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Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Genre: How-to
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."

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #512
Frank Lloyd Wright Light Pendants
Guest: ELI CLEVELAND. A woodworker can't help but be influenced by the great Frank Lloyd Wright and today on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, Tommy will embark on his second Frank Lloyd Wright style project: the Light Pendant. It's a light fixture that brings together wood and mechanics and is a statement piece that shows off the style of the famous architect.
26 minutes long
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Sat Dec 27th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #513
China Cabinet
Guest: AL D'ATTANASIO. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host Tommy MacDonald brings you closer than ever: 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Jan 3rd @ 1:00 pm

Episode #301
Coopered Leg Table
On the premiere of Rough Cut Season 3, Tommy creates a beautiful ambrosia maple Coopered Leg Table - perfect for a dining room or office. To get inspiration for the piece, Tommy travels to beautiful Napa Valley for a visit to the incredible Seguin Moreau Cooperage. Here Tommy gets an up close tour of the wine-barrel making process. Full of ideas from Napa, Tommy returns to the shop to teach the technique of coopering.
27 minutes long
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Sat Jan 10th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #302
Workbench
This time, on Rough Cut, Tommy takes on the key tool in any woodshop - the workbench. With help from his shop coordinator and Rough Cut technical advisor, Eli Cleveland, Tommy will demonstrate how to make a workbench with mortise and tenon joinery and a beautiful solid maple top.
27 minutes long
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Sat Jan 17th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #303
Barley Twist Lamp
On this Rough Cut episode, Tommy tackles the difficult technique of off-set turning on a lathe when he makes the unique Barley Twist Lamp. The lamp is made out of beautiful mahogany and topped off with a specially made glass top designed and created just for this project. For the Road Trip, Tommy visits his good friend, glassblower, Niels Cosman at his Rhode Island School of Design studio. Niels will make a special appearance back at the Rough Cut shop when he personally delivers the finished lampshade to Tommy.
27 minutes long
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Sat Jan 24th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #304
Mitered Hall Table
This week on Rough Cut we're making a Mitered Hall Table out of one giant slab of figured maple. Tommy will show us how he achieves the look of one continuous grain pattern by interpreting the wood. And for the Road Trip Tommy takes us to Berkshire Hardwoods in Western Massachusetts where we meet owner, Jeff Poirier, and learn how he takes a local tree and turns it into a beautiful piece of stock.
27 minutes long
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Sat Jan 31st @ 1:00 pm

Episode #305
Dovetailed Toolbox
The Dovetailed Toolbox created on this week's episode of Rough Cut has played a supporting role in Tommy's shop since the very first season. Tommy will demonstrate how to achieve the striking dovetail joinery found on his toolbox and what kind of things you can do at home to "make it your own".
28 minutes long
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Sat Feb 7th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #306
Steam Bent Chair
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.
27 minutes long
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Sat Feb 14th @ 1:00 pm


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #511
Queen Anne Table
Guest: STEVE BROWN. This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Dec 20th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #510
Shaker Style Clock
Guest: AL D'ATTANASIO. A classic is a classic for a reason. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Dec 13th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #509
Gate Leg Table
Guest: STEVE BROWN. This episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac is extra special as host 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. Take it from Tommy Mac, you're never too old to learn.
26 minutes long
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Sat Dec 6th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #508
Hall Tree and Bench
Guest: MARC SPAGNUOLO. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Nov 29th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #507
Linen Press, PArt Two
A linen press is half drawers and half wardrobe and perfect for household linens like towels and sheets. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Nov 22nd @ 1:00 pm

Episode #506
Linen Press, PArt One
Contrary to what it sounds like, a linen press doesn't press your linens, it holds them. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Nov 15th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #505
Simple Shaker Night Stand and Finishes
Guest: CHARLES NEIL. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Nov 8th @ 1:00 pm

Episode #504
Windsor Chair
Guest: PETER GALBERT. This week on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Nov 1st @ 1:00 pm

Episode #503
Pencil Post Bed
Guest: STEVE BROWN. On this episode of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, we go big. Host 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.
26 minutes long
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Sat Oct 25th @ 1:00 pm


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