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Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac Season 3 Projects

Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac
Season Three: Fascinating Projects & Celebrity Guests

Woodcraft is pleased to provide major funding for the third season of Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac, a WGBH Boston public television production that was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy® Award and claimed three Telly Awards in its first two seasons. The season three opener will air Saturday, October 6 (check local listings or visit

Tommy MacDonald pauses during construction of the Dovetailed Toolbox he built during a season three episode of Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The season three opener airs Oct. 6 on public television stations nationwide.

“Host Tommy MacDonald and the Rough Cut crew continue to deliver exciting, top-quality woodworking projects and supporting techniques that appeal to woodworkers of all skill levels – a great fit for Woodcraft, since the company strives to provide the best woodworking products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers,” Woodcraft President Jody Garrett said.

Celebrity projects highlight season three’s 13-episode lineup. Tommy travels to Los Angeles to visit the woodshop of Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit series Parks and Recreation. Offerman, an accomplished woodworker and proprietor of the Offerman Woodshop, joins forces with Tommy to build a King-Sized Platform Bed, featuring a stunning live-edge ambrosia maple headboard.

In the final episode, Tommy visits Jim Craig, legendary goalie for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team that claimed the Olympic gold medal. (Click on the left photo for the final minute winning video).

In a room dominated by flat screen televisions…









…Tommy is able to create a spectacular Cherry Media Center that allows Craig to display a few other prized possessions.

In addition to the “celebrity pieces,” Rough Cut viewers will also watch Tommy build a Coopered Leg Table, Workbench, Barley Twist Lamp, Mitered Hall Table, Dovetailed Toolbox, Steam Bent Lounge Chair, Carved Frame, Bamboo Vanity, Laminated Bowl, Demilune Table, and a Freestanding Deck – projects for all skill levels. The tool box pictured below will be filled with tools by Woodcraft as part of a 31 Days of  Christmas Sweepstakes giveaway offered by Popular Woodworking. Stay tuned for more information!

Within each half-hour episode, Tommy goes over the step-by-step process of building his projects, while offering special “T-Mac tips” on technique.


Joining Tommy in his shop are series favorites – Eli Cleveland, North Bennet Street School graduate; Boston-based woodworker Al D’Attanasio, and Steve Brown of the North Bennet Street School.


Other road trips include Rhode Island to visit the world-famous Johnson and Wales University Culinary School at Providence and the International Yacht Restoration School at Newport, home of The Coronet, one of the world’s most famous sailing vessels; The Berkshires, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the USS Salem, a U.S. Navy ship from World War II.

“Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac has given viewers a step-by-step, entertaining look into the creative world of woodworking,” says executive producer Laurie Donnelly. “Viewers have really responded to Tommy and his woodworking. We hope they will be as excited for the third season as we are.”

WGBH Boston produces Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac, which is distributed by American Public Television. Tommy MacDonald is host, and Laurie Donnelly is executive producer/director for WGBH Lifestyle Productions. Major funding is provided by Woodcraft Supply, LLC. Additional funding is provided by Jet/Powermatic, Downes and Reader, Easy Wood Tools, Titebond and Oneida Air Systems.

To follow Tommy MacDonald and Rough Cut, visit www.thomasjmacdonald.com, www.facebook.com/RoughCutTv, www.twitter.com/RoughcutTV, and www.wgbh.org.

DVDs of Season one and Season Two episodes as well as the companion book, Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac from The Taunton Press, are available at Woodcraft or www.roughcutwoodworking.com. The downloadable plan for Tommy’s Tool Cabinet featured in Woodcraft Magazine (Issue 43 Oct/Nov 2011) is also available at Woodcraft.

For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482. To learn about Woodcraft franchise opportunities, call (800) 344-3348, visit www.woodcraftfranchise.com or email woodcraftfranchise@woodcraft.com.

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  1. avatar
    John Morris, September 27, 2012
    Wow!!!! Cool!!! Another world class season in play. My question is, how big is the space that cherry media center goes into! I like the prize, the tool box made by Mr Mac full of hand tools. Drool drool. Looking forward to Oct 6th. Reply
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    Donald Sunnock, April 12, 2013
    Trying to locate plans for the laminated bowl from season 3. Not a bowl made from chunks, but a bowl made from rings. Reply
  3. avatar
    David Prine, May 21, 2013
    I don’t know what moderation is but I am interested in turning a bowl. I am also interested in making a laminate bowl please contact me about plans David Reply
  4. avatar
    Sno's daddy, May 2, 2014
    Where are the plans for the platform bed from season 3 episode 12? Reply
    • avatar
      frank, May 5, 2014
      We do not have plans at this time. Here are the plans we do offer currently, CLICK HERE Reply
  5. avatar
    Michael K, July 14, 2014
    Looking for plans for episode 13 – Media Center with Tommy Mac. Actually I already know the answer that the plans are not available. I guess the question is when will they be available. Thanks Reply

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