Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac
This series invites viewers into the workshop of Boston native and fine furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, a graduate of the famed Boston-based North Bennet Street School. Follow Tommy as he travels to historical New England landmarks to gain design inspiration, then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques it takes to create comprehensive woodworking projects. In addition to providing detailed project instructions to his audience, Tommy shares his skills and best practices, giving the opportunity for anyone with an interest in woodworking to not only learn the basics but also excel at the craft. For those more experienced in woodworking, Tommy offers more advanced tips and techniques by showcasing his more complex projects.
Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac Previous Broadcasts
Workbench (Episode #302H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 27, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy takes on the key tool in any woodshop - the workbench. With help from his shop coordinator and Rough Cut technical advisor, Eli Cleveland, Tommy will demonstrate how to make a workbench with mortise and tenon joinery and a beautiful solid maple top.
Federal Hall Table (Episode #405H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
With this episode of Rough Cut, we'll bring you back to the 1700's and look at some of the federal embellishments at the Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design. Back in the shop, Tommy and Eli show viewers an effortless way to really make your hall table shine with bell flowers, stringing, and other awesome embellishments.
Coopered Leg Table (Episode #301H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
On the premiere of Rough Cut Season 3, Tommy creates a beautiful ambrosia maple Coopered Leg Table - perfect for a dining room or office. To get inspiration for the piece, Tommy travels to beautiful Napa Valley for a visit to the incredible Seguin Moreau Cooperage. Here Tommy gets an up close tour of the wine-barrel making process. Full of ideas from Napa, Tommy returns to the shop to teach the technique of coopering.
China Cabinet (Episode #513H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Tommy MacDonald brings viewers into his home! In the shop, Tommy works with friend Al D'Attanasio to build a china cabinet perfect for any home. Then together the dynamic duo installs the massive piece into Tommy's house.
Frank Lloyd Wright Light Pendants (Episode #512H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
A woodworker can't help but be influenced by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. Tommy will embark on his second Frank Lloyd Wright style project: the Light Pendant. It's a light fixture that brings together wood and mechanics and is a statement piece that shows off the style of the famous architect.
Queen Anne Table (Episode #511H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jan 3, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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.