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.
Linen Press, Part Two (#507H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A linen press is half drawers and half wardrobe and perfect for household linens like towels and sheets. Tommy MacDonald finishes his stunning, cherry wood linen press by completing the upper element, the wardrobe. He'll show us how to install the shelves and hang the door on its hinges as well as how to complete the piece with a wonderful finish.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 9:00am
Hall Tree and Bench (#508H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald has the 'Wood Whisperer', Marc Spagnuolo, in the shop. Marc joins Tommy to make a Hall Tree and Bench, which can add both elegance and convenience to any home.
- KQED Life: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Rice Paper Divider (#406H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
In this episode of Rough Cut, Tommy builds an elegant and versatile bass wood room divider. In Japan they're called shoji which means screen and they can be used to partition a room or filter light in front of a window. For our Rough Cut Road Trip, we're heading to a shoji workshop in Queens, NY, where craftsmen create screens according to ancient Japanese methods.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Gate Leg Table (#509H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald visits his alma mater, The North Bennet Street School. He'll tour the new facilities with old friend and teacher, Dan Faia, talk to students about their current projects and even learn something new about his upcoming project: the gate leg table.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 1, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Bookstand (#407H) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 2, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Shaker Style Clock (#510H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald goes back to Shaker Village to learn about another Shaker, old-time staple, the Shaker Style Clock. We'll see a variety of styles down at the village, and learn what materials go best with which and then use that in the shop to make a classic of his own with friend and fellow woodworker Al D'Attanasio.
Bird House (#408H) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVG
This episode of Rough Cut is officially for the birds. We're going to build three bird houses and talk about bird-specific design. For our Rough Cut Road Trip, we'll visit with a few feathery friends to find out what THEY look for in a home and join our good friend Al back in the shop.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Queen Anne Table (#511H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald explores the beauty in woodworking. First, he visits the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, which is not only a testament to God but also to woodworking. Then back in the shop, he reinvents that beauty in a Queen Anne table, a classic with smooth, curved legs.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Baseball Bat Bed (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This episode of Rough Cut features Tommy's all-time favorite project - a baseball bat bed that's perfect for any kids room. For our Rough Cut Road Trip, we're heading to Fall River, Massachusetts to the Axis Bat Factory, to see what really goes into making a major league baseball bat.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 16, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Frank Lloyd Wright Light Pendants (#512H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A woodworker can't help but be influenced by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. Tommy will embark on his second Frank Lloyd Wright style project: the Light Pendant. It's a light fixture that brings together wood and mechanics and is a statement piece that shows off the style of the famous architect.
Chairs X 2 (#410H) Duration: 27:30 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut, we show the advantages to mass production by building a chair and then showing how we can duplicate their chair to make a set of four or six. It's easier than you think!
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 23, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
China Cabinet (#513H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald brings viewers into his home! In the shop, Tommy works with friend Al D'Attanasio to build a china cabinet perfect for any home. Then together the dynamic duo installs the massive piece into Tommy's house.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Pub Table (#411H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut, we'll be building a versatile draw leaf table and show you the secret that allows good leaves to appear and disappear whenever you need them. Lending a hand in the shop is a special guest Eli Cleveland, Rough Cut's technical advisor.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me