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Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac Previous Broadcasts

Queen Anne Table (Episode #511H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 27, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Tommy MacDonald explores the beauty in woodworking. First, he visits the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, which is not only a testament to God but also to woodworking. Then back in the shop, he reinvents that beauty in a Queen Anne table, a classic with smooth, curved legs.

Trellis (Episode #113)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

In the final episode of season one, Tommy guides viewers through the process of building a trellis. Whether for growing roses, creeping vines or clematis, this is an easy-to-make project that will highlight the outside of any home. Tommy also steps outside the studio with Trellis Structure's David Valcovic as the pair visits the John Adams House in Quincy, Massachusetts, to see a variety of magnificent trellises.

Bread Box (Episode #112H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 -- 10:30 AM

Who doesn't want a beautiful natural bread box for their kitchen, especially if it features a fabulous tambour door? The tambour door has been around for hundreds of years, and though it looks like it would be hard to construct, it is made of just a few slats of wood stuck onto a canvas. In this episode, Tommy demonstrates the techniques for constructing the bread box and building the tambour door. He also tours the Peabody Essex Museum with curator Dean Lahikainen, who shows off their wonderful collection of John and Thomas Seymour pieces of early American furniture. Finally, Tommy is paid an in-studio visit by fellow North Bennet Street School alumnus Eli Cleveland.

Shaker Style Clock (Episode #510H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 20, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Tommy MacDonald goes back to Shaker Village to learn about another Shaker, old-time staple, the Shaker Style Clock. We'll see a variety of styles down at the village, and learn what materials go best with which and then use that in the shop to make a classic of his own with friend and fellow woodworker Al D'Attanasio.

Bread Box (Episode #112H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 19, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

Who doesn't want a beautiful natural bread box for their kitchen, especially if it features a fabulous tambour door? The tambour door has been around for hundreds of years, and though it looks like it would be hard to construct, it is made of just a few slats of wood stuck onto a canvas. In this episode, Tommy demonstrates the techniques for constructing the bread box and building the tambour door. He also tours the Peabody Essex Museum with curator Dean Lahikainen, who shows off their wonderful collection of John and Thomas Seymour pieces of early American furniture. Finally, Tommy is paid an in-studio visit by fellow North Bennet Street School alumnus Eli Cleveland.

Memory Box (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 -- 10:30 AM

This special episode of Rough Cut features Boston Police Chief Ed David sharing his memories of the Boston Marathon bombings by making a memory box with host Tommy MacDonald. Designed to hold memories of a loved one, the box's design shows how easy it is to build this weekend project at home.

Gate Leg Table (Episode #509H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 13, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Tommy MacDonald visits his alma mater, The North Bennet Street School. He'll tour the new facilities with old friend and teacher, Dan Faia, talk to students about their current projects and even learn something new about his upcoming project: the gate leg table.

Chippendale Footstool (Episode #111H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 12, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

The s-curve legs and ball and claw feet are the standout features of Tommy's Chippendale footstool. Many furniture makers get defeated by the ball and claw, but in this episode Tommy stops by master carver Will Neptune's shop to get tips on an incredibly easy way to break it down. Will provides instruction and shares his carving experience and skill with viewers. Tommy then returns to his studio to speak with Steve Brown of the North Bennet Street School.

Octagonal Lazy Susan (Episode #104)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 -- 10:30 AM

The Octagonal Lazy Susan featured this week has a lot of bang for the buck. Not only is the octagonal shape beautiful to look at, but the inlaid veneer of birdseye maple and beeswing mahogany really make the piece magnificent. In this episode, Tommy provides detailed instructions on how to build the initial shape, but then takes particular care with his instruction on how to do the inlay. On a very special Rough Cut Road Trip, Tommy gets a behind-the-scenes peek at Historic New England, a massive warehouse of historic artifacts and furniture that is not open to the public. Back in the shop, fellow North Bennet Street School graduate Eli Cleveland joins Tommy to build the Lazy Susan.

Hall Tree and Bench (Episode #508H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 6, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Tommy MacDonald has the 'Wood Whisperer', Marc Spagnuolo, in the shop. Marc joins Tommy to make a Hall Tree and Bench, which can add both elegance and convenience to any home.

Blanket Chest (Episode #110H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 5, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

The blanket chest has been around since the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts in the 1600s. In this episode, Tommy builds one that demonstrates basic frame construction as well as mortise and tenon joinery. He also shares his techniques for carving, a special feature of the box that is both dramatic and simple. He also stops by the Whipple House in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to speak with artisan Rob Tarule. Later, his friend and fellow woodworker, Al D'Attanasio, stops by the shop for a chat.

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