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New Yankee Workshop, The
Master carpenter Norm Abram is known to millions of PBS viewers for his legendary woodworking skills, ingenuity and inspired teaching. Abram continues to guide millions of viewers through the hands-on process of home renovation and furniture making. This series offers a variety of classic wood working projects that will appeal both to amateur and the experience craftsmen.


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Desk-Top Writing Case

After looking through the offerings of a country store, Norm finds the inspiration to build a small lock-and-key style writing desk that was popular 200 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.
Dec 1
9:30PM
11:30PM
Outdoor Patio Table

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.
Dec 4
9:30PM
11:30PM
English Server

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 reproduction.
Dec 5
9:30PM
11:30PM
Sharpening Station

'You can't do the work, unless the tools are sharp ' is the mantra of woodworkers everywhere. Norm celebrates this sentiment 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.
Dec 6
9:30PM
11:30PM
Jewelry Case

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 a flip-up mirror and secret compartment to store treasures. But viewers will just have to tune in to see this secret revealed.
Dec 7
9:30PM
11:30PM
Breakfront Cabinet

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.
Dec 8
9:30PM
11:30PM
Irish Table

Abram is on the island of Nantucket in an antique shop that specializes in Irish country furniture. He spies what he calls "the perfect occasional table," an antique Celtic pine table. Back in the workshop, Abram fashions his own version using recycled pine.
Dec 11
9:30PM
11:30PM
Linen Press

In a private collection in Savannah, Georgia, Abram finds a beautiful antique linen press whose three-foot by six-foot size makes it versatile enough to fit in almost any room. Back in the workshop, Abram re-creates this piece out of recycled pine to give it a vintage look.
Dec 12
9:30PM
11:30PM
Walnut Table

Abram travels to Savannah, Georgia, to meet Greg Guenther, a 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, Abram spies a 19th-century black walnut, drop-leaf dining table. Before heading back to the workshop to re-create this heirloom piece, Abram joins Guenther in his workshop for a lesson on how to master a high-gloss finishing technique that enhances the natural beauty of wood.
Dec 13
9:30PM
11:30PM
Library Ladder

Though a gardener friend uses his antique library ladder to display a collection of vintage watering cans, Abram feels it also can be used for more utilitarian purposes. He builds this intermediate woodworking project out of recycled, long leaf Southern yellow pine and demonstrates how to craft its defining feature -- splayed legs joined by a hinged crossbar.
Dec 14
9:30PM
11:30PM
Old Pine Bar

Norm builds his version of an antique Irish bar out of recycled pine and gives its a high-gloss finish so indestructible that he dares any woodworker who builds it to "leave a frosty mug on it."
Dec 15
9:30PM
11:30PM
Morris Chair

In Arizona, Norm goes on a search for arts and crafts-style furniture in Tucson's Historic Arts District. 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 quartersawn white oak and, in the process, shares his secrets for mastering the techniques required to build the chair's reclining back.
Dec 18
9:30PM
11:30PM
Cupola

In a surprise twist, Norm opens this episode 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 ell, 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.
Dec 19
9:30PM
11:30PM
Mesquite Bookcase

Norm's expedition to Arizona in search of arts and crafts-style furniture projects 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. 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.
Dec 20
9:30PM
11:30PM
Chop Saw Station

For any woodworker who aspires to have a home version of THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP, Norm builds a portable chop saw station. 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.
Dec 21
9:30PM
11:30PM
Whirligig

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.
Dec 22
9:30PM
11:30PM
Chaise Lounge

Norm takes viewers on an adventure to Utah to witness the dismantling of a 12-mile long railway trestle which that built at the turn of the century. 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.
Dec 25
9:30PM
11:30PM
Roll Top Desk, Part 1

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 Brothers' old office, Norm spies a handsome, quartersawn oak roll top desk which inspires him to build his own version of this American classic.
Dec 26
9:30PM
11:30PM
Roll Top Desk, Part 2

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 brothers' old office, Norm spies a handsome, quartersawn oak roll top desk which inspires him to build his own version of this American classic.
Dec 27
9:30PM
11:30PM
Kitchen Island

Viewers who share his interest in the culinary arts were top of mind when Norm designed his new collection of woodworking projects for the kitchen. The centerpiece of the new collection is a versatile butcher-block kitchen island that's destined to become a family gathering place. Wrapped with beautifully designed flat-paneled cherry doors, it is as attractive as it is functional. Behind the two doors along the length of this piece, are full extension trays, which can hold up to four standard-sized recycling bins. The door at the end of the unit houses three pullout trays, which can accommodate a variety of kitchen items.
Dec 28
9:30PM
11:30PM
Kitchen Pantry

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.
Dec 29
9:30PM
11:30PM

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