As a child, I always enjoyed tooling around in our garage. I built a
few 2x4 and plywood tables and other projects. When I left home around
age 20, I was off in apartments for a number of years. Over the last
couple of years I have watched NYW, Norm, and TOH on PBS. It rekindled
my interest in woodworking, and I vowed to create a shop and build
projects once I had the space.
Well, I have a decent shop now. A TS, a jointer, a compound miter saw,
and some hand power tools.
Norm is the guy who got me interested in woodworking. He has inspired
me to take up this great hobby. Maybe it is my ignorance, but I have
always been impressed by what I see him produce. I am not so stupid as
to not realize that he makes mistakes, and for the sake of TV time,
the mistakes aren't shown. I realize that it would not be as easy as
Norm made it look.
I've been lurking here on this NG on and off. I've come for tool
reveiws, solutions to problems, etc. And I noticed here and there a
war that has gone on for a very long time on this NG - to Norm or not
What, specifically, is so bad about Norm? If he has been my main
source of learning and inspiration, will I be damned to a future of
poor quality projects?
I see that a lot of the fighting comes from the "purist" hand toolers
vs. the Norm power toolers. Some people seem to be offended just by
the fact that he uses power tools. It is interesting to note that in
Norm's first book, he mentions how he grew up using hand tools, and
mentions the skills that his dad taught him. He says NYW is a
departure for him from those teachings, and a chance to use power
tools to build traditional furniture.
So, two questions from a ww newbie:
How am I being harmed in my quest to make nice projects if I follow
Norm's techniques? What are specific things he does that are "bad" and
what are the "better" ways of doing them?
Thanks for your comments.