have to be attractive enough to take their place at the table. Norm visits historic Deerfield in central Massachusetts where he discovers, amid the vast collection of antique furniture, a comfortable, handsome, American-built side chair of the early 1800’s. Norm makes a faithful reproduction back in the workshop and upholsters it in a modern fabric that should stand up well to the rigors of time.

17x08 Tilt Top Table

  • 2005-02-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

One classic furniture form that Norm has long admired is the tilt top table. Graceful Chippendale feet support a central pedestal, which in turn supports the tilting mechanism and a glorious cherry top, which is fashioned in a "hanker chief" outline. When stored in the "up" position it provides a dramatic backdrop, and when it is down it is a comfortable and useful table for four. Norm finds the original at the historic Harrison Gray house on Boston’s Beacon Hill.

17x09 Highboy (1)

  • 2005-03-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Never in the history of The New Yankee Workshop has there been a more challenging project. This bonnet-topped Queen Anne-legged tiger maple highboy is a classic in every sense of the word. Even the reproduction hardware is rare. Joining Norm in the search for a suitable highboy that Norm can reproduce are Leigh and Leslie Keno, much respected furniture experts from the PBS show "FIND." They take Norm to Leigh’s gallery in New York City and show him a glorious original they believe was built in Wethersfield, Connecticut in the early 19th century. It takes Norm two programs to complete the magnificent project and those who have seen it say it is well worth his time and effort.

17x10 Highboy (2)

  • 2005-03-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Never in the history of The New Yankee Workshop has there been a more challenging project. This bonnet-topped Queen Anne-legged tiger maple highboy is a classic in every sense of the word. Even the reproduction hardware is rare. Joining Norm in the search for a suitable highboy that Norm can reproduce are Leigh and Leslie Keno, much respected furniture experts from the PBS show "FIND." They take Norm to Leigh’s gallery in New York City and show him a glorious original they believe was built in Wethersfield, Connecticut in the early 19th century. It takes Norm two programs to complete the magnificent project and those who have seen it say it is well worth his time and effort.

17x11 Kitchen Island

  • 2005-03-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Largely unknown in grandmother’s time, kitchen islands have become indispensable in today’s modern home. Used to house sinks, cook tops, storage for pots and pans, recyclables, and barstools, they often become the most valuable work surface in a busy kitchen. Norm builds this one out of poplar and birch plywood for a painted finish and lines it with hard wearing factory-applied finishes intended to give this island a long career of heavy use. Along with the high-tech plywood, Norm uses state of the art drawer slides and period pulls to complete this useful project.

17x12 Carved Wooden Signs

  • 2005-03-26T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Way back in 1988, when we needed to make a sign for "The New Yankee Workshp," we turned to a small company in Lincoln New Hampshire whose signs we admired and asked them to create ours. We have always wanted to pay them a visit and to find out how professionals create these masterpieces. In this program Norm does just that and finds out how a router, a sand blaster, a hand chisel, and a sophisticated computerized machine can be used to carve modern signs. Then he learns how the professionals design, hand letter, paint, and gild these beauties. He returns to the New Yankee Workshop and applies the lessons he's learned to his own collection of shop-made signs.

17x13 The Library System

  • 2005-04-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Is there a homeowner out there who doesn't yearn for more shelf space for his books and display items, says Norm at the beginning of The Library System program, which concludes the 17th season of New Yankee Workshop projects. Recognizing the need for a good bookcase design that can be used in any suitable room and added to as needed to fill out a wall of books leads Norm to design a modular system that can be adjusted to go around existing windows or doors. It looks like expensive "custom" built-ins, yet the elements are actually built in the shop where cutting and routing large pieces of plywood and dealing with the resulting dust is easy. Norm is betting that when wood workers learn some of his tips on this project, lots of Library Systems will be built.

18x01 Colonial Style Mantel

  • Season Premiere

    2006-01-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

After tackling more pressing projects, Norm is finally getting around to building a mantelpiece for the master bedroom in his home. Though his home is filled with the beautiful furniture he has made over the years at the New Yankee Workshop, somehow he never took the time to complete the most defining architectural element in his bedroom – the fireplace mantel. Now, instead of waking up to an unfinished brick and plaster wall, he looks at a beautiful Colonial mantelpiece that frames the master bedroom’s fireplace. The project involves using the router table to produce the frames to receive the m.d.o. plywood panels and make a molding, some precise work with the mitre saw, and installation of the completed mantelpiece. As always, Norm makes this project seem within reach of most average woodworkers

18x02 Plantation Shutters

  • 2006-01-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

If you’ve priced plantation shutters lately, you know how expensive they can be, costing several hundred dollars per opening. Not surprisingly, Yankee ingenuity and thrift get the better of Norm and he creates some stunning shutters in the workshop. As his admirers have come to expect, he first builds a collection of jigs, which are necessary to drill holes, set staples, and mortise hinges. Then he shapes the individual bass wood slats, mounts them on a control rod, and positions the whole assembly into a frame of poplar that then gets spray-painted. You’ll be impressed at how well these interior shutters look and operate when he installs them in a room he’s been working on for some time.

