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As with past seasons, the projects of Season 4 are designed to appeal to both the weekend warrior and the hardcore woodworker alike. Tommy brings his woodworking expertise to everything from a beautiful glass desk lamp with an amazing geometric design to a bright red bent lamination chair. There’s a birdhouse, a memory box and even a bed on the docket. Tommy knows the devil is in the details, so he’ll be calling out the techniques as well — viewers will learn the ins and outs of dovetails, mortise and tenon joinery, federal embellishments, veneering and more.
Our Rough Cut Road Trips took us all over New England from the Tremont Nail factory to see how nails are hand-forged to a museum at the Rhode Island School of Design, which featured some wonderful federal furniture. New this year, host Tommy MacDonald visits a bird sanctuary and picks up tips on how to make a birdhouse inviting to the feathered friend. Look for the special “Boston Strong” episode featuring woodworker and Boston Police Chief Ed Davis, who shows he has more talents than just keeping the city safe.
It’s tables, bowls, barrels and more as Tommy takes it to the woodworking limits in Season 03 of Rough Cut. On road trips to Napa Valley, the Berkshires and Rhode Island Tommy learns the secrets of the masters and applies time-tested techniques and time-saving tricks to his own projects back in the workshop.
This season, Tommy heads out of the workshop to gain design inspiration in New York and California, as well as around the show’s home base in New England. Then it’s back to the shop with new ideas and inspiration.
Follow Tommy as he travels to historical New England landmarks to gain design inspiration, then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques it takes to create comprehensive woodworking projects.