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Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking

Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking

The Emmy-nominated series ROUGH CUT returns for season eight with new host Tom McLaughlin, who has been making and designing commissioned, custom furniture since 1990. In each half-hour episode, design inspiration is turned into easy-to-follow projects for woodworkers at every skill level. Tom teaches the latest wood crafting techniques, as well as tips and instruction for how to create projects that can be passed down for generations. 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 the new season of Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin crafts a refined, clean, and light Shaker-inspired hall table out of gorgeous cherry using mostly hand tools. From the elegant tapered legs, to the undercut beveled edge along the top, this table offers a chance to get back to basics with extraordinary results. Techniques include using a hand plane, skimming, creating basic mortise and tenons, and chiseling pocket holes.

Host Tom McLaughlin welcomes guest and veteran woodworker Terry Moore to his wood shop this week on Rough Cut with Fine 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.

In this week's episode of Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin makes a Shaker-inspired blanket chest with drawer and bracket feet using an exterior of cherry and interior of white pine panels. He focuses on how to make a traditional drawer and usse a special jig to create dovetail corners. This chest is functional, but is also a classic piece that's bolstered by its distinct design.

Inspired by the nearby Shaker Village, host Tom McLaughlin collaborates with guest John Ryan to craft authentic reproduction Shaker oval boxes out of cherry. These boxes are iconic because of their utility and potential for customization in size and shape. John shows Tom his Shaker technique for bending strips of wood around a form, creating a smooth and beautiful Shaker box.

Host Tom McLaughlin shares his technique for making a Craftsman-style dining chair out of white oak this week on Rough Cut with Fine 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 also adds an upholstered seat to the piece, helping make this chair both functional and comfortable.

This week on Rough Cut with Fine 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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