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The New Yankee Workshop

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The New Yankee Workshop
The New Yankee Workshop.JPG
Created by Russell Morash
Presented by Norm Abram
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 21
No. of episodes 284
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Morash Associates
Original network PBS
Original release January 7, 1989 – October 16, 2009

The New Yankee Workshop is an American half-hour woodworking television series produced by WGBH Boston, which aired on PBS. Created in 1989 by Russell Morash, the program was hosted by Norm Abram, a regular fixture on Morash's television series This Old House.


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. He also goes to different places that are related to woodworking.

Theme song

The New Yankee Workshop theme song consists of a fast-paced guitar tune with a harmonica sound.

Set design

The shop where the show was produced is owned by Morash and is located on his property even though the viewer was given the impression that it was in Abram's backyard.

The shop is 936 square feet (87.0 m2) in size.[1] The famous sliding barn door faces west. Along the west wall is the "back bench" and drill press. Along the south wall is the miter bench and storage unit, radial arm saw, and (not seen in episodes) a computer, a TV, and a small office area. The east wall of the shop has a staircase leading to a loft area, jig storage, horizontal edge sander, and dust collector. The north wall houses sheet goods, router table, bar clamps, Timesaver wide belt sander, planer, jointer, band saw, and various mobile tools. The center area of the shop consists of the table saw and associated outfeed tables as well as a large assembly table. In the northeast section of the building is a separate finishing room.


On October 16, 2009, WGBH Boston announced that no further episodes of New Yankee Workshop would be produced.[2] In remarking on the end of the show, Abram stated, "We've had a great run, built challenging projects, met wonderful woodworkers and received loyal support from millions of viewers." Abram later claimed that the entire duration of the show was fully funded through underwriting and could have kept going, but he decided he had accomplished everything he wanted to do and wanted to spend more time with his family.[3] Episodes continue to be available on The New Yankee Workshop website.

Award nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show, Russell Morash (1997, 1998, 2000)
  • Daytime Emmy Award for Single Camera Editing, Gary Stephenson (1999)

Pop culture reference

The show was referenced in the second-season episode "Clueless" of House. The title character, Dr. Gregory House is asked why he has a season pass for The New Yankee Workshop on his TiVo, and responds that "[i]t's a complete moron working with power tools. How much more suspenseful can you get?"[4]


Over the course of its 21 seasons, at least 235 projects were built on New Yankee Workshop.

Season 1 (1989)

  • The closing credits for the first eight seasons of The New Yankee Workshop consisted of an exterior shot of the workshop with a sign in it, as we see Norm Abram closing the workshop door, and gets ready to go home and have dinner with his family.
  • On early episodes of this season, with the workshop door already opened, the dog is seen running away while Norm puts his tools away. For the rest of the entire season, after Norm puts his tools away, he moves the table, and the corner cupboard out of the way, and closes the workshop door.
# Title Original Air Date Project Page
101"Medicine Cabinet"January 7, 1989[1]
102"Workbench"January 14, 1989[2]
103"Drop Leaf Table"January 21, 1989[3]
104"Blanket Chest"January 28, 1989[4]
105"Bedside Table"February 4, 1989[5]
106"Oak Bathroom Vanity"February 11, 1989[6]
107"Trestle Table"February 18, 1989[7]
108"Bookcase"February 25, 1989[8]
109"Chest of Drawers"March 4, 1989[9]
110"Candle Stand"March 11, 1989[10]
111"Hutch"March 18, 1989[11]
112"Slant Top Writing Desk"March 25, 1989[12]
113"Corner Cupboard"April 1, 1989[13]

Season 2 (1990)

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
201"Rocking Horse"January 6, 1990[14]
202"Adirondack Chair"January 13, 1990No Project Page.
203"Butler's Table"January 20, 1990[15]
204"Kitchen Dresser"January 27, 1990[16]
205"Hearthside Settle"February 3, 1990[17]
206"Pencil-Post Bed"February 10, 1990[18]
207"Chair Table"February 17, 1990[19]
208"Kitchen Worktable"February 24, 1990[20]
209"Mission Style Sofa"March 3, 1990[21]
210"Chippendale Mirror"March 10, 1990[22]
211"Chest on Chest"March 17, 1990[23]
212"English Garden Bench"March 24, 1990[24]
213"Armoire (Entertainment Center)"March 31, 1990[25]

Season 3 (1991)

