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.
Blanket Chest (#110) Duration: 27:58 STEREO TVG
The blanket chest has been around since the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts in the 1600s. In this episode, Tommy builds one that demonstrates basic frame construction as well as mortise and tenon joinery. He also shares his techniques for carving, a special feature of the box that is both dramatic and simple. He also stops by the Whipple House in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to speak with artisan Rob Tarule. Later, his friend and fellow woodworker, Al D'Attanasio, stops by the shop for a chat.
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: Tue, Sep 6, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Keepsake Box (#108H) Duration: 27:58 STEREO TVG
The Keepsake Box is a perfect project for anyone who wants to learn simple, small box construction. The box would make a great jewelry box or even a humidor. A special feature of this box is the herringbone inlay - a dramatic embellishment featured on top. In this episode, Tommy demonstrates how to build the box and then explains how to create the magnificent herringbone veneer pattern for the top. It is a lot easier than it looks! Then, Tommy takes a trip to the John Adams House in Quincy, Massachusetts, to see one of John Adams's desks, covered in spectacular veneer and banding. Later, Tommy is joined in his shop by Neil Lamens of Furnitology.com.
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Chippendale Footstool (#111H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
The s-curve legs and ball and claw feet are the standout features of Tommy's Chippendale footstool. Many furniture makers get defeated by the ball and claw, but in this episode Tommy stops by master carver Will Neptune's shop to get tips on an incredibly easy way to break it down. Will provides instruction and shares his carving experience and skill with viewers. Tommy then returns to his studio to speak with Steve Brown of the North Bennet Street School.
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.
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Serving Tray (#109) Duration: 27:54 STEREO TVG
Though the Serving Tray in this episode may look simple, it involves a complicated compound angle that defeats many woodworkers. But, Tommy has an answer for you - a trick that makes compound angles easy. In this episode, he provides detailed instruction and discusses the technique of creating compound angles. Then he joins Gerry Ward from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts at the First Church of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Later, Tommy returns to his workshop for a visit from the North Bennet Street School's Steve Brown.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 -- 10:30am Remind me
Bread Box (#112H) Duration: 27:50 STEREO TVG
Who doesn't want a beautiful natural bread box for their kitchen, especially if it features a fabulous tambour door? The tambour door has been around for hundreds of years, and though it looks like it would be hard to construct, it is made of just a few slats of wood stuck onto a canvas. In this episode, Tommy demonstrates the techniques for constructing the bread box and building the tambour door. He also tours the Peabody Essex Museum with curator Dean Lahikainen, who shows off their wonderful collection of John and Thomas Seymour pieces of early American furniture. Finally, Tommy is paid an in-studio visit by fellow North Bennet Street School alumnus Eli Cleveland.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 19, 2016 -- 1:30pm 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.
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Trellis (#113) Duration: 27:06 STEREO TVG
In the final episode of season one, Tommy guides viewers through the process of building a trellis. Whether for growing roses, creeping vines or clematis, this is an easy-to-make project that will highlight the outside of any home. Tommy also steps outside the studio with Trellis Structure's David Valcovic as the pair visits the John Adams House in Quincy, Massachusetts, to see a variety of magnificent trellises.
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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.
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Patio Prep Station (#501H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 4, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair (#502H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
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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.
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Pencil Post Bed (#503H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
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Master Showcase with David Marks (#601H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We head to beautiful Santa Rosa, California to meet up with master woodworker David Marks as part of our Master Showcase Series. Spending the entire episode in his shop, we learn how former television host and wood turner David Marks makes his spectacular turned hollow wooden vessels. This week's project is made from maple burl, poplar, and ebony and accented with gold leaf.
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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.
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Kitchen Leaf Table with Tom McLaughlin (#602H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy is joined by Master Woodworker Tom McLaughlin of Epic Woodworking and together they create a complicated Kitchen Leaf Table. With an Arts and Crafts inspired design, Tom and Tommy work together to make it more contemporary by adding a triangulated base, and a place to store the leaves under the book matched table top. Tom uses a high quality cherry wood for the entire project.
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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.
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