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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

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.

  • KET Wednesday, July 22 at 5:30 am EDT

Chippendale Footstool #111 [TV-G]
The s-curve legs and ball and claw feet are the dramatic features of Tommy's Chippendale footstool. Many furniture makers get defeated by the ball and claw, but Tommy stops by master carver Will Neptune's shop to get tips on an incredibly easy way to break it down.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 23 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.

  • KET Wednesday, July 29 at 5:30 am EDT

Bread Box #112 [TV-G]
The tambour door has been around for hundreds of years, and though it looks like it would be hard to construct, it is made of just a few slats of wood stuck onto a canvas. Tommy demonstrates the techniques for constructing the bread box and building the tambour door.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 1 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 am EDT

Octagonal Lazy Susan #104 [TV-G]
Tommy gets a behind-the-scenes peek at Historic New England, a massive warehouse of historic artifacts and furniture that is not open to the public. Back in the shop, fellow North Bennet Street School graduate Eli Cleveland joins Tommy to build the Lazy Susan.

  • KET Wednesday, August 5 at 5:30 am EDT

Trellis #113 [TV-G]
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, Mass., to see a variety of magnificent trellises.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 am EDT

Flag Box #105 [TV-G]
Tommy builds a Flag Box, perfect for housing the American flag. He welcomes five retired members of the military into the shop to help him fold the flag for the box. And to add another dimension, the box itself features splines made from live oak from the USS Constitution.

  • KET Wednesday, August 12 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, August 15 at 1:00 pm EDT

Shaker-Inspired Night Stand #106 [TV-G]
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.

  • KET Wednesday, August 19 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, August 22 at 1:00 pm EDT

Finishes #107 [TV-G]
Talented Christine Thomson, a period finisher from Salem, Mass., and Mark Libby, a local finisher who has worked with Tommy for years join him for 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.

  • KET Wednesday, August 26 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, August 29 at 1:00 pm EDT

Keepsake Box #108 [TV-G]
Tommy demonstrates how to build a keepsake box and then explains how to create the magnificent herringbone veneer pattern for the top. Then, Tommy takes a trip to the John Adams House in Quincy, Mass., to see one of John Adams's desks, covered in spectacular veneer and banding. Later, Tommy is joined in his shop by Neil Lamens of

  • KET Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 am EDT

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, September 5 at 1:00 pm EDT

Serving Tray #109 [TV-G]
Though the serving tray in this episode may look simple, it involves a complicated compound angle that defeats many woodworkers. But, Tommy has a trick that makes compound angles easy. He provides detailed instruction and discusses the technique of creating compound angles.

  • KET Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30 am EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, September 12 at 2:30 pm EDT

Blanket Chest #110 [TV-G]
The blanket chest has been around since the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts in the 1600s. Tommy builds one that demonstrates basic frame construction, and mortise and tenon joinery. And, he shares his techniques for carving a special feature of the box that is dramatic, yet simple.

  • KET Wednesday, September 16 at 5:30 am EDT

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, September 19 at 2:30 pm EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, September 26 at 2:30 pm EDT
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