Hailed as “one of the best woodworkers today” by The Boston Globe, Tommy MacDonald, host of the Emmy® Award-nominated public television series Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac takes us into his shop as he builds the 12 projects from the first season of this highly acclaimed public television show. Here in this companionbook, Tommy shows readers how to create beautiful pieces of furniture while also teaching key woodworking skills. Projects range from a small wall-hung shelf to a serving tray, blanket chest, and trestle table; and all feature measured drawings, a materials list, and step-by-step photos. Peppered throughout are tips, techniques, and woodworking fundamentals.
Renowned woodworker THOMAS J. MacDONALD graduated from the North Bennet Street School in Boston’s North End in 2002. Since then, he’s been featured in Forbes Magazine, Fine Woodworking, and The Boston Globe. He’s been honored to have his furniture displayed at the Massachusetts Historical Society, The Pendleton House at RISD's Museum of Art and the Concord Museum. He lives in Canton, Massachusetts.
LAURIE DONNELLY is the Executive Producer in charge of WGBH-TV Lifestyle Programming and is the Executive Producer/Director of Rough Cut. Laurie lives right outside of Boston.
In this easy-to-use, straightforward guidebook, master carpenter MacDonald energetically builds on the success of his popular PBS television show by passionately sharing the techniques required to build twelve projects. Rather than urging people to make the perfect bookcase or footstool or breadbox, he counsels that it’s okay to make mistakes and that woodworkers, whether accomplished or aspiring, don’t need to feel the burden of getting it “just right” on any single project. Each chapter is chock full of illustrations and detailed diagrams of the individual pieces that compose the project; a thorough materials list and list of power and hand tools required for the project; detailed and numbered step-by-step instructions for the project; sidebars on safety and T-Mac tips on technique; and a sidebar on a road trip on which MacDonald finds the inspiration for the project. Each chapter focuses on a particular technique that can be mastered for other projects. When you make a keepsake box, for example, you’re also learning how to reinforce miter joints with splines. MacDonald’s a loving evangelist for his craft, and both his television show and this book are likely to win many converts. (Nov.) --Publishers Weekly