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
301"Shaker Step Stools"January 5, 1991[26]
302"Picnic Table and Saw Horses"January 12, 1991[27]
303"Shaker Two Drawer Blanket Chest"January 19, 1991[28]
304"Shaker Washstand"January 26, 1991[29]
305"Shaker Wall Clock"February 2, 1991[30]
306"Sandbox"February 9, 1991[31]
307"Harvest Table"February 16, 1991[32]
308"Shaker Woodbox"February 23, 1991[33]
309"Library Table"March 2, 1991[34]
310"Garden Swing"March 9, 1991[35]
311"Cricket Table"March 16, 1991[36]
312"Pie Safe with Punched Tin Front"March 23, 1991[37]
313"Standing Mirror"March 30, 1991[38]

Season 4 (1992)

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
401"Rolling Shop Cabinet"January 4, 1992[39]
402"Outdoor Lidded Bench"January 11, 1992[40]
403"Child's Wagon"January 18, 1992[41]
404"Coffee Table"January 25, 1992[42]
405"Gardener's Work Bench"February 1, 1992[43]
406"Shaker Tall Chest"February 8, 1992[44]
407"Colonial Fences"February 15, 1992[45]
408"Console Table"February 22, 1992[46]
409"Wheel Barrow"February 29, 1992[47]
410"Umbrella Stand"March 7, 1992[48]
411"Turned Post Bed"March 14, 1992[49]
412"Dove Cote"March 21, 1992[50]
413"Ladderback Chair"March 28, 1992[51]

Season 5 (1993)

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
501"Victorian Kitchen Table"January 2, 1993[52]
502"Plant Stand"January 9, 1993[53]
503"Delft Rack"January 16, 1993[54]
504"Oak Coffee Table"January 23, 1993[55]
505"Outdoor Planters"January 30, 1993[56]
506"Pantry Table"February 6, 1993[57]
507"Sideboard"February 13, 1993[58]
508"Hanging Corner Cupboard"February 20, 1993[59]
509"Pine Cupboard"February 27, 1993[60]
510"Butcher Block"March 6, 1993[61]
511"Redwood Arbor"March 13, 1993[62]
512"Secretary Desk"March 20, 1993[63]
513"Tall Pine Clock"March 27, 1993[64]

Season 6 (1994)

This was the last season to use the News Plantin credits font, which had been used since Season 1.

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
601"Easel"January 1, 1994[65]
602"Doll House"January 8, 1994[66]
603"Toy Chest"January 15, 1994[67]
604"Cradle"January 22, 1994[68]
605"Trundle Bed"January 29, 1994[69]
606"Marble Roll"February 5, 1994[70]
607"Storage Units: Bureau/Cupboard and Bookcase"February 12, 1994[71]
608"Student's Desk"February 19, 1994[72]
609"Rocking Chair"February 26, 1994[73]
610"Alphabet Wagon"February 5, 1994[No Project Page.]
611"High Chair"March 12, 1994[74]
612"Playhouse Part 1"March 19, 1994[75]
613"Playhouse Part 2"March 26, 1994[76]

Season 7 (1995)

Starting this season, the end credits are shown in a Copperplate font.

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
701"X-Brace Trestle Table"January 7, 1995[77]
702"Pergola"January 14, 1995[78]
703"TV Tray Table"January 21, 1995[79]
704"Outdoor Garden Table"January 28, 1995[80]
705"Cherry Bathroom Vanity"February 4, 1995[81]
706"Lutyens Bench"February 11, 1995[82]
707"Picture Frames"February 18, 1995[83]
708"Sailboat Part 1"February 26, 1995[84]
709"Sailboat Part 2"March 4, 1995[85]
710"Gazebo Part 1"March 11, 1995[86]
711"Gazebo Part 2"March 18, 1995[87]
712"Quilt Racks"March 25, 1995[88]
713"Chimney Cupboard"April 1, 1995[89]

Season 8 (1996)

Beginning this season, Norm Abram is added to the end credits.

# Title Original Air Date Project Page
801"Bedside Cupboard"January 6, 1996
802"Chestnut Coffee Table"January 13, 1996
803"Paymaster's Desk"January 20, 1996
804"Long Table"January 27, 1996
805"Double Dresser"February 3, 1996
806"Chestnut Desk"February 10, 1996
807"Irish Hutch"February 17, 1996
808"Wine Storage Unit"February 24, 1996
809"Three Turned Table Lamps"March 2, 1996
810"Garden Shed and Recycling Center (Part 1)"March 9, 1996
811"Garden Shed and Recycling Center (Part 2)"March 16, 1996
812"Nest of Drawers"March 23, 1996
813"Router Table"March 30, 1996TBA

Season 9 (1997)

