Picks and Pans Review: The New Yankee Workshop

updated 02/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Saturdays, 2 P.M. ET)


Master carpenter Norm Abram, the co-star of my secret favorite show, This Old House, now has a series of his own. Good of Norm shows us how to make bookcases, tables, chests, hutches and more. When PBS announced that Norm would be making this series, I got excited. I thought that with Norm's advice, I could furnish my whole house with the products of my two hands. I felt very male. But then I got depressed when I saw Norm using a table saw, a band saw, a router and all sorts of high-powered, high-priced tools. I discovered that real men own routers. But I don't. All I have is a variable-speed drill, which I thought was a pretty big deal. That's okay, though. I don't watch This Old House and then go out and build houses. So I can watch charmingly stiff Norm show me how to make furniture and I can still go to a store and buy it. And I'll learn lots of neat things anyway—like what a router is. (But I do hope that Norm shows us at least one thing we can build with just a saw and a drill—a paperweight, perhaps.)

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