All posts filed under: Norm Abram

Window Seat Bookcase: Making the Shelves

Let’s say that one day I become a woodworking rock star and I am asked to appear on one of the many woodworking podcasts that will no doubt exist (creating a woodworking podcast is very trendy these days). A frequent podcast question posed to ww rock stars is this one: “Who has influenced your work?” To keep you from waiting the many years it will take me to rise to rock star status, I’ll go ahead and tell you how I’d answer this question. First, a very key influence has been my Dad. He often tackled woodworking projects while I grew up. This exposure to woodworking gave me the confidence to take a woodworking class while at the University of Alabama (see a special blog post about my Dad by clicking here). Others include Thomas Moser, Ronald Layport, Peter Kramer, then more recently, Lonnie Bird, Glen Huey and Mike Pekovich. But the woodworker who has influence me the most is Norm Abram. His show, The New Yankee Workshop, debuted prior to widespread use of the internet. …

Note to Self #8

In process. I tend to glue things up in stages. I had a short lived melt down last night. The case glue-up of the TV console project encompasses seven components. Norm Abram would have glued all of these parts together at one time, but I have learned to baby-step a glue-up like this. At the next to the last step, things got a little frustrating… Step #3. In step 1, I glued the bottom shelf to the right side. Step 2 included gluing the lower divider and middle shelf to the right side. With step three, shown in blue, I glue the upper divider and what I call the sub-top to the right side. A problem. As frustration set in, I did not have the clarity of mind to grab my camera and record this problem. But, you can get the gist of the situation with this SketchUp drawing. As I positioned the slightly warped sub-top in place, it didn’t line up with the side (illustration above). While tugging on this board, hoping the warped …