This past week I watched a WW show on the DIY channel, hosted by Bruce
Johnson. I could hardly believe what I was hearing when he referred to
a DeWalt sliding CMS as a RAS. Where do they get these guys?
I've heard that one from him before. There have been threads in the
past about just this guy. He seems to be an actor instead of a real
woodworker like norm, david, or roy. If you watch his show enough
you'll see silly things like him cutting a dado 1" wide by making two
passes, then putting 3/4" plywood in it for a shelf. It's obviously
way too sloppy. Then when you come back from a comercial, it fits
perfectly. My favorite one was when he built a rocking chair... from a
kit. all the parts came pre-turned and sanded. All he did was glue it
Or how about the mulberry tree they examined that looked suspiciously
like a eucalyptus tree?
The technical screwups on CSI Los Vegas are legion.
In a recent episode of _Crossing Jordan_, set in Boston, the
detective told the coroner he was going to Los Vegas to track
down a suspect. The coroner said she was going with him.
"Why?" he asked, "you hate Vegas." She replied, "If I have to
rely on Los Vegas CSI, we'll never catch her."
<<As I write this, it seems vaguely familiar. What does "doctor, heal
You really crack me up. I laughed my ass off after reading your post.
Thanks for the lift.
I don't see that as a bad subject for a TV show. For most of the
audience that's more chair building than they're otherwise going to
attempt. If it encourages even a handful to get a kit and actually make
something, that has to be a good thing.
Cats have nine lives, which is why they rarely post to Usenet.
I agree, if its informative it might spark someones interest.
The reality woodworkers are probably a much smaller market then those
that they are aimed at. After all what kind of a target audience is
a group of people that would pay more for their materials and spend
all there spare time building something that they could have bought at
IKEA for less money.
On Tue, 18 Oct 2005 22:12:42 +0100, Andy Dingley
Probably better than 90% of the woodworkers here. Most of us build for the
satisfaction of creativity and accomplishment. There's little bragging
rights in showing off a purchase from Ikea, certainly not any sense of
Lol -I actually met him one time.
The wife and I were out to dinner and he sat right next to us.
I talked w/ him a bit later that evening when we were both leaving - nice
What worse is that other boze on tools and techniques (the one that hosted
last season - not the new guy)
He actually did a bowl on a tablesaw by taking a square peice of stock and
turning by hand over the blade while raising the blade.
I was like you have got to be kidding me - the ER is going to get a workout
after this show.
Im guessing he finally killed himself in some horrific shop accident so they
had to replace him.
Or the idiot on the "Ultimate Workshop that showed how to cut a dado with a
dado blade on a TS and with the standard Guard in place. When he discovered
that the 1x4 that he was cross cutting the dado into would not go past the
guard he backed the wood back through the blades with the saw still running.
Hell, I've seen Norm do worse. When he was building the four poster bed, he
free handed the four arced canopy sections through the table saw while
keeping the tail section of it raised about a foot off the table saw. I've
never seen a worse example of kickback in the making.
I've been converting all my VHS tapes of NYW to DVD since
I got my new DVD recorder at Costco a couple months ago.
I'm just now up to Norm's Highboy epsiodes (took 2).
This guy made 2 highboys out of tiger-maple - one for
a prototype and one for 'taping'. I would guess that both
were done in the span on a week or so (actual woodworking).
AFAIK, he does it all himself (help with setups etc.)
Use common sense in the shop with power tools.
We all do stupid stuff at times - mainly because we are
too dumb, too tired or short on time. I would guess that
for Norm, it's the latter.
Hell, he still has all his digits!
Someday I hope to be good enough to be cynical of
Norm Abram (ain't likely.)
Is that the same guy that couldn't figure out what to call a stacked
dado set? I can't remember what he called it, something like a "wide
saw blade thing". I'll have to start tivoing (is that a word now?)
that show again just for entertainment value.
I should start my own woodworking show.
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