ROUGH CUT - WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC invites viewers into the world of respected furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, as he travels to historic landmarks to gain design inspiration and then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques needed to create future family heirlooms. In each episode, MacDonald shares his skills and best practices, providing detailed project instructions for anyone interested in learning the basics of the craft. For the more experienced enthusiast, Tommy also showcases his more complex projects with advanced tips and techniques. Each half-hour includes three segments: "Basic Woodworking Techniques," "Weekend Projects" and "The Field Trip."
Veneered Coffee Table with Metal Frame Episode # 208
The Rough Cut Veneered Coffee Table project brings Tommy on a Road Trip to the metal works shop of Payne Engineering in Canton, MA. There, Tommy learns the basics of making a metal frame. Back in the shop, Tommy builds out the coffee table and teaches some basic veneering techniques. Then, Tommy is joined in the shop by fellow woodworker Laura Fuoco.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Laminated Coat Rack Episode # 209
In this episode of Rough Cut, featuring the Laminated Coat Rack project, Tommy teaches basic geometric patterns using different species of wood by stack laminating. Then, Tommy and crew head out on a Rough Cut Road Trip to Brookhaven, New York, where studio artist David Ebner is busy making his famous Scallion Coat Rack - a project that teaches both lamination and turning techniques.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Console Table/Hdtv Stand Episode # 210
Tommy looks at the technique of bending wood for his Rough Cut Console Table/HDTV stand project. To get some inspiration, Tommy goes on a Road Trip to meet with the curator of the Brooklyn Museum. There, he learns about the Thonets, who are famous for perfecting the technique of steam-bent lamination. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by Rough Cut regular Eli Cleveland.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Sand Shaded Clock Episode # 211
On this installment of Rough Cut, Tommy takes a look at the art of sand shading, a technique dating back to the ancient Egyptians. He demonstrates how this art form can be uniquely applied to his Sand Shaded Clock project. For the Rough Cut Road Trip, Tommy heads to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which houses some beautiful examples of sand shading made by John and Thomas Seymour. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by St. Louis radio personality McGraw Milhaven.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Length : 28 min MPT2
Simple Case Construction Book Case Episode # 212
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy discusses project design and explains how to do basic mortise and tenon joinery for a Simple Case Construction Bookcase project. He takes a Road Trip to the Furniture Divas exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by New Hampshire furniture maker Tom McLaughlin.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Episode # 207
The Standing Mirror in this episode of Rough Cut is one of Tommy's favorite projects, due to its simple design augmented by Paul Schurch's magnificent marquetry. On this episode's Road Trip, Tommy visits Schurch's studios in Santa Barbara, California, where Paul demonstrates basic marquetry. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Turned Floor Lamp
Episode # 206
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy demonstrates the turning technique by using a lathe and shows how to turn cove and bead shapes into a Tall Floor Lamp. He heads to New London, New Hampshire, on a Rough Cut Road Trip, to visit the studio of artist Peter Bloch, who turns lamp shades out of Aspen logs. Back in the studio, Tommy is joined by his friend and fellow woodworker, Al D'Attanasio. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Episode # 205
The Drop-Leaf Table featured on this episode of Rough Cut has a lot of bang for the buck. Not only is the shaker-type style beautiful to look at, but the finger joints are fun to learn how to make. To get inspiration for this project, Tommy takes a Road Trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see drop-leaf and gate-leg tables from centuries past. Back in the shop, Tommy is joined by Chuck Bender of The Acanthus Workshop in Pennsylvania. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Episode # 204
On this Rough Cut episode, Tommy makes a practical Serving Cart, essential for any kitchen, out of scrap tiger maple. The project is a basic cart form, however, for the top serving area, Tommy goes on a Road Trip to look for the right solid surface. In Canton, Massachusetts, Tommy explores different kinds of man-made and solid surfaces with the help of fabricator Paul D'Attanasio. Ultimately, he decides on a man-made solid for his project. Back in the shop, Tommy's friend Al D'Attanasio stops by. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Pie Crust Tray
Episode # 203
On this installment of Rough Cut, Tommy builds a traditional Pie Crust Tray. For inspiration, he heads on a Rough Cut Road Trip to the new Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. There, Tommy meets with curator and chair of the Art of the Americas department, Elliot Davis, to talk about the Chippendale and Federalist-style pie crust tables they have in their collection. Tommy takes his MFA knowledge back to the shop where he and Eli Cleveland walk through the turning and carving techniques needed to make the project. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Arts and Crafts-Style Chair
Episode # 202
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy takes on an Arts and Crafts-Style Chair. This episode will demonstrate how to make the legs, arms and back, mostly through standard mortise and tenon joinery. The Road Trip brings Tommy out to Alta Loma, California, where he visits the home of one of the biggest names in chair making: the late, great Samuel Maloof. There, Tommy visits with Samuel's wife Beverly as well as a curator. Back in the studio, Tommy is joined by master furniture maker Chuck Bender of The Acanthus Workshop in Pennsylvania. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror
Episode # 201
In this episode of Rough Cut, Tommy tackles a Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror, perfect for practically any room. To get inspiration for the mirror, Tommy heads out on a Rough Cut Road Trip to the magnificent Gamble House in Pasadena, California. There he finds brilliant Arts and Crafts examples by architects Charles and Henry Greene. Back in the shop, Tommy works with North Bennet Street instructor Steve Brown to explain the details and joinery in the project including finger joints, cloud lifts, and drawer construction. Rebroadcast
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Episode # 113
In the final episode of season one, Tommy guides viewers through the process of building a trellis, perfect for any outdoor space. Whether growing roses, creeping vines or clematis, this is an easy-to-make project that will highlight the side of any home. Tommy also steps outside the studio with Trellis Structure's David Valcovic, and the pair visits the John Adams House in Quincy, Massachusetts, to see a variety of magnificent trellises. Rebroadcast