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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

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
  • KET Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 am EST

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
  • KET Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 am EST

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
  • KET Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30 am EST

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
  • KET Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 am EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, September 23 at 5:30 am 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
  • KET Wednesday, November 25 at 5:30 am EST

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.

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

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

  • KET2 Saturday, October 3 at 2:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, December 2 at 5:30 am EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 am EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, October 10 at 2:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:30 am EST

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

  • KET Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30 am EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 5:30 am EST

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.

  • KET Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30 am EDT

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

  • KET2 Saturday, October 24 at 2:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, December 23, 2015 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 31 at 2:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:30 am EST

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

  • KET2 Saturday, November 7 at 2:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 5:30 am EST
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