I watch just about every week, and am slowly (56k dialup) downloading some
of his episodes, I don't like the fact that he uses brads all the time, but
he is on a time crunch, he trends to over complicate things as well.
I really like when he show how to build and use jigs, looking at one in a
book and seeing how to use it.
if corn oil comes from corn,
What time crunch is he under? You really don't believe he completes his
project in 27 minutes, do you? They could certainly allow the glue to
dry the proper amount of time without the brad nailer - he often sets
tabletop glue-ups on the floor leaning against his drill press until
"tomorrow morning" - so brad-less gluing and editing the video ought to
work just fine for other aspects of assembly as well.
Download Limewire search for Woodworking and woodworking, two different
searches, and you should get something, searches do take a while, and there
are lots of other wood working stuff as well
John Grossbohlin wrote:
if corn oil comes from corn,
Over the years, I have developed a love/hate relationship with Minwax products.
Some of their stains I liked using, their standard poly is so-so..but I think
their latex clear is every bit as nice as Benjamin Moore's..which is pretty darn
I would think that as Minwax is a NYWS sponsor, they'd pay a lot more attention
to the finishing aspect. After all, it is THE single deciding step whether you
end up looking good or sucking big time.
Maybe they are selling to the general public concentrating on How Fast This Shit
There are no amateurs running Norm's show..there has to be a reason why they
treat the finishing the way they do.
I like the Minwax finishing wax. It is a great screw lube. I started off
using the "good stuff" in the beginning and on occasion used what the
customer brought me from a hardware store or the Borg. Typically it was a
Minwax stain and typically every other piece had spots that would not accept
the stain. Oddly my own stain would cover the spot. I learned to use my
stain in these spots after sanding and scraping the spot did not help the
One would think that but that guy on WoodWorking that makes Norm look like
the Rembrandt of furniture builders by comparison, uses a lot of Miniwax
products. He is the one that does not know that a SCMS is not a RAS and, I
swear, must use 60 grit sand paper against the grain as his final touch
before applying stain. I saw Norm visit him at the Minwax facility while
they talked about stains. That is probably the whole problem.
Well I think they are looking for volume and realize that for the most part
they don't have many pro's using their product as a first choice. If you
have never heard of the good brands and only stained a project or 2 in your
life time how are you going to know there are better products or where to
get them when a Borg is close by.
Well there are many many people out there that like that look. Furniture
stores are loaded up with the stuff with similar finishes. I have built
beautiful pieces for customers and they loved the finish and then turn
around and show me their favorite "this or that" and I would believe you if
you told me that the surface was Formica. Typically you see no grain and
most of the time I don't know if it is wood or painted MDF. LOL
But Norm probably has sponsors. You can't be showing finishing wood
with anything too simple lets the folks dont line up to buy the fancy
stuff. It could just be Norm's tongue in cheek way of protesting.
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
I too like watching Norm, I just don't care for the stains & finishes that
he uses. I've always like the many different approaches he uses from one
project to another (with the exception of that brad nailer that's' ever so
prevalent). Norm has opened my eyes to different ways of approaching a
design and build. His projects are on a level of practicality where as many
of David Marks projects belong in a home I've never lived in or even walked
Yes and no.
He generally does quite a good job on the projects but as some folks
have noted his finishes leave a bit to be desired. I will note that he
bills himself as a "master carpenter", not a "master cabinetmaker" and I
have no argument with that title.
There are certainly people out there that can run rings around him in
the furniture / cabinetry world, however they don't have TV shows
probably due in large part to their projects taking months to complete
rather than the perhaps one week of Norm's typical projects.
Additionally Norm's projects and his techniques are generally within
reach of the capabilities of a committed weekend woodworker.
Just my $0.10
If you look at the bottom of his "New Yankee Workshop Web Cam" page
(http://www.newyankee.com/yankeecam.php ), he has a list of this season's
projects that shows the shooting dates. Apart from the Router Workshop
and a Storage Shed (3 days each), all of the projects were shot in two
They've put up a slideshow for each day of shooting (nearly 600
pictures/day!) -- among other things, it shows how much downtime they
have during the shooting. There are a *lot* of shots of Norm & what must
be the producer just standing around the set.
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