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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

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

  • KET2 Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, May 3 at 1:00 pm 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, April 26 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, April 30 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 pm 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.

  • KET Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, May 17 at 1:00 pm 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.

  • KET Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, May 24 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, May 21 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, May 28 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, June 7 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

  • KET Wednesday, June 4 at 5:30 am EDT
  • KET2 Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 pm EDT

Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror #201 [TV-G]
Tommy tackles a Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror. The details and joinery in the project including finger joints, cloud lifts, and drawer construction are explained.

  • KET2 Saturday, June 21 at 1:00 pm EDT

Arts and Crafts-Style Chair #202 [TV-G]
The chair's legs, arms, and back are made, mostly through standard mortise and tenon joinery.

  • KET2 Saturday, June 28 at 1:00 pm EDT

Pie Crust Tray #203 [TV-G]
Tommy and Eli Cleveland walk through the turning and carving techniques needed to make a traditional pie crust tray.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 5 at 1:00 pm EDT

Serving Cart #204 [TV-G]
Tommy makes a practical serving cart, essential for any kitchen, out of scrap tiger maple.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 12 at 1:00 pm EDT

Drop-Leaf Table #205 [TV-G]
This table features a beautiful Shaker-type style. The finger joints are fun to learn to make.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 pm EDT

Turned Floor Lamp #206 [TV-G]
Tommy demonstrates the turning technique by using a lathe and how to turn cove and bead shapes.

  • KET2 Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT

Standing Mirror #207 [TV-G]
Paul Schurch demonstrates basic marquetry at his studios in Santa Barbara, California.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT

Veneered Coffee Table with Metal Frame #208 [TV-G]
Tommy builds the coffee table and teaches some basic veneering techniques. He is joined by fellow woodworker Laura Fuoco.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT

Laminated Coat Rack #209 [TV-G]
Tommy teaches basic geometric patterns using different species of wood by stack laminating. Studio artist David Ebner makes his famous Scallion Coat Rack - a project that teaches both lamination and turning techniques.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT

Console Table/HDTV Stand #210 [TV-G]
Tommy looks at the technique of bending wood for his console table/HDTV stand project. To get some inspiration, Tommy meets with the curator of the Brooklyn Museum.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT

Sand Shaded Clock #211 [TV-G]
Tommy takes a look at the art of sand shading, a technique dating back to the ancient Egyptians. He demonstrates how this art form can be uniquely applied to his sand shaded clock project. Tommy heads to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

  • KET2 Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT

Simple Case Construction Book Case #212 [TV-G]
Tommy discusses project design and explains how to do basic mortise and tenon joinery for a simple case construction bookcase project. He takes a road trip to the Furniture Divas exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

  • KET2 Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm 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, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT
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