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
Dovetailed Toolbox (Episode #305H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 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".
Free Standing Deck (Episode #311H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
This week on Rough Cut, the Free Standing Deck. Tommy will focus on the basics of frame construction and give special attention to installing a solid support system. And for the Road Trip, Tommy finds inspiration at a very special place - the USS Salem. The WWII naval ship is home to some excellent carpentry work.
Mitered Hall Table (Episode #304H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
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.
Barley Twist Lamp (Episode #303H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
On this Rough Cut episode, Tommy tackles the difficult technique of off-set turning on a lathe when he makes the unique Barley Twist Lamp. The lamp is made out of beautiful mahogany and topped off with a specially made glass top designed and created just for this project. For the Road Trip, Tommy visits his good friend, glassblower, Niels Cosman at his Rhode Island School of Design studio. Niels will make a special appearance back at the Rough Cut shop when he personally delivers the finished lampshade to Tommy.
Workbench (Episode #302H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy takes on the key tool in any woodshop - the workbench. With help from his shop coordinator and Rough Cut technical advisor, Eli Cleveland, Tommy will demonstrate how to make a workbench with mortise and tenon joinery and a beautiful solid maple top.
Bamboo Vanity (Episode #308H)
KQED Life: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.