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
Master Showcase with Phil Lowe (Episode #609H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 -- 1:30 PM
We travel to Beverly, Massachusetts to learn from Master Woodworker and furniture maker Phil Lowe. As the owner and director of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, he's well known for his teaching throughout North America. He and Tommy get together to build a chair, and Tommy is excited to learn new techniques as well as add his own spin to the design.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
Contemporary Bench with Steven Brown (Episode #608H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 -- 1:30 PM
Series regular Steve Brown is back in the shop! He's here to help Tommy update a traditional bench with a more contemporary design, but still keep it comfortable. Using this project as another teaching tool, Steve walks us through some of the basic steps of woodworking any expert will tell you are important to practice.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
Library Chair with Tom McLaughlin (Episode #607H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 1:30 PM
Tommy is inspired by his Dad's old library chair. Back in the shop is Master Woodworker Tom McLaughlin, who's updating the design by adding a bent laminated seat rail, stack laminated crest rail and making the actual seat a bit more comfortable. Made out of cherry, this chair is sure to make it another generation in the MacDonald family.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
TV Tray with Jesse Shaw (Episode #606H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 1:30 PM
Tommy introduces a new face to the show, furniture maker Jesse Shaw. Jesse works with Tommy to build a contemporary version of the 1950's style TV tray, with an updated curve in the legs to make it more modern. Made out of a rich walnut, Jesse uses bent lamination and modern technology to make an amazingly handy living room essential.
- KQED Life: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
Spice Box with Glen Huey (Episode #605H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
Tommy works on a poplar and black walnut Spice Box. He'll be joined in the shop by Glen Huey of 360 Woodworking to help break down what looks like a complicated box structure with an amazing inlaid design on the door. Glen and Tommy are inspired by the famous Chester County, Pennsylvania spice boxes made popular in the late 18th Century, and want to see if these useful boxes can make a comeback!