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Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac Previous Broadcasts

Pencil Post Bed (Episode #503H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 18, 2017 -- 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.

Library Chair with Tom McLaughlin (Episode #607H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 17, 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.

TV Tray with Jesse Shaw (Episode #606H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 10:30 AM

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.

Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair (Episode #502H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 11, 2017 -- 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.

TV Tray with Jesse Shaw (Episode #606H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 10, 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.

Patio Prep Station (Episode #501H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 4, 2017 -- 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.

Spice Box with Glen Huey (Episode #605H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 3, 2017 -- 1:30 PM

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!

Child's Chair with Steve Brown (Episode #604H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 10:30 AM

Tommy is joined by Rough Cut regular and Master Furniture Maker Steve Brown from the North Bennet Street School. Steve and Tommy pick a project that encourages the home woodworker to keep it simple with a Child's Chair,concentrating on its rustic splayed legs. A great project for beginners, it's made of a beautiful white oak, with inspiration coming from a traditional bretstuhl of Germany.

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