# Title Notes Project Page
901"Planter's Desk"January 4, 1997
902"Turkey Table"January 11, 1997
903"Nantucket Settle"January 18, 1997
904"Tiger Maple Washstand"January 25, 1997
905"Dough Box"February 1, 1997
906"Garden Gate"February 8, 1997
907"Serving Trays"February 15, 1997
908"Carousel Table"February 22, 1997
909"Seven Drawer Chest"March 1, 1997
910"Hat Rack"March 8, 1997
911/912"Greenhouse"March 15–22, 1997
913"Fireplace Mantle"March 29, 1997

Season 10 (1998)

Season 10 introduced a new episode numbering system. Previous seasons had been numbered in three digit format using the season number (1-9) as the first digit, and the episode number making up the last two digits. So, for example, the third episode of the 4th season would be episode number 403. Starting with this season, episode numbers consisted of four digits with the first two digits representing the last two digits of the year in which the season first aired and the last two digits representing the episode number within that season. So, the fourth episode of the 10th season, having first aired in 1998, would be episode number 9804.

# Title Notes Project Page
9801"Irish Table"January 3, 1998
9802"Linen Press"January 10, 1998
9803"Walnut Table"January 17, 1998
9804"Library Ladder"January 24, 1998
9805"Old Pine Bar"January 31, 1998
9806"Morris Chair"February 7, 1998
9807"Cupola"February 14, 1998
9808"Mesquite Bookcase"February 21, 1998
9809"Chop Saw Station"February 28, 1998
9810"Whirligig"March 7, 1998
9811"Chaise Lounge"March 14, 1998
9812/9813"Roll Top Desk"March 21, 1998 and 28

Season 11 (1999)

# Title Notes Project Page
9901"Kitchen Island"January 2, 1999
9902"Kitchen Pantry"January 9, 1999
9903"Kitchen Secretary"January 16, 1999
9904"Old Pine Hutch"January 23, 1999
9905"Teak Bar"January 30, 1999
9906"Laundry Center"February 6, 1999[90]
9907"Bake Center"February 13, 1999[91]
9908"Table Saw Station"February 20, 1999
9909"Classic Kitchen Cabinets"February 27, 1999
9910"Sink Base"March 6, 1999
9911"Press Cupboard"March 13, 1999
9912"Chef's Table"March 20, 1999
9913"Grill Cart"March 27, 1999

Season 12 (2000)

# Title Notes Project Page
0001/0002"Garage Workshop"January 1 & 8, 2000
0003"Planter Boxes and Bench"January 15, 2000
0004"Croquet Set and Bench"January 22, 2000
0005"Hanging Porch Swing"January 29, 2000
0006"Computer Desk"February 5, 2000
0007"Patio Trolley"February 12, 2000
0008"Desk Top Writing Case"February 19, 2000
0009"Outdoor Patio Table"February 26, 2000
0010"English Server"March 4, 2000
0011"Sharpening Station"March 11, 2000
0012"Jewelry Case"March 18, 2000
0013"Breakfront Cabinet"March 25, 2000

Season 13 (2001)

# Title Notes Project Page
0101/0102"Jigs"January 6, 2001 and 13
0103"Hall Seat"January 20, 2001
0104"CD Storage Case"January 27, 2001
0105"Garden Armchair"February 3, 2001
0106"Workshop Hutch"February 10, 2001
0107"Outdoor Cupboard"February 17, 2001
0108/0109"Dressing Table"February 24, 2001-March 3, 2001
0110"Mailbox"March 10, 2001
0111"Bath Cupboard"March 17, 2001
0112"Monastery Table"March 24, 2001
0113"Barrister Bookcase"March 31, 2001

Season 14 (2002)

# Title Notes Project Page
0201/0202"Miter Bench and Storage"January 5, 2002 and 12
0203"Steamer Trunk"January 19, 2002
0204"Adirondack Loveseat"January 26, 2002
0205"Canopy Bed"February 2, 2002
0206"Shaving Stand"February 9, 2002
0207"Work Table and Clamp Cart"February 16, 2002
0208"Pedestal Table"February 23, 2002
0209"Four Drawer Chest"March 2, 2002
0210"Wooden Bowls"March 9, 2002
0211"Nightstand"March 16, 2002
0212"Deck Chair"March 23, 2002
0213"Stepback Cupboard"March 30, 2002

Season 15 (2003)

# Title Notes Project Page
0301"Deluxe Router Station"A new revision of the router station Abram built in a previous episode.
0302"Sheep Shearing Coffee Table"TBA
0303"Queen Anne Table"TBA
0304"Cigar Chair"TBA
0305"Cigar Chair Part 2"TBATBA
0306"Beveled Glass Cupboard"TBA
0307"Media Press"TBA
0308"Media Press (Part 2)"TBA
0310"Regency Headboard"TBA
0311"Painted Corner Hutch"TBA
0312"French Side Table"TBA
0313"Wall Mounted Tool Chest"TBA

