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
Laminated Bowl (Episode #309H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
On this week's episode of Rough Cut, the Laminated Bowl. It's an awesome addition to any kitchen. Tommy demonstrates a super efficient method to make this bowl and crafting it to perfection on the lathe. For our Rough Cut Road trip we're off to the world famous culinary institute at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island where well-crafted wood pieces are a chef's best friend in the kitchen.
Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
Bamboo Vanity (Episode #308H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
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.
Carved Frame (Episode #307H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Everyone has a family heirloom or photograph that needs a special display and on today's episode of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful Mahogany Frame with Hand-Carved Lettering. For inspiration, he heads down to Newport's historic seaport to visit one of the world's most famous sailing vessels The Coronet. And back at the shop, his good friend and master woodcarver, Sten Havumaki, will join him to offer up some letter carving tips.
Media Center (Episode #313H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
The final project of Season 3 takes on Olympic proportions when Tommy visits the home of Jim Craig, legendary hockey goalie, to create a Media Center, fit for a gold medal. Flat screen TV's tend to be a focal point in a room, but this Walnut Media Center allows the Craigs to highlight a few other prized possessions. Don't be scared by its size, this project breaks down to move from shop to home.
Steam Bent Chair (Episode #306H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
On this installment of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful, sleek steam bent lounge chair - perfect for inside and out. To teach us more about the ancient art of steam bending, he takes us on a Road Trip to Newport, Rhode Island's International Yacht Restoration School. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by Rough Cut regular, Eli Cleveland.
Platform Bed (Episode #312H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
On a very special episode of Rough Cut, Tommy joins forces with actor and woodworker, Nick Offerman, to create a Platform Bed. The simple bed frame is made using mortises and tenons. It is topped by a stunning live-edge ambrosia maple headboard. Planning ahead, Tommy has some tricks to make a king-sized bed easy to transport.