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.
Pine Chest (#402H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Who doesn't need a nice pine chest for storing blankets and other things around the home? For this episode of Rough Cut, we build a simple Pine Chest, based on a 17th century design. For the accents, we visit Tremont Nail in Massachusetts, one of the few steel manufacturers still making nails from scratch.
- KQED Life: Mon, Oct 12, 2015 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Oct 13, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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.
Master Showcase with David Marks (#601H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, 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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 20, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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.
Kitchen Leaf Table with Tom McLaughlin (#602H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, 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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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.
Master Showcase with Paul Schurch (#603H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, we travel out to sunny Santa Barbara, California to catch up with master marquetry man Paul Schurch of Schurch Woodwork. Together Tommy and Paul create a maple and mahogany table with some amazing marquetry inlaid on top. Their inspiration for the marquetry comes from the local California blue belly lizard, which Paul and Tommy catch during an expedition in Santa Barbara. It's all part of our Master Showcase series.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 3, 2015 -- 1:00pm 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.
Child's Chair with Steve Brown (#604H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, Tommy is joined by Rough Cut regular and Master Furniture Maker Steve Brown from the North Bennet Street School. Steve and Tommy pick a project that encourages the home woodworker to keep it simple with a Child's Chair, concentrating on its rustic splayed legs. A great project for beginners, it's made of a beautiful white oak, with inspiration coming from a traditional bretstuhl of Germany.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 10, 2015 -- 1:00pm 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: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Spice Box with Glen Huey (#605H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, 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!
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 17, 2015 -- 1:00pm 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: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
TV Tray with Jesse Shaw (#606H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, 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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 24, 2015 -- 1:00pm 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: Mon, Nov 30, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me