I don't like the idea of dumbing it down too much either. There's plenty of
shows that do that already ~ shows that with a budget of .69 cents and some
decorative flair, anyone can drastically improve their home.
But, I do watch for two things. The first is the new idea, technique or tool
that I haven't seen before. And the second reason I watch is to get an idea
for building something. I'm certainly not the greatest woodworker out there,
but if I see some project I like, I'm advanced enough that I can usually run
with it and build my own modified version.
They are definately not woodworking for dummies shows but I get a lot
of good ideas from them. Most of us know it is going to take all day
to do one step in his .project that it takes 5 minutes to do on TV.
That is just just the reality of DIY hobby woodworking. Hell it took
me 4 months to build my wife a cedar chest. Now my daughter wants one
and expects me to have it built over a weekend. Now thats the problem
with those shows. I t gives unrealistic ideas to those who want you to
use your woodworking skills for them.
Its a Show, you are to only get ideas from it, or do you think they
should spend alot of their time scraping paint, taping, cutting etc,
then it would be boring and off tv. I bet they make a very good
living, and thats why they do it.
You kid, but.... My late brother, a master carpenter, DID put a 16 box
through the last 3 fingers of his hammer hand w/ a nail gun.
Amazingly, missed all bones. He was hand hammer framing within a week.
I chose that bit because a guy I worked with did roofing on the side and
actually did it. Firemen brought him off the roof with a strap around his
thigh and lower leg to keep it from unbending it and moving. It was
A 1-1/4 is a lot different than a 16 but then again, I never heard anyone
actually make a choice between the two.
That's my bitch. Let's make a box. Here, we have my new nuclear
powered, laser guided, atomic clock timed, whiz bang hand saw........
The last episode of This Old House I watched, in disgust, a huge crane
and crew of 10 lowered pre-stressed concrete walls into the basement
of the rustic cabin, which they had apparently completely dismantled
and stored away in a climate controlled warehouse, somewheres. And
Yankee Workshop. "Today we will show you how to construct and use
this pre-Columbian horse drawn hand plane........"
That was the old PBS stuff. Today's DIY is much better. I tuned in
for the much needed "deck" episode. "Here's the old deck. Sucks,
doesn't it. Here's our crew of twenty. Look at'em go! Done. Tune
in next week" WTF!
I get more info here, in a day, than I got from years of watching
those useless shows.
What I've been looking for, and have only been teased, is a dead
simple, dirt cheap, outdoor woodfired bread/pizza oven. Apparently
the Ancients could build millions of them for centuries using only
dirt, water, spit and elbow grease, but for some reason, now it's
utterly impossible with anything short of $1500 worth of brick and
mortar and another $129 for plans. Not sure if I need the whiz bang
Have you seen this one?
Excellent. Not as detailed as I could wish, but enough to give me
solid ideas in right direction. Thank you.
Funny you should find it in MEN. I read that magazine for years after
its first issue. Musta given away a few hundred copies. Glad that
stuff is online.
I haven't built one but I plan to. I think the key to success is
making sure you have enough sand in the mix to control shrinkage.
Otherwise when it dries it will crack and it will fall apart possibly
into what you are cooking.
What do you expect? It's Berkeley, where the odds of using any tool
for its intended purpose (as opposed for deviant sexual practices
between consenting gophers) is next to nothing. They are good at
"building" Molotovs and joints there, I have to admit ...
Tim Daneliuk firstname.lastname@example.org
LOL, those were my thoughts exactly. Someone from Berzerkely finding
something to whine about, yeah, why am I not all that surprised?
Jon (who also enjoys watching NASA launch rockets into space, and doesn't
feel that incompetence should be encouraged to make idiots feel better about
Well, in fairness, Berzerkely did give us BSD Unix ... sort of ...
with the help of the best and brightest from the then Bell Labs crowd.
This ultimately gave us TCP/IP and the internet. The irony is that
this was funded by ARPA - the research arm of the Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil
government military technocrats. I wonder how many of the smelly
hippies stumbling against the cause of the day realized that their CS
department was building a technology infrastructure designed to be
survivable (by the military) in the face of nuclear exchange.
As to Norm - I rather like his show. I am smart enough to realize that
you do not build an armoire' in 22 minutes plus commercials, even with
every tool Porter Cable makes. I also don't much care for his
aesthetic sensibility. BUT ... it's nice to watch a master craftsman
doing his job. It's an good insight into how grown up WWing is done
for us relative rookies.
Tim Daneliuk email@example.com
There were certainly quite a few brilliant minds to came from that area at
the time, that is certain. Pioneering minds, embodying the spirit of the
West, as it were.
The thing I got from watching Norm was the intricacies of his jigs. While
the 30 seconds he showed using the jigs didn't illustrate the time spent in
creating and aligning the jigs, it still sparked the concept in my brain
that the prepwork was really the fundamental reason for success in making
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