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.
Spice Box with Glen Huey (#605H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
Tommy works on a poplar and black walnut Spice Box. He'll be joined in the shop by Glen Huey of 360 Woodworking to help break down what looks like a complicated box structure with an amazing inlaid design on the door. Glen and Tommy are inspired by the famous Chester County, Pennsylvania spice boxes made popular in the late 18th Century, and want to see if these useful boxes can make a comeback!
Memory Box (#403H) Duration: 27:30 STEREO TVG
This special episode of Rough Cut features Boston Police Chief Ed David sharing his memories of the Boston Marathon bombings by making a memory box with host Tommy MacDonald. Designed to hold memories of a loved one, the box's design shows how easy it is to build this weekend project at home.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
TV Tray with Jesse Shaw (#606H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy introduces a new face to the show, furniture maker Jesse Shaw. Jesse works with Tommy to build a contemporary version of the 1950's style TV tray, with an updated curve in the legs to make it more modern. Made out of a rich walnut, Jesse uses bent lamination and modern technology to make an amazingly handy living room essential.
Glass Desk Lamp (#404H) Duration: 26:16 STEREO TVG
In this episode of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful art glass table lamp featuring triple-mitered corners - the perfect accent piece whether it's on or off. On the Rough Cut Road Trip, we head to Cambridge Massachusetts to visit a glass-making school where artists work miracles with glass and fire. Tune in to learn the art of fusing glass with designer Neils Cosman.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 10, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Library Chair with Tom McLaughlin (#607H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
Tommy is inspired by his Dad's old library chair. Back in the shop is Master Woodworker Tom McLaughlin, who's updating the design by adding a bent laminated seat rail, stack laminated crest rail and making the actual seat a bit more comfortable. Made out of cherry, this chair is sure to make it another generation in the MacDonald family.
Federal Hall Table (#405H) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVG
With this episode of Rough Cut, we'll bring you back to the 1700's and look at some of the federal embellishments at the Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design. Back in the shop, Tommy and Eli show viewers an effortless way to really make your hall table shine with bell flowers, stringing, and other awesome embellishments.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 17, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Contemporary Bench with Steven Brown (#608H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Series regular Steve Brown is back in the shop! He's here to help Tommy update a traditional bench with a more contemporary design, but still keep it comfortable. Using this project as another teaching tool, Steve walks us through some of the basic steps of woodworking any expert will tell you are important to practice.
- KQED Life: Mon, May 23, 2016 -- 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 24, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Master Showcase with Phil Lowe (#609H) Duration: 27:50 STEREO TVG
We travel to Beverly, Massachusetts to learn from Master Woodworker and furniture maker Phil Lowe. As the owner and director of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, he's well known for his teaching throughout North America. He and Tommy get together to build a chair, and Tommy is excited to learn new techniques as well as add his own spin to the design.
- KQED Life: Mon, May 30, 2016 -- 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, May 31, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Computer Table with Al D'attanasio (#610H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy is joined by series regular Al D'Attanasio to build a computer table. Al and Tommy are inspired by their own lives, hoping to have a place to hold all the essentials for a modern life. Though not as hip as some people may think, Al still needs a spot for his computer as well as drawers and a filing cabinet for his necessary paperwork.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 6, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
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 7, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Fall Front Desk with Steve Brown (#611H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We concentrate on a fall front desk, designed as a great work desk. Tommy is joined by series regular Steve Brown who breaks down the different parts to make it a much simpler process. Steve and Tommy work together to make it as compact as the original design to utilize space, while adding in their own contemporary design.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 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 14, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Dog House with Al D'attanasio (#612H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy is inspired to build a dog house by visiting with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit. After going on the road, he and Al return to the shop to build a dog house fit for any dog, large or small. Even big enough for Tommy's own dog, Murphy.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
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 21, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 -- 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 28, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me