Season 16 (2004)

# Title Notes Project Page
0401"The Butterfly Table"TBA
0402"The Folding Screen"TBA
0403"The Flower Stand"TBA
0404"The Shaker Bookcase"TBA
0405"The Tall Case Oak Clock"TBA
0406"The Dower Chest"TBA
0407/0408"The Windsor Chair"TBA
0409"The Lowboy"TBA
0410"The Pier Table"TBA
0411"The Dining Table"TBA
0412"The Mission Style Desk"TBA
0413"The Gardener's Dry Sink"TBA

Season 17 (2005)

# Title Notes Project Page
0501"Hall Mirror"TBA
0502"Bermuda Bench/Table"TBA
0504"Bermuda Chest"TBA
0505"Federal-Style Game Table"TBA
0506"Lathe 101"First in a series of tool-specific episodes that provide
instruction and techniques for using a particular shop tool.
0507"Side Chair"TBA
0508"Tilt Top Table"TBA
0511"Kitchen Island"TBA
0512"Carved Wooden Signs"TBA
0513"The Library System"TBA

Season 18 (2006)

# Title Notes Project Page
0601"Colonial Style Mantel"TBA
0602"Plantation Shutters"TBA
0603"Workshop Helpers"TBA
0604"Poker Table"TBA
0605"New Yankee Shop Clock"TBA
0606/0607"Router 101"Continuation of a series of tool-specific episodes that provide
instruction and techniques for using a particular shop tool.
0608"Corner Table"TBA
0609"Greek Revival Bookcase"TBA
0610"Storage Shed"TBA
0611"Wall Hung Console"TBA
0612"Corner Chair"TBA
0613"Wall Paneling"TBA

Season 19 (2007)

# Title Notes Project Page
0701"Giltwood Mirror"TBA
0702"Entrance Door"TBA
0703"Old Pine Dry Sink"TBA
0704"Martha's Candlestand"TBA
0705"Dominy Clock"TBA
0706"Cowboy Sideboard"TBA
0707"Painted Cupboard"TBA
0708/0709"Table Saw 101"Continuation of a series of tool-specific episodes that provide
instruction and techniques for using a particular shop tool.
0710"Taunton Chest"TBA
0711"Bowfront Chest"TBA
0712"Nest of Tables"TBA
0713"Window Bench"TBA

Season 20 (2008)

Season 20 varied slightly in format from previous seasons in that the first nine episodes were devoted to a single, larger project. This project involved a kitchen remodeling and focused on cabinet construction. The kitchen being remodeled belongs to Morash. Season 20 also represented the last season in which original projects were constructed for the show.

# Title Notes Project Page
0801/0802"Kitchen Cabinet Basics"TBA
0803"The Hot Wall"TBA
0804"The Wet Wall"TBA
0805"The Pantry"TBA
0806"The Kitchen Office"TBA
0807"The Island"TBA
0808"The Wet Bar"TBA
0809"Finish and Install"TBA
0810"Adirondack Trio"TBA[92]
0811"All-Weather Loveseat"TBA
0812"Lolling Chair"TBA
0813"Tap Table"Last original project built.

Season 21 (2009)

Season 21 stood out from other seasons in that it had approximately twice the number of episodes of any previous season. The season also varied from previous seasons in that no new projects were built. Instead each episode rebroadcast a project built in a previous season. All of the rebroadcast episodes were from either the ninth or tenth season. Each "new" episode consisted of the original episode prefaced by a newly recorded introduction by Abram.

# Title Notes
0901"Planter's Desk"Original episode #901.
0902"Turkey Table"Original episode #902.
0903"Nantucket Settle"Original episode #903.
0904"Tiger Maple Washstand"Original episode #904.
0905"Dough Box"Original episode #905.
0906"Garden Gate"Original episode #906.
0907"Serving Trays"Original episode #907.
0908"Carousel Table"Original episode #908.
0909"Seven Drawer Chest"Original episode #909.
0910"Hat Rack"Original episode #910.
0911/0912"Greenhouse"Original episodes #911/#912.
0913"Fireplace Mantle"Original episode #913.
0914"Irish Table"Original episode #9801.
0915"Linen Press"Original episode #9802.
0916"Walnut Table"Original episode #9803.
0917"Library Ladder"Original episode #9804.
0918"Old Pine Bar"Original episode #9805.
0919"Morris Chair"Original episode #9806.
0920"Cupola"Original episode #9807.
0921"Mesquite Bookcase"Original episode #9808.
0922"Chop Saw Station"Original episode #9809.
0923"Whirligig"Original episode #9810.
0924"Chaise Lounge"Original episode #9811.
0925"Roll Top Desk"Original episode #9812.


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