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Rough Cut- Woodworking With Tommy Mac; Blanket Chest


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Rough Cut- Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Blanket Chest
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ROUGH CUT - WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC invites viewers into the world of respected furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, as he 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. In each episode, MacDonald shares his skills and best practices, providing detailed project instructions for anyone interested in learning the basics of the craft. For the more experienced enthusiast, Tommy also showcases his more complex projects with advanced tips and techniques. Each half-hour includes three segments: "Basic Woodworking Techniques," "Weekend Projects" and "The Field Trip."

Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac is produced by WGBH Boston and distributed by American Public Television. Series release date: 10/2/2010

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0110 – Blanket Chest/Whipple House Episode 10 – Blanket Chest

The blanket chest has been around since the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts in the 1600s. In this episode, 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. He also stops by the Whipple House in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to speak with artisan Rob Tarule. Later, his friend and fellow woodworker, Al D’Attanasio, stops by the shop for a chat.

Resources: Marking Gauge Mortiser Carving Chisels Plunge Router

Field Trip: Whipple House, Ipswich, MA

Questions and Answers: Repairing Holes

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Donnelly, Laurie (Series Producer)
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