Will it saw? Featuring Nick Offerman and Jimmy DiResta
October 1, 2018 | 6:31 pm UTC
In what could be the most exciting video you'll ever watch, Nick Offerman and Jimmy DiResta test the durability of a rollerblade, bongos, a baseball and a roll of salami.
The segment was featured on NBC's new series Making It, which stars Offerman and former "Parks and Recreation" co-star Amy Poehler. The show airs Tuesday nights on NBC.
Offerman, the comedian and actor most known for the Ron Swanson character in the TV series “Parks and Recreation,” is also an accomplished woodworker who runs a professional shop in Los Angeles. He’s written several books that touch on his woodworking, including the best-selling “Good Clean Fun.”
Offerman's partner in the video, Jimmy DiResta, is a popular YouTuber and master woodworker. DiResta has made a name for himself with his inventiveness and workshop skills, creating dozens of projects for YouTube videos and television shows such as Hammered and Against the Grain on the DIY Network.


Lining a walnut slab with steel bark

Woodworker Jimmy DiResta shows his inventive way of lining a walnut slab with steel bark.

We've featured a few of his creations on Woodworking Network, including a walnut slab lined with steel bark, a customizable road-case-style bar cart, and an awesome desk for a school librarian.

About Making It:
Each week eight contestants, all varying on the types of items they build, will take on a series of projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and expert judges. Over the course of each episode, the contestants will tackle a different theme, hand-making items in different disciplines. With each episode, the difficulty will increase and a contestant will be eliminated. The series will be filmed outdoors as opposed to a studio.
“People who make things are my favorite kind of folk,” says Offerman. “Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers. Plus, Amy and I have a strong tradition of tomfoolery so let’s see if we don’t have some good fun.”
Quickscrews, a leading supplier of woodworking fasteners in the US for 30 years, supplies the screws for the show.

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Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at [email protected]