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
Linen Press, Part One (Episode #506H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Contrary to what it sounds like, a linen press doesn't press your linens, it holds them. Tommy MacDonald shows viewers how to design and build their own linen press, starting with the frame and drawers. One special feature of this fabulous piece of furniture, the feet, which have a molding and frame all their own.
Bamboo Vanity (Episode #308H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
This time on Rough Cut, Tommy teaches a variety of tips and tricks that can be applied to any cabinet, when he makes a simple Bamboo Vanity perfect as a base cabinet in a kitchen or bathroom. For the Rough Cut Road Trip, Tommy heads to the West Coast to meet Dan Smith, the inventor of a very cool sustainable bamboo product used in this week's project. Back in the shop, series favorite, Al D'Attansio, joins Tommy.
Simple Shaker Night Stand and Finishes (Episode #505H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 18, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
It's all about simplicity and customizable finish. Host Tommy MacDonald teaches viewers how to make a classic Shaker-inspired nightstand after he learns from the pros in Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH. Then, expert finisher Charles Neil visits from Virginia and shows how finishes can individualize any project and make each project unique.
Carved Frame (Episode #307H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
Everyone has a family heirloom or photograph that needs a special display and on today's episode of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful Mahogany Frame with Hand-Carved Lettering. For inspiration, he heads down to Newport's historic seaport to visit one of the world's most famous sailing vessels The Coronet. And back at the shop, his good friend and master woodcarver, Sten Havumaki, will join him to offer up some letter carving tips.
Windsor Chair (Episode #504H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Tommy MacDonald steps out of his comfort zone, and his shop,to join Peter Galbert in central Massachusetts, where he shows Tommy how to make a classic Windsor chair. This is a new project for Tommy, and a complicated one, but also a fun challenge, as he'll be using multiple kinds of wood and new techniques to perfect this classic.
Steam Bent Chair (Episode #306H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
On this installment of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful, sleek steam bent lounge chair - perfect for inside and out. To teach us more about the ancient art of steam bending, he takes us on a Road Trip to Newport, Rhode Island's International Yacht Restoration School. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by Rough Cut regular, Eli Cleveland.
Pencil Post Bed (Episode #503H)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
Tommy MacDonald shows us how to make a queen sized pencil post bed with tapered octagonal posts. This bed originated in the 1700's and has been a popular style ever since. North Bennet Street School instructor Steve Brown joins Tommy at his shop to show him how to perfect the tapered, octagonal posts out of perfect, classic cherry wood.
Dovetailed Toolbox (Episode #305H)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
The Dovetailed Toolbox created on this week's episode of Rough Cut has played a supporting role in Tommy's shop since the very first season. Tommy will demonstrate how to achieve the striking dovetail joinery found on his toolbox and what kind of things you can do at home to "make it your own".
Mitered Hall Table (Episode #304H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
This week on Rough Cut we're making a Mitered Hall Table out of one giant slab of figured maple. Tommy will show us how he achieves the look of one continuous grain pattern by interpreting the wood. And for the Road Trip Tommy takes us to Berkshire Hardwoods in Western Massachusetts where we meet owner, Jeff Poirier, and learn how he takes a local tree and turns it into a beautiful piece of stock.