18x03 Workshop Helpers

  • 2006-01-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Everybody knows Norm likes to work alone. Although he does get some help finishing the projects, Norm does the wood working all by himself. Sometimes that’s not easy, so Norm finally decided to enlist the help of some workers who never show up for work late, never get tired, and are willing to work until the job is done. Meet them. Roller Stand: a sturdy, height adjustable, rugged stand for use as an out feed appliance for the table saw, the band saw, or the drill press. It even comes to work ready with its own homemade, self-storing crank. Stock Cart: a lightweight, very strong, wheeled wagon that comes with five shelves to organize the parts needed to complete a project and travels from machine to machine, carrying the parts as needed. Mobile Tool Stand: a shop-built table to support bench top tools like planers, small saws, and jointers that, when combined with a mobile base, can add versatility and convenience to any shop.

18x04 Poker Table

  • 2006-01-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Poker is the game to be playing right now and Norm has a special project in mind for its legions of fans when he sets out to find and build the ideal table. He starts with the Internet and finds plenty of commercial variations and lots of information and inspiration that will help him create his table. To find out what the locals are using, Norm interrupts a neighborhood poker game for a look at their table and comes away unimpressed. Although the one he finds supports eight players, their chips, their drinks, and the cards, it is profoundly ugly and shaky. Norm decides to build an improved version. Norm creates his eight-sided table of mahogany and mahogany veneer plywood and places it on a sturdy pedestal. Rethinking the traditional felt covering typically used on these tables, Norm chooses a state-of-the-art synthetic fabric that offers a much-improved covering. He even finds brass cup holders, which are recessed into the top for holding beverages. The finished table is a winner.

18x05 New Yankee Shop Clock

  • 2006-02-04T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Over the years, Norm has created several clocks for The New Yankee Workshop, most notably the tall case oak clock with an imported eight day movement (Item #0405) he built a couple of years ago. Now his interest turns to a shorter cased clock with a key wind spring movement that is housed in a walnut case. But the big difference is the painted glass panel that adorns the clock face and the clockworks below. Norm asks his project partner, the Klockit Company of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to come up with a facsimile of the famous New Yankee logo, which will be painted on the glass and through which the clock pendulum can be seen. The results are stunning and just the finishing touch for a workshop or any room in the house. Everybody who has seen it wants one.

18x06 Router 101 (1)

  • 2006-02-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Is there a woodworker anywhere who doesn’t own a router? Ever since these ubiquitous power tools were invented many years ago, craftsmen like Norm have been devising ways to use them for a wide variety of useful tasks. Norm begins this special two-part program with a demonstration of both the standard base and the plunge type router and declares his preference. He also shows some of his favorite bits for creating both simple and complex edges on his projects. Then, Norm turns to the task of making perfect mortises for hinges by creating a jig that allows even a novice to achieve perfect results every time. Next, Norm uses the router and builds another home-built jig to form precise dadoes in shelf standards, elements he might build for a bookcase project. In part two of this router special, Norm begins with a demonstration of commercial router tables and moves on to show his version of a router station that so many of his fans have copied for their own workshops. With it, Norm shows the step-by-step procedure of making raised panel cabinet doors. Next, Norm uses a homemade circle-cutting jig to form perfect circles of various diameters with a router. Also included are instructions and a demonstration on how to make inlays using a router.

18x07 Router 101 (2)

  • 2006-02-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Is there a woodworker anywhere who doesn’t own a router? Ever since these ubiquitous power tools were invented many years ago, craftsmen like Norm have been devising ways to use them for a wide variety of useful tasks. Norm begins this special two-part program with a demonstration of both the standard base and the plunge type router and declares his preference. He also shows some of his favorite bits for creating both simple and complex edges on his projects. Then, Norm turns to the task of making perfect mortises for hinges by creating a jig that allows even a novice to achieve perfect results every time. Next, Norm uses the router and builds another home-built jig to form precise dadoes in shelf standards, elements he might build for a bookcase project. In part two of this router special, Norm begins with a demonstration of commercial router tables and moves on to show his version of a router station that so many of his fans have copied for their own workshops. With it, Norm shows the step-by-step procedure of making raised panel cabinet doors. Next, Norm uses a homemade circle-cutting jig to form perfect circles of various diameters with a router. Also included are instructions and a demonstration on how to make inlays using a router.

