I was on the New yankee workshop's website's website today and I was looking at the 2002 seasons projects and I noticed the first one was this 'assembly' bench and clamp rack episode then I went and noticed the shop tour section and I noticed that the bench he had made had replaced his good old workbench. I was thinking how can this weak tacky thing made out of ply replace it ?? I havn't seen the new episodes yet. take a look
If you're referring to the bench system his miter saw sits on I've seen the 2 episodes that cover it. It's made from 2x4's and 3/4inch plywood. It's pretty sturdy and adds a lot of storage space for less frequently used tools. I'd like to be able to afford the, I think, 10 sheets of cabinet grade plywood he used.
I watch Norm often but I am more of a fan of Roy Underhill for pure entertainment. I like the historical aspect of his show and it seems as though he really is have a blast there in his shop. As an amateur this is what it is all about for me. If I had to earn a living, there is no doubt that I would be more of a fan of Norms.
Ps. Roy is also the housewright at Colonial Williamsburg and has a Master's Degree in the 'Technologies of Pre-Industrial America' from Duke University. Again, I like the historical information he presents on tools, techiques and materials.
the thing that caught my eye is the setup for his mortiser, I like the way it can go into a "garage" under the bench. I wonder how it mounts on the table, there's a lot of force at work when you're pulling down on it.
Norm has the Delta nmortiser attached to a "plug" of counter top that fits into a socket on the bench, with a lip that protrudes under the back edge of the opening in the counter. It looks very stable, and will be how I set mine up when I rebuild my shop.
I agree completely with your New Wood Worker article. I think Norm has been partly responsible for the current interest in woodworking. The only problem is that he makes everything look so easy and beginners can get in way over their heads. That, of course, is not his fault. His show and This Old House are both excellent sources of ideas. Tom Silva isn't too bad either.