The New Yankee Workshop is shown on the PBS network in the United States. Each week Master Carpenter Norm Abram takes on a different project. Inspiration comes from various sources: museum pieces, viewer requests, and projects Norm finds interesting and useful. Projects range from those suitable for the novice to those challenging enough for a veteran. Projects often contain special challenges that permit Norm to explain various ways to overcome such challenges. For those who wish to tackle the projects themselves, producing public television station WGBH offers measured drawings, with or without tapes (and more recently, DVDs) of the episode.
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.
Recaps20x8: Kitchen Project - The Wet Bar (8 of 9) recap
: Before starting construction, Norm revisits the site of the new kitchen. There he highlights a few of the challenges: the walls aren't perfectly square (flaring out 1/4” on one side and 1/8” on the other). That won't be a problem: there will be a base cabinet with a pair of doors and a pair of drawers, and an opening for a wine cooler. Norm will cut the stile on that side to compensate for the out of square wall... read more.20x7: Kitchen Project - The Island (7 of 9) recap
: Norm opens the episode having already constructed the carcass of the island, using techniques he has discussed in earlier episodes of this arc. It is made of 3/4” pre-finished plywood, with rabbits and dadoes where the parts join. Screws and especially glue secure the parts together. He notes a big advantage of a custom built kitchen: this cabinet is a single piece, instead of three distinct cabinets, which lends it strength and permits it to meet the specific needs of the homeowner... read more.20x6: Kitchen Project - The Kitchen Office (6 of 9) recap
: Any office starts with a desk, Norm explains, and his system starts with a base cabinet that will eventually contain drawers. The desktop, which he'll construct from long leaf pine, will rest atop it. That assembly will fit between a pair of wing walls. A shallow pencil drawer hangs from the top above the chair well. Three drawers in the cabinet will include a large file drawer (at the bottom) and two narrower drawers above it... read more.20x5: Kitchen Project - The Pantry (5 of 9) recap
: For two centuries American homes have featured a pantry, a place to store jars and boxes of ingredients and foods – often home canned vegetables and home cooked preserves. Sometime around the middle of the twentieth century, as processed and canned foods penetrated the market and folks canned and preserved less, the pantry fell out of favor and many houses built then do not have them. But the pantry has found favor again, perhaps because the appearance of warehouse shopping encourages bulk buying, or perhaps simply because the concept is a good one... read more.20x3: Kitchen Project - The Hot Wall (3 of 9) recap
: Norm takes some measurements, as the kitchen he has selected for renovation will soon be gone – demolished. He starts with the hot wall. It features a 26” oven, but most folks now want 30” ovens, so he’ll widen that cabinet. Below it near the floor is a solid panel – a waste, since by raising the oven just a bit, Norm can fit a deep storage drawer in that spot. Above the oven he finds cookie tray storage, which he’ll keep. It will be a little higher because of the higher over, but that shouldn’t be a problem. On top of the cabinet is some high, open storage – a dust collector. Norm will replace that with a shelf about the cookie tray storage, but inside the cabinet... read more.