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This series demonstrates traditional furniture making.

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Rocky Bentwood Cradle Show #3501 [TV-G]
Roy rives, shapes, and bends the ash wood bows for a rocking cradle based on one spotted in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.

  • KET Wednesday, September 30 at 5:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Monday, November 23 at 6:00 pm EST

Rocky Bentwood Cradle Show II #3502 [TV-G]
Roy completes the rocking cradle with pine sides and rockers, and makes a lathe-turned carrier bar to join it all together.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 3 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Monday, November 30 at 6:00 pm EST

Combination Planes #3307 [TV-G]
Roy attempts to replace a chest of molding planes with one complex metal contraption.

  • KET2 Monday, October 5 at 6:00 pm EDT

Stamp Out Cookie Carving! #3503 [TV-G]
Woodcarver Mary May carves springerle cookie molds for every occasion from apple and cherry wood.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 10 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 am EDT

Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee #3308 [TV-G]
The master joiner of Plimoth Plantation shows how to frame a small, mortised, and tenoned chest in the old English style.

  • KET2 Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm EDT

Double Drawer Shaker Table #3504 [TV-G]
Roy cuts the tricky mortise and tenon joints for the legs and frame of this famous Shaker table.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 17 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00 am EDT

Paneled Chest with Peter Follansbee #3309 [TV-G]
A master joiner shows Roy how to make and fit the beveled panels and storage till into a framed chest from the Pilgrim era.

  • KET2 Monday, October 19 at 6:00 pm EDT

Groovers & Shakers #3505 [TV-G]
Roy explores the dovetailed and grooved construction techniques of Shaker drawers.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 24 at 3:30 pm EDT
  • KET Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00 am EST

Early Iron with Peter Ross #3310 [TV-G]
Master blacksmith Peter Ross shows how to forge iron hinges and locks from the earliest days of the American experience.

  • KET2 Monday, October 26 at 6:00 pm EST

Turning Shaker Knobs #3506 [TV-G]
Roy turns the cherry knobs for Shaker furniture and shows how to finish a joined table top.

  • KET2 Saturday, October 31 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 4 at 5:00 am EST

Try Square with Christopher Schwarz #3311 [TV-G]
Chris Schwarz shows Roy how to measure up with an English try square based on the examples in the famous Benjamin Seaton tool chest.

  • KET2 Monday, November 2 at 6:00 pm EST

Cross Cut Conundrum #3507 [TV-G]
A cross-cutting wood saw seems the most simple of tools, but Roy finds sharp lessons.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 7 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 11 at 5:00 am EST

Dutch Tool Chest with Christopher Schwarz #3312 [TV-G]
Learn to make the simple and useful Dutch tool chest with its characteristic 30-degree slanted lid.

  • KET2 Monday, November 9 at 6:00 pm EST

Bowl Carving with Peter Follansbee #3508 [TV-G]
Master craftsman Peter Follansbee joins Roy to hew huge bowls from poplar and sycamore wood.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 14 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 am EST

Big Ash Mallet! #3313 [TV-G]
With ash head and hickory handle, Roy shows how to make a proper joiner's mallet for the ages.

  • KET2 Monday, November 16 at 6:00 pm EST

Hollows & Rounds #3509 [TV-G]
Basic molding planes prove the most versatile when making and using wooden hollows and rounds.

  • KET2 Saturday, November 21 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00 am EST

Welsh Stick Chair #3510 [TV-G]
Roy makes a country cousin of the Windsor chair using the same tools and techniques as the original craftsman.

  • KET Wednesday, December 2 at 5:00 am EST
  • KET2 Saturday, December 12 at 3:30 pm EST

Welsh Stick Chair II #3511 [TV-G]
Roy shapes spindles and backs for a proper sit-down for this Welsh stick chair.

  • KET2 Saturday, December 5 at 3:30 pm EST
  • KET Wednesday, December 9 at 5:00 am EST
  • KET2 Saturday, December 19 at 3:30 pm EST

Tool Smithing with Peter Ross #3512 [TV-G]
Dividers, calipers and turning tools take shape as master blacksmith Peter Ross shows Roy the art of tool-making.

  • KET Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00 am EST
  • KET2 Saturday, December 26 at 3:30 pm EST

Plain Pine Box #3513 [TV-G]
Roy looks into the simplest form of furniture, the plain pine box.

  • KET Wednesday, December 23 at 5:00 am EST
  • KET2 Saturday, January 2 at 3:30 pm EST
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