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Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac Previous Broadcasts

Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair (Episode #502H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 26, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Tommy MacDonald hits the road and heads out to the Windy City of Chicago. For inspiration, he visits the Art Institute of Chicago to appreciate some classic woodwork and get inspired for his next project, an Arts and Crafts Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired rocking chair. Back home, friend and furniture maker Tom McLaughlin joins Tommy in the shop to create this stylistic rocking chair.

Octagonal Lazy Susan (Episode #104)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 25, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

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.

Wall Cabinet (Episode #103)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 23, 2016 -- 10:30 AM

Boston's Old North Church may be most famous for its steeple lanterns, which once signaled the start of the American Revolution. Another standout characteristic of the building is the dentil molding.Tommy travels to the historic site to gain inspiration for his newest project, a Wall Cabinet. Then he heads to Beverly, Massachusetts, to speak with fine furniture maker Phil Lowe about adding architectural detail to projects. After this trip, Tommy returns to the workshop to build a Wall Cabinet, which features detailed moldings such as a dentil, cove, and quarter round.

Patio Prep Station (Episode #501H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 19, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

We're getting ready for summer and outdoor summer cooking. Host Tommy MacDonald teams up with an old friend, chef and actor Paul Wahlberg, to make a patio prep station, perfect for any outdoor grilling area. Then, Tommy and Paul will go to Paul's restaurant, Alma Nove, in Hingham to install the beautiful piece.

Wall Cabinet (Episode #103)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

Boston's Old North Church may be most famous for its steeple lanterns, which once signaled the start of the American Revolution. Another standout characteristic of the building is the dentil molding.Tommy travels to the historic site to gain inspiration for his newest project, a Wall Cabinet. Then he heads to Beverly, Massachusetts, to speak with fine furniture maker Phil Lowe about adding architectural detail to projects. After this trip, Tommy returns to the workshop to build a Wall Cabinet, which features detailed moldings such as a dentil, cove, and quarter round.

Garden Bench (Episode #413H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 12, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Who doesn't need a nice garden bench for their outdoor spaces? In the season finale of Rough Cut, Tommy shows us the intricacies of making a simple garden bench really sparkle. Move over Adirondack Chair, this is a garden bench you absolutely can't live without.

Shaker-Inspired Step Stool (Episode #102)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

A Shaker-inspired Step Stool is Tommy's project. This simple piece serves as the perfect introduction to woodworking, and throughout the episode Tommy explores the technique of making dovetails. For inspiration, he travels to Rollingsford, New Hampshire, and meets up with Allan Breed of the Breed School of Fine Woodworking. There, Allan shows Tommy his unique way of cutting dovetails, which includes holding the saw upside down. Upon returning to his shop, Tommy works with local woodworker Al D'Attanasio to explain the important and varied techniques of making dovetails.

Kitchen Scraps (Episode #412H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

This episode is dedicated to those items in the kitchen that you can make easily in a quick week-end project. Host Tommy MacDonald is joined by his friends Al D'Attanasio, North Bennet Street School instructor Steve Brown, and man around the shop Eli Cleveland. Together the team whips up a rolling pin, pepper grinder, and ice cream scoop.

Trestle Table (Episode #101)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 -- 1:30 PM

This week, host Tommy MacDonald tackles a Trestle Table, perfect for any kitchen. To make the table, Tommy handpicks a piece of local New England black walnut from Artisan Lumber in Lunenberg, Massachusetts, where he catches up with specialty lumber expert Brian Brown to talk about cutting and drying the rough cut lumber. Back in his workshop, Tommy works with woodshop assistant Eli Cleveland to construct the table, demonstrating how to make mortise and tenon joints, spring joints for the table top, and bread board ends to prevent the wood from warping.

Master Showcase with Tom McLaughlin (Episode #613H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 -- 10:30 AM

We're heading to Canterbury, NH to see Master Woodworker and series regular Tom McLaughlin in his natural habitat. Tommy joins Tom in his workshop to build a porch swing, a perfect addition for any family home.

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