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Furniture maker Tommy MacDonald 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.

TV Schedule

Coopered Leg Table #301 [TV-G]
Tommy creates a beautiful ambrosia maple Coopered Leg Table - perfect for a dining room or office.

  • KET Wednesday, September 10 at 5:30 am EDT

Potting Station #213 [TV-G]
The final project of the season is a potting station, perfect for any outdoor gardening space. To gather inspiration for the project, Tommy heads to the Massachusetts Horticultural Association in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 pm EDT

Workbench #302 [TV-G]
Tommy makes a workbench with mortise and tenon joinery and a beautiful solid maple top.

  • KET Wednesday, September 17 at 5:30 am EDT

Trestle Table #101 [TV-G]
Tommy handpicks a piece of local New England black walnut to construct the table, demonstrating how to make mortise and tenon joints, spring joints for the table top, and bread board ends to prevent the wood from warping.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 20 at 1:00 pm EDT

Barley Twist Lamp #303 [TV-G]
Tommy tackles the difficult technique of off-set turning on a lathe when he makes a Barley Twist Lamp.

  • KET Wednesday, September 24 at 5:30 am EDT

Shaker-Inspired Step Stool #102 [TV-G]
This simple piece serves as the perfect introduction to woodworking, and throughout the program Tommy explores the technique of making dovetails.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 27 at 1:00 pm EDT

Mitered Hall Table #304 [TV-G]
Tommy makes a mitered hall table out of one giant slab of figured maple.

  • KET Wednesday, October 1 at 5:30 am EDT

Wall Cabinet #103 [TV-G]
Tommy travels to Boston's Old North Church to gain inspiration for his newest project. After this trip, he returns to the workshop to build a wall cabinet, which features detailed moldings such as a dentil, cove, and quarter round.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 4 at 1:00 pm EDT

Dovetailed Toolbox #305 [TV-G]
Tommy will demonstrate how to achieve the striking dovetail joinery found on his toolbox.

  • KET Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 am EDT

Bent Lamination Chair #401 [TV-G]
An amazing bent lamination chair and the International Contemporary Furniture Show are highlighted.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 11 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 15 at 5:30 am EDT

Pine Chest #402 [TV-G]
A simple pine chest is based on a 17th century design. Tremont Nail in Massachusetts, one of the few steel manufacturers still making nails from scratch, is visited.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 22 at 5:30 am EDT

Memory Box #403 [TV-G]
Boston Police Chief Ed David shares memories of the Boston Marathon bombings and makes a memory box.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30 am EST

Glass Desk Lamp #404 [TV-G]
An art glass table lamp with triple-mitered corners is made and a glass-making school is visited.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 1 at 1:00 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 am EST

Federal Hall Table #405 [TV-G]
Federal embellishments are showcased at the Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 8 at 1:00 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 12 at 5:30 am EST

Rice Paper Divider #406 [TV-G]
An elegant and versatile bass wood room divider and a shoji workshop in New York City are highlighted.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 15 at 1:00 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 19 at 5:30 am EST

Bookstand #407 [TV-G]
A frame and panel bookstand is built. Silas Kopf showcases his unique brand of marquetry.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 22 at 1:00 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 26 at 5:30 am EST

Bird House #408 [TV-G]
Three bird houses are built and bird-specific design is discussed.

  • KET Wednesday, December 3 at 5:30 am EST

Baseball Bat Bed #409 [TV-G]
A baseball bat bed is perfect for any kids room. The Axis Bat Factory in Massachusetts is visited.

  • KET Wednesday, December 10 at 5:30 am EST

Chairs X 2 #410 [TV-G]
A chair is built and then duplicated to make a set to highlight the advantages of mass production.

  • KET Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5:30 am EST

Pub Table #411 [TV-G]
A draw leaf table and the secret that allows good leaves to appear and disappear are showcased.

  • KET Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 5:30 am EST

Kitchen Scraps #412 [TV-G]
Kitchen items, including a rolling pin, pepper grinder, and ice cream scoop, are easily made.

  • KET Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:30 am EST

Garden Bench #413 [TV-G]
Tommy showcases the intricacies of making a simple garden bench really sparkle.

  • KET Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 5:30 am EST
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