Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac.... One of our LJ's makes it to the big time

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Blog entry by FlWoodRat posted 09-18-2010 02:21 AM 17672 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey fellow LJ’s. If you haven’t heard, one of our own has made to the TV screen. Tommy MacDonald will be hosting a new WGBH production called Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac. Here are a couple of links to some recent news. The first one is a vido clip of Fine Wood Working Editor Asa Christiana interviewing Tommy in Atlanta. The second is a link to Popular Wood Workings blog about the new show. There is link in that article to a short clip of Tommy’s new show. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to know there is going to be a new wood working show on TV that will help us all raise our game a notch.

FWW Link

Popular WoodWorking Link Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Oh.. Congratulations Tommy.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 03:51 AM

I am hoping that our local PBS station decides to air it. I am looking forward to seeing it

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 01:26 AM

I spoke with Tommy the other day. He is pumped and eager to get to Cinncinnati for the big woodworking show. How many of you LJ’s will be there to say hello to him?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 02:42 AM

Yeah, this has been discussed & announced by several folks here. When his announcement was made over 6mo ago, I took a look at his personal website and several of his podcasts. I have to tell you I wasn’t impressed. However, I did look at the more recent FWW intro. and it did not have near the negative impact that I experienced with his personal podcasts. I’m guessing that the network had seen some of the negative feedback on the web and adjusted or coached him accordingly. I (again) searched my cable and finally found that it is coming up on Oct. 2 in my area. The first one airing here is the “Trestle Table”. Are there earlier ones, or is this the first? I want to give him a fair chance by seeing the final results on ‘real TV’. I wish him well. Just my 2c worth.

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 06:05 PM

I agree Congrats! I’ll be looking for the show. I did a search on my Direct TV hasn’t shown up yet?

Congrats to Tommy!

I think being on camera is like Wood-working, impossible to be good right out of the gate. Bobby Flay was a train wreck when he was first on or Rachael Ray as well, now they’re both bigger than life! You go Tommy!

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 09:01 PM


I have to agree that Tommy’s original website and his podcasts were a bit rough. However, I also understand that he did 90% or more of it by himself and was learning the craft of podcasting as he went. Some people who have only seen his self-produced videos and who have never met the man, may not really appreciate what he is trying to do for our woodworking community. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tommy and receiving his help/advice on several of my projects (blanket chest, step stool, humidor and scrapbooking cubby). I am glad you will be tuning into the show. The Trestle table is the first episode being aired. I checked the “Rough Cut” tab on T’s updated website. There they list and provide teasers for all 13 episodes. Since my local PBS provider is not carrying the show yet, I may be forced to purchase the DVD’s/plans for the projects I want to see built.


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#6 posted 10-06-2010 07:04 PM

Hey, if you folks want to get a good laugh, follow this link to to listen to Tommy being interviewed by a local Boston Radio Station. I really enjoyed it.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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