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11-30-2020 01:14 PM

Hey guys, I am wondering if you can help me please? I’m trying to remember the name of an old American wood working TV show, but countless hours and internet wormholes later, I can’t find any information on it and it’s driving me mad!

It was a show around the same time as New Yankee Workshop and This Old House but it wasn’t either of them. It also wasn’t “American woodshop” either.

It had two hosts – one was short and heavy set with a moustache and the other was tall, lean and from what I recall, had acne scars on his face?!
I remember being glued to the TV watching it in my late teens, which was around the end of the 90s/very early 2000s but I think I the show was older than that, so probably 80s/90s.
The show didn’t have as big a budget as TOH, NYW etc, but I remember the two presenters had great chemistry and there were more jokes etc in the show, so it felt more informal than perhaps NYW was. Weirdly, another thing that really sticks in my memory is that I can remember a lot of shellac bring used on the show (which was something I had no clue about here in the UK)
Any help in identifying this show would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 11-30-2020 01:44 PM

Sounds like Furniture to Go starring the Furniture Guys, Ed Feldman and Joe L’Erario. Ed was the upholstery expert and Joe did the finishing/refinishing. It had a major cult following—I was one of them.

And yes, the jokes were hilarious. One that sticks in my head was when Joe was using some van dyke brown stain and said the color was what he called “morning after merlot.” Any red wine drinkers out there will get it. Each show started with a comedy skit, often a take-off on a scene from some famous show or movie, like Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Twilight Zone, etc.

The frequent shellac references were light cuts that they called spit coats.

They started a reboot on youtube. Ed has lost a lot of weight and the team dynamic isn’t what it used to be.

Finally, they also did a brief series around the same time called Men In Tool Belts.

If you’re familiar with bittorrents, many episodes are available using them. I have a folder with a few dozen that I still enjoy watching.

Here’s a link: I know there’s a Facebook page as well.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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