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Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac - Tips and Techniques

Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac invites viewers into the workshop of Boston native and fine furniture maker Thomas J. MacDonald, a graduate of the famed Boston-based North Bennet Street School. The show follows Tommy as he travels to historical American landmarks to gain design inspiration, then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques it takes to create comprehensive woodworking projects.In these short clips Tommy shares his skills, best practices, tips and techniques giving the opportunity for anyone with an interest in woodworking, novice to advanced, to learn and excel at the craft.

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The Workbench

Tommy talks about his favorite tool, the workbench!

31 May 2012

Rank #1

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RC402 Pine Chest

Who doesnt need a nice pine chest for storing blankets and other things around the home? For this episode of Rough Cut, we build a simple Pine Chest, based on a 17th century design. For the accents, we visit Tremont Nail in Massachusetts, one of the few

15 Dec 2014

Rank #2

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RC413 Garden Bench

Who doesnt need a nice garden bench for their outdoor spaces? In the season finale of Rough Cut, Tommy shows us the intricacies of making a simple garden bench really sparkle. Move over Adirondack Chair, this is a garden bench you absolutely cant live w

15 Dec 2014

Rank #3

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RC410 Contemporary Chairs

This week on Rough Cut, we show the advantages to mass production by building a chair and then showing how we can duplicate their chair to make a set of four or six. Its easier than you think!

15 Dec 2014

Rank #4

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RC509 Gate Leg Table

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.

28 Jan 2015

Rank #5

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RC411-Drawtable

This week on Rough Cut, well be building a versatile draw leaf table and show you the secret that allows good leaves to appear and disappear whenever you need them. Lending a hand in the shop is a special guest Eli Cleveland, Rough Cuts technical adviso

15 Dec 2014

Rank #6

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Hand Planes 101

Tommy gives a rundown of his most useful hand planes in the workshop.

4 Jan 2012

Rank #7

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RC508 Hall Tree and Bench

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.

28 Jan 2015

Rank #8

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RC408 Bird Houses

This weeks Rough Cut is officially for the birds. Were going to build three bird houses and talk about bird-specific design. For our Rough Cut Road Trip, well visit with a few feathery friends, and find out what THEY look for in a home and join our goo

15 Dec 2014

Rank #9

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RC505 Simple SHaker Night Stand and FInishes

Tommy teaches viewers how to make a classic Shaker-inspired nightstand after he learns from the pros in Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH.

22 Jan 2015

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RC503 Pencil Post Bed

Tommy shows us how to make a queen sized pencil post bed with tapered octagonal posts.

22 Jan 2015

Rank #11

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Laguna Bandsaw Season 5 Tip

Laguna Bandsaw Season 5 Tip

12 Dec 2014

Rank #12

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RC502 Arts and Crafts Rocking Chair

Tommy 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.

20 Jan 2015

Rank #13

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Measuring Devices

Tommy reviews a variety of measuring devices used in woodworking.

6 Jan 2012

Rank #14

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RC405 Federal Hall Table

With this episode of Rough Cut, well bring you back to the 1700s and look at some of the federal embellishments at the Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design. Back in the shop, Tommy and Eli show viewers an effortless way to really make yo

15 Dec 2014

Rank #15

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Sharpening a Hand Plane

Getting your hand planes razor sharp.

18 Jan 2012

Rank #16

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RC407 Bookstand

Podcast Episode This week on Rough Cut, well build a frame and panel bookstand thats perfect for any room. And for our Rough Cut Road trip, were heading to western Massachusetts to hang out with the legendary Silas Kopf, to see how he creates his uniqu

15 Dec 2014

Rank #17

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Shop Basics-Saws

A good saw is music to Tommy's ears!

30 Jan 2012

Rank #18

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RC501 Patio Prep Station

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.

20 Jan 2015

Rank #19

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Scrapers 101

Using scrapers and knowing how to tune them up properly.

18 Jan 2012

Rank #20