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.
Windsor Chair (#504H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald steps out of his comfort zone, and his shop,to join Peter Galbert in central Massachusetts, where he shows Tommy how to make a classic Windsor chair. This is a new project for Tommy, and a complicated one, but also a fun challenge, as he'll be using multiple kinds of wood and new techniques to perfect this classic.
Master Showcase with Tom McLaughlin (#613H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We're heading to Canterbury, NH to see Master Woodworker and series regular Tom McLaughlin in his natural habitat. Tommy joins Tom in his workshop to build a porch swing, a perfect addition for any family home.
- KQED Life: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Simple Shaker Night Stand and Finishes (#505H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's all about simplicity and customizable finish. Host Tommy MacDonald teaches viewers how to make a classic Shaker-inspired nightstand after he learns from the pros in Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH. Then, expert finisher Charles Neil visits from Virginia and shows how finishes can individualize any project and make each project unique.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Old Shop/New Shop (#701H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's out with the old, in with the new. Tommy's building his very own shop from the ground up. Tommy and his team start by going over the plans for the shop with his architect Monte French, before heading over to Koopman's Lumber to talk to Steve Ingram who explains what kind of lumber Tommy picked and why. Finally, they head back to the site to meet up with building commissioner Ed Walsh, who reminds them it's not just about building a shop, it's building it safely.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Linen Press, Part One (#506H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Contrary to what it sounds like, a linen press doesn't press your linens, it holds them. Tommy MacDonald shows viewers how to design and build their own linen press, starting with the frame and drawers. One special feature of this fabulous piece of furniture, the feet, which have a molding and frame all their own.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Framing (#702H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy is joined by his general contractor, Chris Reynolds, to talk about the framing of the shop. From the foundation to laying out the sills to putting up the first wall, he learns the best way to start off a project like this. And with a little help from regular Al D'Attanasio, that wall will be up in no time.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 11, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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.
Second Floor Deck (#703H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
They're working on the second floor of the shop. Joined by good friend Bob Ayer and his crew, Tommy has his work cut out for him- he'll need to straighten the walls before adding the entire second floor deck and lay out an opening to where his staircase will go. It'll be a lot of work, but with his friends the crew is willing to tackle it.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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, Apr 24, 2017 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Gable Ends and Walls (#704H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy and crew do some heavy lifting, working on the gable ends of the roof and lifting the walls into place. They first head over to see Tommy's longtime friend Jim Reader, to walk them through how to pick out the best lumber you need for your job. Then it's back to the site to see new regular Chris Reynolds to install the Gable Ends, before getting that wall up - all before a storm hits.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 25, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me