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Classic Woodworking

Classic Woodworking

In CLASSIC WOODWORKING, custom furniture-maker Tom McLaughlin turns design inspiration into easy-to-follow projects for woodworkers at every skill level. He teaches the latest wood crafting techniques, as well as tips and instruction for how to create projects that will stand the test of time. Projects this season include: a Craftsman-style dining chair in white oak; a Shaker-style hall table in cherry; a hanging bow front cabinet in American ash; a tilt-top round breakfast table in curly maple; a live-edge coffee table made from New England walnut; and much more.

Latest Episodes

In this episode of Classic Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin shares his contemporary take on a classic design: the Adirondack lawn chair. Using cypress, Tom shows how to cut a comfortable curve into the seat and back of this chair. The mitered joint on the arm rest is an additional detail which makes for a smooth, slanting arm that resolves into a drink holder. Expect to enjoy time outdoors in this updated version of an old favorite.

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Sat Sep 7th, 4:30pm

Host Tom McLaughlin shares his technique for making a Craftsman-style dining chair out of white oak on this episode of Classic Woodworking. It's an example of mortise and tenon chair construction employing peg joinery and traditional chair making, amplified with details that modernize the honest construction of the Craftsman period. Tom will also add an upholstered seat to the piece, helping make this chair both functional and comfortable.

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Sat Sep 14th, 4:30pm

On this episode of Classic Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin welcomes his friend and neighbor David Lamb, a New Hampshire furniture master, to his shop. They share tips for making an end table out of contrasting walnut and butternut and this one is all about the details. David shows how to carve unique design elements while Tom heads to the lathe for some turning. A contemporary design, this end table provides a great opportunity to play with artistic details!

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Sat Oct 5th, 4:30pm

Host Tom McLaughlin shares the design for his hanging tool cabinet - a piece that personalizes any shop - on this episode of Classic Woodworking. Tom uses a jig for the corners and a veneer panel for the front; then he'll hinge and mount the doors and provide guidance on how to create an interior customized for any collection of tools.

This Classic Woodworking project showcases the elegance of live edge black walnut. Host Tom McLaughlin makes a spectacular coffee table with a waterfall end and wood base that creates a cantilevered effect. Tom will also show us how to use hand tools to make a beautiful bowtie inlay.

Host Tom McLaughlin welcomes guest and veteran woodworker Terry Moore to his wood shop on this episode of Classic Woodworking. Terry shares his technique for designing a dramatic sunburst walnut veneer pattern on a round side table while Tom heads to the lathe to show how to turn an Art Deco-inspired column. The two collaborate on the cross lapped joinery feet and the end result is an elegant, smooth, intriguing piece which is very pleasing to the eye.

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