New Yankee Workshop Episode 2118

In this episode (originally aired in 1998), building an old pine bar, Norm used the following tools:

Norm used a plain board clamped to the Unifence as a sacrificial fence.

I noticed the oddest thing when reviewing this episode—Norm did the pocket screw holes 90° out of phase from how they're usually done. Normally (ahem), one cuts the slots in the rail, which has two major benefits—the angled slot is hidden regardless of the width of the stock, and the screw drives into the long grain of the stile for maximum holding power. Norm cut them in the stile, which was narrow enough to leave a bit of a scallop at the end of the cut (although the face frame was actually set inside the side pieces, so they still wouldn't be seen). Worse, that way the screw drives into the end grain of the rail, providing a very weak purchase by the screw thread. I wonder what he was thinking—he's long been familiar with pocket screw construction (and even alluded to that fact in the episode).

The safety speech included video of a crosscut operation on the radial arm saw.

Field trip was to a private residence (almost certainly Morash's).

Norm made a couple of references to an “Irish carpenter” as the possible origin of the original piece. One was in the original episode of which this episode is a reprise—the other was in the introduction filmed in 2008 for this version. I belive those references obliquely refer to the proprieter of Celtic Pine, the field trip location for The Irish Table (Episode 9801), which apparently no longer exists.

New material for this project filmed on 16 July 2008.

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


Last updated: 14 May 2009