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The New Yankee Workshop Paperback – February 28, 1989
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From Library Journal
This book and the PBS series of the same name are spin-offs of the very popular This Old House TV series. Emphasizing traditional methods of joinery adapted to the use of power tools, this handsome volume covers a dozen furniture projects of classic Shaker and Colonial design. An abundance of high-quality photos and drawings nicely augment the detailed instructions. This seems to be for the more experienced woodworker having access to an especially well-equipped workshop. An introductory chapter, intended to present the basics of tools, joinery techniques, and wood selection, likewise appears far too sketchy for the novice furniture builder. Whatever its audience, public libraries will probably find this in demand.
- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The book starts with setting up shop- Norm doesn't try to tell you what to put in your shop but, goes down his own list of preferences. With his experience, he makes it easy to decide for yourself what you have to have, might just like to have and can do without.
Then it goes on to describe a number of pretty basic and consistently popular projects to make in your shop. For example, a medicine chest, blanket chest- candle stand & a hutch. There's good clear drawings, instructions and photos on how to set up cuts, assembly and there's a section on finishing at the end of the book.
Norm does a great job laying out projects.
Chapter 2 of the book is a Workbench; -- at the point of my writing this review I'm nearly done, and expect to be done in the next day or so. Light weight, but solid version of a traditional bench...
I'm glad I bought this book, I intend to build several more projects from this book.