New Yankee Workshop Episode 1910

In this episode, building a Taunton Chest, Norm used the following tools:

Items in bold represent the first appearance of that particular tool.

42 chronicled items according to my spreadsheet—highest number yet, I believe.

The assembly square, combination square, and framing square were all in evidence, but were not actually shown in use.

I first viewed this program on 18 March 2007, and at that time the Porter-Cable website stated that the Omnijig Fastening System wasn’t even going to be available until May, 2007. It was also not on Amazon yet.

Norm continued the concept (introduced in Episode 1907—the Painted Cupboard) of a employing a floating tenon when building dust frames used in pieces with solid side panels. Such a practice prevents cross grain stresses with changes in humidity.

In an interesting twist, the original piece on which this project was designed, was a blanket chest with a single lower drawer, as was the prototype which Norm built. For the project aired, however, Norm built it as a three drawer chest, instead. I don’t recall him repurposing a design so much from the original, and certainly not from prototype to final project.

Decorative painting by Natalie Gardner, who also did the Dower Chest (Episode 1606) and the Pier Table (Episode 1610).

The safety speech included video of an operation on the router table (wide board).

Field trip was to Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.

Project filmed 19, 21 September 2006.

This episode was processed based on the full length original broadcast by PBS.


Last updated: 19 November 2013