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06-26-2017 12:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: new yankee workshop projects arts and crafts shaker modern victorian traditional question

I started this thread as a tribute to the New Yankee Workshop, which we have all seen, anywhere from once to every episode. Norm Abram has inspired us all, and is the reason a lot of us got into woodworking.

Credit to becikeja who started another post “Norm is still the king” and gave me the idea to start this.

Share what New Yankee Workshop projects you have made, and Pics would be great.

Let the nostalgia begin….. and don’t forget to wear your safety glasses :-)

Here is The Old Pine Cupboard I made, about 20 years ago. (It’s about 10 feet away from me as I type this)

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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Bill Berklich

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 12:47 PM

A sharpening bench/cart (with mods) that is nearing completion. Adirondacks (w/mods), book cases and a couple more. Still projects I want to try.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 01:17 PM

Okay great idea. Although this was not made from the “Measured Draring” it is essentially Norm’s clamp cart. Built with 2x lumber and pocket screws and 1 in poplar dowels. Very functional.

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 01:43 PM

I built his router table (Version 1, though my changes looked more like version 2), his clamp rack, and on deck is a library desk. Seems like there is one other item, but I can’t remember what it was.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 02:05 PM

Mainly did the router table. One of the cornerstones of my shop she’s 14+ years old

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 02:14 PM

Made from Barn wood Oak….or…

Aromatic Red Cedar..

And quite a few small tables

Second chest of drawers I ever built was made like Norms.

I used his projects as ideas.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 06-26-2017 02:23 PM

I forgot that I also made his Table Saw Station. I can only find 1 really bad picture of it, it has been gone for about 15 years. it was very useful to enhance the capabilities of a benchtop saw. I do still have, and use the Saw Horses though.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 06-26-2017 02:45 PM

Norm is the man…

I made this blanket chest from his plans (published in a project book), accept I used Red Oak and put my daughter’s name on the top rail.

I’m currently making a second one out of Mahogany with raised panel construction.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 03:04 PM

Nice work, guys! Love that clamp rack, Ben. Wish I had that collection in my shop!

Though I’ve never made any of Norm’s projects per se, I have watched many of his videos and used the techniques he demonstrated to help me solve my own problems or add features and ideas that he employed for my own.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 06-26-2017 03:18 PM

I remember the other thing from his plans that I built. He spent one season doing a kitchen, the cabinet construction was the focus. That season also had a partner article in FWW that went into a little more detail about the cabinets, particularly the door panels and applied molding. I built bath cabinets that closely followed his design, except , of course, they were for a bath. A vanity and a linen closet (pantry). It was also the first painted project I had ever attempted.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 06-26-2017 03:38 PM

I’ve made a few of his projects.

First I made his “ice box entertainment center”. I made it out of mahogany plywood and solid mahogany about 25 years ago.

Next I built the “Sturbridge Village rocking horse” which I somehow could not find in the house. I think my wife took it to school or hid it somewhere… but it looks something like this. I made it for my oldest daughter for her 2nd birthday. She’s now 27!

Next was the “Adirondack chairs”.

Last was the “router table” with a purchased table.

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#11 posted 06-26-2017 09:14 PM

I built the workbench from plans in one of his books. Season 1 Ep 2
I’ve had this a bout 20 years I guess and I still use it. I recently added a vise to it and now I like it more than ever.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#12 posted 06-27-2017 12:58 AM

This is some beautiful work guys, thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go back and review all the projects and make some of them

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#13 posted 06-27-2017 01:05 AM

I made the Adirondack chairs out of one by cedar (couldn’t get 5/4 cedar from a brewery like he did) I added some diagonal bracing on the back as the chairs started getting wobbly sideways-wise, painted them and moved them to the covered porch but have had them since about 1993. Quite comfortable.

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#14 posted 06-27-2017 12:33 PM

I built the shaker candle stand (posted in my projects).

I also built some wall cabinets as bookshelves (wanted to keep them out of kiddo’s reach) based on his garage workshop episodes.

My first furniture project (not posted here) was the shaker side table. Never even built the drawer. It now sits next to my computer desk to hold my printer…and to remind me why I’ll never buy “select pine” from the big box stores again!

Also, in process, 2 bookshelves from his first or second season for a friend (building them together).

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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