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.
Gable Ends and Walls (#704H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy and crew do some heavy lifting, working on the gable ends of the roof and lifting the walls into place. They first head over to see Tommy's longtime friend Jim Reader, to walk them through how to pick out the best lumber you need for your job. Then it's back to the site to see new regular Chris Reynolds to install the Gable Ends, before getting that wall up - all before a storm hits.
Interior Stairs, Wall Frame, Pop Up Side Walls (#705H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's all about the interior of the shop - from the stairs, to the wall frame holding up the roof. To help him with the layout and construction of the stairs, Tommy brings on old friend Gordon Arthur to break down what seems like a complicated project into a few simple steps.
Framing (#702H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy is joined by his general contractor, Chris Reynolds, to talk about the framing of the shop. From the foundation to laying out the sills to putting up the first wall, he learns the best way to start off a project like this. And with a little help from regular Al D'Attanasio, that wall will be up in no time.
- KQED Life: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 -- 10:30am 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: Mon, Nov 7, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Ridge/Rafters/Knee Walls (#706H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's a long day of heavy lifting to finish up the frame of the roof. Tommy gets regular Chris Reynolds to help install the ridge, the long and short rafters, and finishing touches like collar ties. By the end of the day, Tommy will have an actual building.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 8, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Second Floor Deck (#703H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
They're working on the second floor of the shop. Joined by good friend Bob Ayer and his crew, Tommy has his work cut out for him- he'll need to straighten the walls before adding the entire second floor deck and lay out an opening to where his staircase will go. It'll be a lot of work, but with his friends the crew is willing to tackle it.
- KQED Life: Sat, Nov 12, 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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 14, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Roofing, Rakes and Soffets (#707H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy works on the finishing touches to complete the roof. Joined by good friend and general contractor Chris Reynolds, the two work to get the fascia and trim boards to size before installing them on the roof along with the drip edge and shingles. Tommy and Chris first walk through a small safety lesson, reminding carpenters how important it is to stage your site properly so you and your crew can work as efficiently and safely as possible.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 15, 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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 21, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Episode #708H Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 22, 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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 28, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
Episode #709H Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 29, 2016 -- 1:00pm Remind me