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Series Description: 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."

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  • Trestle Table (#101)

    Tommy shows how to make mortise and tenon joints for this table made of New England black walnut. [27 minutes]

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  • Shaker-Inspired Step Stool (#102)

    Tommy explains the important and varied techniques of making dovetails for this simple piece. [27 minutes]

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  • Wall Cabinet (#103)

    A Wall Cabinet is built which features detailed moldings such as a dentil, cove and quarter round. [28 minutes]

  • Octagonal Lazy Susan (#104)

    Tommy provides detailed instructions on how to build the initial shape and how to do the inlay. [27 minutes]

  • Flag Box (#105)

    Veterans fold the flag for a box that feature splines made from live oak from the USS Constitution. [27 minutes]

  • Shaker-Inspired Night Stand (#106)

    The Shaker-Inspired Night Stand is one of Tommy's favorite projects. This particular piece really shows off Tommy's style in using rough cut lumber and shows how Tommy can put a contemporary spin on a traditional piece. In this episode, Tommy explains techniques for mortise and tenon joinery, as well as how to taper a leg. He also heads to the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where he meets up with Steve Brown, the head of the school's Cabinet and Furniture-making department. Later, Steve lends a hand back in Tommy's shop. [27 minutes]

  • Finishes (#107)

    Tommy is the first to say, finishes are an art unto themselves. That's why he dedicated an entire episode to this topic featuring two very talented finishers, Christine Thomson, a period finisher from Salem, Massachusetts, and Mark Libby, a local finisher who has worked with Tommy for years. In this episode, Tommy provides detailed project instruction for work requiring a finishing technique. He visits Christine's shop to see some of her techniques, and later, Mark Libby swings by Tommy's shop. [26 minutes]

  • Keepsake Box (#108)

    Tommy builds the small box and explains how to create the herringbone veneer pattern for the top. [27 minutes]

  • Serving Tray (#109)

    Tommy discusses the technique of creating complicated compound angles to create the serving tray. [27 minutes]

  • Blanket Chest (#110)

    A blanket chest is built that demonstrates basic frame construction, and mortise and tenon joinery. [27 minutes]

  • Chippendale Footstool (#111)

    The s-curve legs and ball and claw feet are the dramatic features of Tommy's Chippendale footstool. [27 minutes]

  • Bread Box (#112)

    Tommy demonstrates the techniques for constructing the bread box and building the tambour door. [27 minutes]

  • Trellis (#113)

    Tommy guides viewers through the process of building a trellis, perfect for any outdoor space. [27 minutes]

  • Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror (#201)

    [27 minutes]

  • Arts and Crafts-Style Chair (#202)

    [27 minutes]

  • Pie Crust Tray (#203)

    [27 minutes]

  • Serving Cart (#204)

    [27 minutes]

  • Drop-Leaf Table (#205)

    [27 minutes]

  • Turned Floor Lamp (#206)

    [26 minutes]

  • Standing Mirror (#207)

    [27 minutes]

  • Veneered Coffee Table with Metal Frame (#208)

    [27 minutes]

  • Laminated Coat Rack (#209)

    [27 minutes]

  • Console Table/Hdtv Stand (#210)

    [27 minutes]

  • Sand Shaded Clock (#211)

    [26 minutes]

  • Simple Case Construction Book Case (#212)

    [27 minutes]

  • Potting Station (#213)

    [27 minutes]

  • Coopered Leg Table (#301)

    A beautiful ambrosia maple Coopered Leg Table that is perfect for a dining room or office is made. [27 minutes]

  • Workbench (#302)

    A workbench with mortise and tenon joinery and a beautiful solid maple top is created. [27 minutes]

  • Barley Twist Lamp (#303)

    Tommy tackles the difficult technique of off-set turning on a lathe when he makes this unique lamp. [27 minutes]

  • Mitered Hall Table (#304)

    Tommy shows how he achieves the look of one continuous grain pattern by interpreting the wood. [27 minutes]

  • Dovetailed Toolbox (#305)

    Tommy will demonstrate how to achieve the striking dovetail joinery found on his toolbox. [27 minutes]

  • Steam Bent Chair (#306)

    Tommy builds a beautiful, sleek steam bent lounge chair - perfect for inside and out. [27 minutes]

  • Carved Frame (#307)

    Tommy builds a beautiful Mahogany Frame with Hand-Carved Lettering. [27 minutes]

  • Bamboo Vanity (#308)

    Tommy makes a simple Bamboo Vanity perfect as a base cabinet in a kitchen or bathroom. [27 minutes]

  • Laminated Bowl (#309)

    Tommy shows a super efficient method to make this bowl and crafting it to perfection on the lathe. [27 minutes]

  • Demilune Table (#310)

    Tommy builds a classic Demilune Table with a stunning antique looking veneer belt. [27 minutes]

  • Free Standing Deck (#311)

    Tommy will focus on the basics of frame construction and installing a solid support system. [26 minutes]

  • Platform Bed (#312)

    Tommy joins forces with actor and woodworker, Nick Offerman, to create a Platform Bed. [27 minutes]

  • Media Center (#313)

    Tommy visits Jim Craig, legendary hockey goalie, to create a Media Center, fit for a gold medal. [27 minutes]

  • Bent Lamination Chair (#401)

    [27 minutes]

  • Pine Chest (#402)

    [26 minutes]

  • Glass Desk Lamp (#404)

    An art glass table lamp with triple-mitered corners is made and a glass-making school is visited. [26 minutes]

  • Federal Hall Table (#405)

    Federal embellishments are showcased at the Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design. [27 minutes]

  • Rice Paper Divider (#406)

    An elegant and versatile bass wood room divider and a shoji workshop in Queens, NY are highlighted. [27 minutes]

  • Bookstand (#407)

    A frame and panel bookstand is built. Silas Kopf showcases his unique brand of marquetry. [27 minutes]

  • Bird House (#408)

    Three bird houses are built and bird-specific design is discussed. [27 minutes]

  • Baseball Bat Bed (#409)

    A baseball bat bed is perfect for any kids room. The Axis Bat Factory in Massachusetts is visited. [26 minutes]

  • Chairs X 2 (#410)

    A chair is built and then duplicated to make a set to highlight the advantages of mass production. [27 minutes]

  • Pub Table (#411)

    A draw leaf table and the secret that allows good leaves to appear and disappear are showcased. [27 minutes]

  • Kitchen Scraps (#412)

    Kitchen items, including a rolling pin, pepper grinder and ice cream scoop, are easily made. [26 minutes]

  • Garden Bench (#413)

    Tommy showcases the intricacies of making a simple garden bench really sparkle. [27 minutes]

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