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
Arts and Crafts-Style Chair (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 -- 1:30 PM
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy takes on an Arts and Crafts-Style Chair. This episode will demonstrate how to make the legs, arms and back, mostly through standard mortise and tenon joinery. The Road Trip brings Tommy out to Alta Loma, California, where he visits the home of one of the biggest names in chair making: the late, great Samuel Maloof. There, Tommy visits with Samuel's wife Beverly as well as a curator. Back in the studio, Tommy is joined by master furniture maker Chuck Bender of The Acanthus Workshop in Pennsylvania.
Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 1:30 PM
In this episode of Rough Cut, Tommy tackles a Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror, perfect for practically any room. To get inspiration for the mirror, Tommy heads out on a Rough Cut Road Trip to the magnificent Gamble House in Pasadena, California. There he finds brilliant Arts and Crafts examples by architects Charles and Henry Greene. Back in the shop, Tommy works with North Bennet Street instructor Steve Brown to explain the details and joinery in the project including finger joints, cloud lifts, and drawer construction.
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
Trellis (Episode #113)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 -- 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.
Bookstand (Episode #407H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
Learn to build a frame and panel bookstand that's perfect for any room. And for our Rough Cut Road trip, we head to western Massachusetts to hang out with the legendary Silas Kopf, to see how he creates his unique brand of marquetry.