Garage Workshop – Part 1 – New Yankee Workshop Norm Abram

The New Yankee Workshop by Norm Abram.
If only I had a workshop like Norm's, I could build anything. Norm puts an end to this common viewer lament when he shows how to turn an average garage bay into a great home workshop. Using common building materials and hardware, he builds all the elements needed to make a workshop functional cabinetry, storage units, and a portable chop station.
The genius of Norm's original design, however is that each element can be put away to make room for the family car when not in use or easily transported to any space a woodworker decides to set up shop. At the conclusion of this ambitious two-part project, Norm gives his list of must-have bench top power tools to ensure that every home craftsman will be able to utilize the workshop to its fullest.
The New Yankee Workshop featured the construction of woodworking projects, including workshop accessories, architectural details and furniture projects ranging from simple pieces to complex, high-quality reproductions of antique classic furniture. In the course of 21 seasons, approximately 235 projects were produced. In addition to furniture and cabinets, the show also focused on outdoor projects such as the building of a gazebo, shed, greenhouse, sailing boat, flag pole, mail box, cupola, and fences.


  1. This is great Norm.
    He is such a class act I always enjoy watching him. He has a lot of great
    ideas and his reminders about safety is always a good thing to remember.
    Like guns, you can never learn enough about safety with all tools, no
    matter what caliber they are !!!
    I wonder when this one was first aired.
    Thank you Norm, for a lifetime of education for the rest of us handymen and

  2. if only i could find such perfectly flat plywood.

  3. I use pocket hinges on my arcades. Nothing better!

  4. Chop saw?? Call it what it is Norm – a miter saw!

  5. LOL, who the hell are you to tell Norm anything. And it is a commonly used
    term for a miter saw.

  6. +okfire65 The better question is, “Who are you to tell me anything?” Miter
    saw is the correct term to use for this tool. You can clearly see that in
    the video unless you have poor vision. He calls it a “chop saw station,”
    but it’s actually a miter saw converted to his personal needs. And yes, I’m
    fully aware there are actual chop saws sold on the market.

  7. I googled “Chop Saw” and the entire page was full of nothing but Miter
    Saws. Pretty sure that means the word is used interchangeably.

  8. Dam near everyone in the construction from framers to electricians calls it
    a chop saw, and seeing as how he is a carpenter…..

  9. hggghhhhhhj

  10. what a waste of timber on the walls you yanks are the worst for using
    timber where other materials could be used ..It don’t grow on trees …..
    oh hang on yes it does .seriously though we have a responsibility for the
    environment, I saw one video where a guy was using birds eye maple as
    chopping blocks.REALLY. so many woodworkers use rare timber for silly
    projects it winds me up

  11. V jason woods kqqy

  12. I love watching Norm Abram work, He makes everything he does look so
    precise and simple, when in reality it can be difficult . I think he would
    make a great teacher.

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