18x08 Corner Table

  • 2006-02-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

This project involves some considerable effort. At the suggestion of a friend who, with his colleagues, is trying to restore a historic river, Norm agrees to paddle a canoe over some rapids in search of some unusual white oak that’s been submerged there for nearly 150 years. The oak Norm wants was used as a dam on Virginia’s mighty Rappahannock River. Today it sits as a pile of salvage on the river’s edge just hoping a woodworker floats by to rescue some of it for furniture projects. Norm engages Bill Jewell, a local sawyer of historical trees, to prepare this timber for the purpose of making a drop-leaved corner table, which Norm finds at nearby Kenmore House, a noted Fredericksburg mansion that was once owned by George Washington’s sister. After Norm gets the wood to his shop, he spends considerable effort turning it into suitable pieces to make a copy of the original table – including the challenging turned legs that add so much style to this particular piece.

18x09 Greek Revival Bookcase

  • 2006-03-04T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

While prowling a designer show house, Norm discovers a handsome collection of bookcases built in the Greek Revival tradition. Although they are made of plywood, every detail gives the appearance of solid tablets of white stone. The shelves resemble slabs of marble and the cornice on the tall case might have been carved from stone in the manner of a Greek temple. Glass doors enclose the lower bookcase element and swing on concealed European hinges. No mere bookcases here; they are worthy of your finest volumes and your most valued treasures.

18x10 Storage Shed

  • 2006-03-11T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Taking his cue from a pool house he finds on Nantucket, Norm creates a relatively simple, multipurpose structure so coveted by today’s homeowners. It could be a garden shed, a place to store the outdoor furniture for the winter, a pool house, or a home for the family bicycles and yard machines. This 96-square foot building is the perfect size for many backyards and features low-maintenance materials that are expected to hold paint and resist weather. Best of all, it is attractive to look at and relatively easy to build.

18x11 Wall Hung Console

  • 2006-03-18T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

We first found this item in a decorator show house and were impressed with its functionality and beauty. No more than a shelf really, it is fastened to the wall with massive decorative brackets. It is a perfect solution for displaying vases, candles, lamps, and other objects in a narrow space. Norm builds his out of mahogany.

18x12 Corner Chair

  • 2006-03-25T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Corner chairs go way back in the history of furniture. Some say their early popularity had to do with the convenience of those wearing swords who could sit on such a chair comfortably. During a visit to Historic New England, a preservation society, Norm is shown a number of variations on this classic form. Norm decides to build his chair out of cherry.

18x13 Wall Paneling

  • 2006-04-01T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In this program, Norm demonstrates how easy it can be to panel a wall. Norm begins by showing some wonderful examples of wall paneling techniques in a home restored several years ago by This Old House. At one end of the spectrum, Norm shows how simple molding applied to a plain wall can create a paneled effect. Then, he moves back to the Workshop to show classic bead board paneling, raised panel systems and, finally, elegant mahogany paneling using veneer hardwood plywood and solid custom moldings and trim.

19x01 Guiltwood Mirror

  • Season Premiere

    2007-01-06T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x02 Entrance Door

  • 2007-01-13T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm creates a custom made entry door from Mahogany with bulls eye glass inserts. The dimensions are 36" wide x 84" in height.

19x03 Old Pine Dry Sink

  • 2007-01-20T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x04 Martha's Candlestand

  • 2007-01-27T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x05 Dominy Clock

  • 2007-02-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x06 Cowboy Sideboard

  • 2007-02-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a Molesworth style sideboard using Douglas Fir. The sideboard dimensions are 47" long x 19" wide x 32" high.

19x07 Painted Cupboard

  • 2007-02-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x08 Table Saw 101 (1)

  • 2007-02-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

19x09 Table Saw 101 (2)

  • 2007-03-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

19x10 Taunton Chest

  • 2007-03-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a unique version of an early American Taunton chest. The chest measures 38" long x 18" wide x 33" tall.

19x11 Bowfront Chest

  • 2007-03-17T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x12 Nest of Tables

  • 2007-03-24T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

19x13 Window Bench

  • 2007-03-31T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

20x01 Kitchen Cabinet Basics (1)

  • Season Premiere

    2008-01-05T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

20x02 Kitchen Cabinet Basics (2)

  • 2008-01-12T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

20x05 Kitchen Project - The Pantry (5)

  • 2008-02-02T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

20x07 Kitchen Project - The Island (7)

  • 2008-02-16T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

20x08 Kitchen Project - The Bar (8)

  • 2008-02-23T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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)

20x10 Adirondack Trio

  • 2008-03-08T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

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.

20x11 All-Weather Loveseat

  • 2008-03-15T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm builds a love seat with traditional Teak and all-weather fabric.

20x12 Lolling Chair

  • 2008-03-22T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

Antiques expert Gary Sullivan assists Norm with research needed to build and upholster a reproduction of a lolling chair.

