The New Yankee Workshop

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.

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Norm AbramNorm Abram
As Himself
Russell MorashRussell Morash
As Narrator (voice over)

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20x8: 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.

recap: Norm's dream kitchen project continues with the wet wall where the sink, dishwasher and related storage reside. Norm returns to the kitchen to confirm his measurements. There is a window in the wet wall that will not move, so Norm knows he must keep the sink centered on it. A single cabinet from the corner to the dishwasher incorporates the sink base and a bank of drawers. A second cabinet fits on the other side of the dishwasher, between it and the refrigerator. It will contain two banks of drawers in a single unit. Above and to the right of the sink (as one faces it), Norm will build a wall cabinet with glass door panels, but he wants to raise it so there is more clearance between the counter top and the cabinet. Right now, that height is 14” which traps some of the more modern, larger appliances (like a food processor crammed in the space where Norm measures). He'll raise that cabinet so the difference is 18”, the modern standard. To the left of the sink, Norm will create a replacement for the cabinet already there, allowing space for the ductwork that carries exhaust from the range hood outside. Standard cabinets are 24” deep, which leaves little room behind the sink. Norm plans to build his cabinets 2” deeper, to provide extra room... read more.

Executive Producer: Russell Morash
Editor: Bill Howe
Cinematographer: Steve D'Onofrio

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