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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

Linen Press, Part One #506 [TV-G]
Tommy shows how to design and build a linen press, starting with the frame and drawers.

  • KET2 Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 pm EST

Queen Anne Table #511 [TV-G]
Tommy visits the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago and creates a Queen Anne table with curved legs.

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

Linen Press, Part Two #507 [TV-G]
Tommy finishes his stunning, cherry wood linen press by completing the upper element, the wardrobe.

  • KET2 Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 pm EST

Frank Lloyd Wright Light Pendants #512 [TV-G]
Tommy embarks on his second Frank Lloyd Wright style project, the Light Pendant.

  • KET Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 am EST
  • KET2 Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 pm EDT

Hall Tree and Bench #508 [TV-G]
Marc Spagnuolo makes a hall tree and bench, which can add both elegance and convenience to any home.

  • KET2 Saturday, April 4 at 1:00 pm EST

China Cabinet #513 [TV-G]
Tommy works with friend Al D'Attanasio to build a china cabinet perfect for any home.

  • KET Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 pm EDT

Gate Leg Table #509 [TV-G]
Tommy tours the North Bennet Street School and learns something new about the gate leg table.

  • KET2 Saturday, April 11 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30 am EDT

Shaker Style Clock #510 [TV-G]
Tommy visits a Shaker Village to learn about a Shaker, old-time staple, the Shaker Style Clock.

  • KET2 Saturday, April 18 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, April 22 at 5:30 am 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, April 29 at 5:30 am EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 am EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, May 13 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, May 16 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, July 1, 2015 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, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, July 8, 2015 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, 2015 at 1:00 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.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm 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, 2015 at 1:00 pm 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, 2015 at 1:00 pm 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, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT
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