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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

Steam Bent Chair #306 [TV-G]
Tommy builds a beautiful, sleek steam bent lounge chair - perfect for inside and out.

  • KET Wednesday, May 20 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, May 23 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, July 22 at 5:30 am EDT

Carved Frame #307 [TV-G]
Tommy builds a beautiful mahogany frame with hand-carved lettering.

  • KET Wednesday, May 27 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, May 30 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, July 29 at 5:30 am EDT

Bamboo Vanity #308 [TV-G]
Tommy makes a simple bamboo vanity perfect as a base cabinet in a kitchen or bathroom.

  • KET Wednesday, June 3 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, August 5 at 5:30 am EDT

Laminated Bowl #309 [TV-G]
Tommy shows a super efficient method to make this bowl and craft it to perfection on the lathe.

  • KET Wednesday, June 10 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, June 13 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 am EDT

Demilune Table #310 [TV-G]
Tommy builds a classic Demilune table with a stunning antique looking veneer belt.

  • KET Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30 am 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, June 20 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, August 19 at 5:30 am EDT

Free Standing Deck #311 [TV-G]
Tommy will focus on the basics of frame construction and installing a solid support system.

  • KET Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 am 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 5:30 am EDT

Platform Bed #312 [TV-G]
Tommy joins forces with actor and woodworker, Nick Offerman, to create a platform bed.

  • KET Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 am 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

  • KET2 Saturday, July 4 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 5:30 am EDT

Media Center #313 [TV-G]
Tommy visits Jim Craig, legendary hockey goalie, to create a media center.

  • KET Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 am 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 9, 2015 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.

  • KET Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 am 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, September 16, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 5:30 am EDT
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