20x13 Tap Table

  • 2008-03-29T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm reproduces a tap-room table he finds at the Antiques Gallery of Ronald Bourgeault. The table has turned maple legs, a round pine top, and a painted patina. It measures 28" round and 26" tall.

21x01 Planter's Desk

  • Season Premiere

    2009-01-03T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm begins his search for low-country furniture projects in Savannah’s famed Monterey Square at the home of antique map and print dealers, Virginia and John Duncan. On their veranda, Norm discovers a quintessential piece of the Old South, a planter’s desk. Once used by cotton and tobacco farmers for bookkeeping, the desk can function quite well today as a compact, home office. Featuring nicely tapered legs, a hinged desktop, and plenty of shelves, it also has enough room to accommodate a small computer. Back East in the New Yankee Workshop, Norm builds this piece out of recycled pine and finishes it with a new pastel stain to give it a “pickled” look.

21x02 Turkey Table

  • 2009-01-10T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

While touring Savannah, Norm found the inspiration for this unique piece in Marty Johnson’s antique collection. Though its name remains a mystery, there’s no question that its graceful three-leaf-clover design makes it an attractive and practical accent table. Norm brings a little bit of Georgia back to the New Yankee Workshop when he creates the table out of Southern heart pine.

21x03 Nantucket Settle

  • 2009-01-17T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

On a sojourn to the quaint New England island of Nantucket, Norm found a wonderful lidded settle that can double as extra storage space and a hallway showpiece. Norm crafts a rendition out of beautiful cherry wood and, in the process, demonstrates a variety of intermediate woodworking techniques including spindle-turning and how to make framed panels.

21x04 Tiger Maple Washstand

  • 2009-01-24T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

This lovely washstand is true to the circa 1830 original found in the antique collection of Stanley and Jacqueline Levine of Savannah, Georgia. Featuring elegant scroll work, turned legs, and a generous shelf drawer, this vintage design can be used today as a night stand. Norm produces this piece out of fine tiger maple, making it one of the most sophisticated pieces in his collection of low-country furniture.

21x05 Dough Box

  • 2009-01-31T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

In the 1800s, a dough box provided a warm hiding place for bread dough to rise. When Norm crafts his version of this simple design out of antique pine and adds a hinge to the lid, he turns it into a great-looking, modern-day, chest-on-legs.

21x06 Garden Gate

  • 2009-02-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm couldn’t resist bringing the romantic design of this garden gateway back from a visit to a historic New England village. This ambitious outdoor project features a spindled gateway and is complemented by a pergola and a trellis that frames the garden view. Norm builds this outdoor project out of common, pressure-treated pine to ensure that it will last through years of sunshine, rain, and snow. In the process, he demonstrates how to join wood segments together with splines to form the elegant archway.

21x07 Serving Trays

  • 2009-02-14T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm takes viewers in to his favorite antique haunt on the quaint New England island of Nantucket where he discovers two distinctive wooden trays. Deeming them “the perfect weekend woodworking projects,” Norm crafts the more primitive fruit tray out of recycled pine, and, for the first time on The New Yankee Workshop, introduces the craft of metalsmithing when he fashions the cherry tray’s hardware out of brass.

21x08 Carousel Table

  • 2009-02-21T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

It’s a great family gathering table and perfect for playing games with the kids, Norm claimed when he discovered the original in a private collection in Savannah. The ingenious design of this table features a lazy Susan centerpiece which can easily be removed for more formal gatherings. While building this piece out of salvaged pine, Norm shares his secrets for creating the spindle centerpiece with minimal hardware.

21x09 Seven Drawer Chest

  • 2009-02-28T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm spied this regal nineteenth-century English mahogany, seven-drawer chest in the back room of Alex Raskin’s renowned antique shop on Monterey Square in Savannah. This well-proportioned, chest-on-chest features period brass hardware pulls, edge banding, and dovetail drawers.

21x10 Hat Rack

  • 2009-03-07T18:00:00Z — 30 mins

Norm introduces viewers to the seventeenth-century craft of wood steaming when he creates this charming hat rack out of oak. To learn the proper techniques, Norm pays a visit to craftsman Mike Dunbar, a well-known Windsor chair builder and teacher.

21x11 Greenhouse (1)

  • 2009-03-14T17:00:00Z — 30 mins

He may be America’s favorite master carpenter, but Norm readily admits that he’s a “brown thumb,” when it comes to gardening. This greenhouse is the perfect project for the serious backyard gardener (or someone who knows one) who is “workshop bound” for the winter. Norm fabricates this design out of redwood and polycarbonate panels. Built to withstand even the toughest weather conditions, this greenhouse provides enough insulation and light to sustain plants during the long winter months.