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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 -- 1:00pm
Steam Bent Chair (#306H) Duration: 27:34 STEREO TVG
On this installment of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful, sleek steam bent lounge chair - perfect for inside and out. To teach us more about the ancient art of steam bending, he takes us on a Road Trip to Newport, Rhode Island's International Yacht Restoration School. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by Rough Cut regular, Eli Cleveland.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 -- 1:30pm Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Carved Frame (#307H) Duration: 27:52 STEREO TVG
Everyone has a family heirloom or photograph that needs a special display and on today's episode of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a beautiful Mahogany Frame with Hand-Carved Lettering. For inspiration, he heads down to Newport's historic seaport to visit one of the world's most famous sailing vessels The Coronet. And back at the shop, his good friend and master woodcarver, Sten Havumaki, will join him to offer up some letter carving tips.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Aug 18, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Bamboo Vanity (#308H) Duration: 27:53 STEREO TVG
This time on Rough Cut, Tommy teaches a variety of tips and tricks that can be applied to any cabinet, when he makes a simple Bamboo Vanity perfect as a base cabinet in a kitchen or bathroom. For the Rough Cut Road Trip, Tommy heads to the West Coast to meet Dan Smith, the inventor of a very cool sustainable bamboo product used in this week's project. Back in the shop, series favorite, Al D'Attansio, joins Tommy.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Laminated Bowl (#309H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
On this week's episode of Rough Cut, the Laminated Bowl. It's an awesome addition to any kitchen. Tommy demonstrates a super efficient method to make this bowl and crafting it to perfection on the lathe. For our Rough Cut Road trip we're off to the world famous culinary institute at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island where well-crafted wood pieces are a chef's best friend in the kitchen.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 1, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Demilune Table (#310H) Duration: 27:38 STEREO TVG
Tommy masters the method of bricking on this week's Rough Cut, when he builds a classic Demilune Table with a stunning antique looking veneer belt. For inspiration, Tommy goes on a Road Trip to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where curator, Elliot Davis, will show him some signature pieces from the collection. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by series regular, Steve Brown.
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 8, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Free Standing Deck (#311H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This week on Rough Cut, the Free Standing Deck. Tommy will focus on the basics of frame construction and give special attention to installing a solid support system. And for the Road Trip, Tommy finds inspiration at a very special place - the USS Salem. The WWII naval ship is home to some excellent carpentry work.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 15, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Platform Bed (#312H) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVG
On a very special episode of Rough Cut, Tommy joins forces with actor and woodworker, Nick Offerman, to create a Platform Bed. The simple bed frame is made using mortises and tenons. It is topped by a stunning live-edge ambrosia maple headboard. Planning ahead, Tommy has some tricks to make a king-sized bed easy to transport.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Media Center (#313H) Duration: 27:56 STEREO TVG
The final project of Season 3 takes on Olympic proportions when Tommy visits the home of Jim Craig, legendary hockey goalie, to create a Media Center, fit for a gold medal. Flat screen TV's tend to be a focal point in a room, but this Walnut Media Center allows the Craigs to highlight a few other prized possessions. Don't be scared by its size, this project breaks down to move from shop to home.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 -- 1:30pm 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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me