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Octagonal Lazy Susan (#104) Duration: 27:51 STEREO TVG

The Octagonal Lazy Susan featured this week has a lot of bang for the buck. Not only is the octagonal shape beautiful to look at, but the inlaid veneer of birdseye maple and beeswing mahogany really make the piece magnificent. In this episode, Tommy provides detailed instructions on how to build the initial shape, but then takes particular care with his instruction on how to do the inlay. On a very special Rough Cut Road Trip, Tommy gets a behind-the-scenes peek at Historic New England, a massive warehouse of historic artifacts and furniture that is not open to the public. Back in the shop, fellow North Bennet Street School graduate Eli Cleveland joins Tommy to build the Lazy Susan.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 1:00pm

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.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, Feb 13, 2016 -- 10:30am 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Feb 15, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Flag Box (#105) Duration: 27:53 STEREO TVG

Perfect for Veterans Day, or any other day, this episode features the building of a Flag Box, perfect for housing the American flag. As a special feature in this episode, Tommy welcomes five retired members of the military into the shop to help him fold the flag for the box. And to add another dimension, the box itself features splines made from live oak from the USS Constitution. Throughout the episode, Tommy provides detailed instructions, highlighting the techniques for achieving successful splined miter joints. Tommy also goes on location to the USS Constitution to speak with naval historian Margherita Desy, and is paid an in-studio visit by fellow woodworker Al D'Attanasio.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Feb 16, 2016 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Feb 22, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Shaker-Inspired Night Stand (#106) Duration: 27:58 STEREO TVG

One of Tommy's favorite projects. This particular piece really shows off Tommy's style in using rough cut lumber and gives him a chance to put a contemporary spin on a traditional piece. In this episode, Tommy explains techniques for mortise and tenon joinery, as well as how to taper a leg. He also heads to the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where he meets up with Steve Brown, the head of the school's Cabinet and Furniture-making department. Later, Steve lends a hand back in Tommy's shop.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Feb 23, 2016 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Feb 29, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Finishes (#107) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG

Tommy is the first to say, finishes are an art unto themselves. That's why he dedicated an entire episode to this topic featuring two very talented finishers, Christine Thomson, a period finisher from Salem, Massachusetts, and Mark Libby, a local finisher who has worked with Tommy for years. In this episode, Tommy provides detailed project instruction for work requiring a finishing technique. He visits Christine's shop to see some of her techniques, and later, Mark Libby swings by Tommy's shop.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 1, 2016 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Mar 7, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Keepsake Box (#108) 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

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 8, 2016 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Mar 14, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Mar 21, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 -- 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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Mar 28, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me

Chippendale Footstool (#111) 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.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 29, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

    TV Technical Issues
    • Tues 12/15: KQET DT25 signal restored

      (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3) The new part arrived this morning, was successfully installed, and our DT25 Over The Air signal restored apx 12:30pm. Due to the outage, some OTA viewers may need to do a rescan to re-acquire the DT25 signal. Paid provider services should have restored their signal by now as well. Thanks for your […]

    • Sun 12/13: KQET DT25 Over the Air signal down

      (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3) UPDATE Mon 12/14 4:50pm: Unfortunately, we are unable to repair our fried equipment, and will need to order/find a replacement. At this point, we do know the signal will definitely not return tonight, and do not yet have an estimated time re: when it will be back. Thanks for your patience and […]

    • Wed 11/10: KQEH Over The Air planned short outages

      (DT54-1 through 54-5) Wednesday 11/10, 11am The DT54 Over the Air signal will need to switch from main to auxiliary levels late Wednesday morning for the safety of the crew working on another station’s equipment on the tower, then back to the main antenna mid-afternoon when work is completed. The change should be for a […]

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