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.
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, Feb 27, 2017 -- 1:30pm
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Patio Prep Station (#501H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We're getting ready for summer and outdoor summer cooking. Host Tommy MacDonald teams up with an old friend, chef and actor Paul Wahlberg, to make a patio prep station, perfect for any outdoor grilling area. Then, Tommy and Paul will go to Paul's restaurant, Alma Nove, in Hingham to install the beautiful piece.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair (#502H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tommy MacDonald hits the road and heads out to the Windy City of Chicago. For inspiration, he visits the Art Institute of Chicago to appreciate some classic woodwork and get inspired for his next project, an Arts and Crafts Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired rocking chair. Back home, friend and furniture maker Tom McLaughlin joins Tommy in the shop to create this stylistic rocking chair.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me
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: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 -- 1:00pm 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: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 -- 1:30pm 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: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 1:00pm Remind me