Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac

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Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac is a woodworking television show hosted by carpenter and woodworker Thomas J. MacDonald that is produced by WGBH Boston. The show is distributed by American Public Television.



The show is presented as an instructional woodworking tutorial in which Tommy Mac guides the viewer through the necessary steps to create tables, cabinets, chairs, and many more artisan woodworks. Each episode features a particular creation, and chronicles Tommy’s work from conception to completion, thus allowing the viewer to replicate the work in their own shop. The show displays a range of woodworking skills and techniques, from the very basic to the highly advanced, enabling viewers of any skill level to learn more about the craft. Often, Tommy is joined by regular helpers, and occasionally episodes will feature other woodworking experts. Several episodes with the title “Master Showcase”, will focus on a notable woodworker, and their body of work. More recent episodes have featured Tommy traveling across the United States to collaborate with new experts, and learn more about the history of the craft.


The series is broadcast on public television stations (mostly PBS stations), and the Create network.


The first and second season were released on DVD. There are no current plans for future seasons to be released.


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