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UPDATE: Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac by Tommy MacDonald and Laurie Donnelly

comments (159) November 28th, 2012 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac by Tommy MacDonald and Laurie Donnelly
The Taunton Press, 2012.
$24.95; 172 pp.

Lucky arlzed is the winner. The funny comment really was chosen at random.

This book contains 13 projects from the 2nd season of the hit TV show, Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The projects include a bookcase, drop-leaf table, pie-crust table, kitchen cart and more, and are laid out with illustrations and step-by-step photos. Also included in the book are helpful tips to improve your woodworking skills and "road trips" from the show. An example of a road trip is one to the Arts and Crafts Gamble House in California, providing details of the Greene and Greene style that inspired the Dressing Mirror shown on the cover.

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Comments (159)

steve_sdds steve_sdds writes: I think this book would be a great addition to my collection of woodworking books. What I like most about Tommy's "Rough Cut" show is that he builds quality projects while giving understandable step-by-step instruction. In addition to stressing good joinery and craftsmanship, Tommy's projects inspire me to try techniques that I don't normally use in my usual projects.
Since I first discovered "Rough Cut" on TV, it has been moved to different channels and time slots, thus making it hard to find. If I could win this book, I wouldn't feel so bad about missing the episodes on TV.
Posted: 5:04 pm on November 27th

HoosierWoodworker HoosierWoodworker writes: Sign me up!
Posted: 12:49 pm on November 27th

Oldtyme Oldtyme writes: Sign me up, please
Posted: 11:39 am on November 27th

Moshe Eshel Moshe Eshel writes: Love the show, I'll probably love the book if I get it for free :-)
Posted: 8:40 am on November 27th

erikschlanger erikschlanger writes: Tommy, keep up the great work!!!
Posted: 7:44 am on November 27th

carpentarius carpentarius writes: I could use this, sign me up.
Posted: 6:29 pm on November 26th

snichols snichols writes: I'll definitely post my commentary if I win.
Posted: 3:08 pm on November 26th

rmagney rmagney writes: Saw Tommy at Woodcraft in Madison, WI recently. Would love to win this book.
Posted: 1:31 pm on November 26th

dczh dczh writes: I like the road trips, it makes things more interesting, such as the eoisode broadcast in Oklahoma City on Sunday the 25th. The road trip was to explore where bamboo for construction was grown. the cabinet built in htis episode was very nice. The book would be a welcome additon to my library.
Posted: 12:03 pm on November 26th

Joelv Joelv writes: That would be a great prize.
Posted: 9:14 am on November 26th

user-1128588 user-1128588 writes: The more useless reality stuff I see popping up on TV, the more I appreciate the show. I've used quite a few of Tommy's tips, wish there were more shows like this on. Thanks for the opportunity and keep up the good work.
Posted: 4:15 am on November 26th

YNC_Johnson YNC_Johnson writes: Would love the opportunity to own this great book. Thank you!
Posted: 10:56 pm on November 25th

sjama6678 sjama6678 writes: Tommy mac is my favorite guy to watch-woodworking on TV.
You have the Work-Shop from the Heavens, Tommy!
I try to not miss your show and have watched it many times in my shop.
Tommy explains everything he is doing so it is not hard at all to follow along...I take notes on his tips all the time, VERY "save-able" TV material, ha.
Love Rough-Cut WoodWorking with Tommy Mac!
I would love to win and read your book, and if I don't win...Christmas is near, so...
Posted: 9:08 pm on November 25th

user-4297722 user-4297722 writes: Well maybe Ill get lucky.
Posted: 4:43 pm on November 25th

ITJim ITJim writes: DVR the show and save all episodes.m Love the tips and skill demonstrations. Not so wild about the road trips.
Posted: 2:35 pm on November 25th

irish8 irish8 writes: I really enjoy the show and looks like the book will be as informative. good choice of projects.
Posted: 9:40 am on November 25th

irish8 irish8 writes: I really enjoy the show and looks like the book will be as informative. good choice of projects.
Posted: 9:40 am on November 25th

BrownMoose BrownMoose writes: I just recently became interested in woodworking. I have an 11 month old little boy and I'd like to have a useful and fun hobby I can pass down to him when he gets older. Something we can work on and enjoy together and hopefully in doing so he will pickup a valuable life skill.
Posted: 4:17 am on November 25th

StevenLee StevenLee writes: I can't watch the show so I'd like to this book. Maybe the show will be online sometime soon?
Posted: 10:49 pm on November 24th

Dopalgangr Dopalgangr writes: I'm just starting with woodworking and think this book could hold the ideas I need to be more creative. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Posted: 10:19 pm on November 24th

retireejd retireejd writes: Would love to win this book!
Posted: 8:18 pm on November 24th

paulmouse paulmouse writes: I like the show also, but I wish the "Road Trips" were a little longer with a little bit more detail.
Posted: 7:34 pm on November 24th

blkhorse2 blkhorse2 writes: Great show Looking forward to anotherfine book offeringfrom Woodworking Magazine
Posted: 6:26 pm on November 24th

slpoetzl slpoetzl writes: Love Tommy but our PBS doesn't air if this year:( would love the book.
Posted: 6:19 pm on November 24th

David_Hill David_Hill writes: When they announced 'New Yankee Workshop' was going off the air, I thought that was the end of good woodworking shows. Tommy's style isn't Norm's, but his dedication and love of woodworking makes his show great. This book would make things easy-peasy!
Posted: 6:01 pm on November 24th

Daddydado Daddydado writes: Wish I could see Rough Cut on TV but our two neighbouring across-the-border PBS stations don't carry the program. This book would partly correct the situation part.
Posted: 3:57 pm on November 24th

Tree City Woodcrafter Tree City Woodcrafter writes: We love his show but we have to view it on the Create channel. For some odd reason, our local PBS station only has Create from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM which meant staying up until 11:00 PM. We finally learned to program the DVD recorder so we'll be ready when (and if) it returns to Create. Our local PBS regular channel doesn't seem to like woodworking shows. Thank goodness Fine Woodworking has short videos we can watch.
Posted: 2:31 pm on November 24th

Lesadams Lesadams writes: I can no longer get the show here on Oregon Public Broadcasting; maybe we don't matter out here to PBS any more than we do in the Presidential Election! Oh well, I'll just eat some granola and smoke some home-grown.
Posted: 2:02 pm on November 24th

Wolford Wolford writes: We do not access to Tommy Mac's PBS show but would very much appreciate the opportunity, through his book to benefit from his knowledge.
Posted: 1:59 pm on November 24th

Wolford Wolford writes: We do not access to Tommy Mac's PBS show but would very much appreciate the opportunity, through his book to benefit from his knowledge.
Posted: 1:59 pm on November 24th

Roscoflem Roscoflem writes: Count me in!!! I love the show....but for some reason our local pbs doesn't show it anymore.
Posted: 1:45 pm on November 24th

icomba icomba writes: I want this book an all his DVDs too!


Posted: 1:42 pm on November 24th

icomba icomba writes: Im gonna get this book one way or anotheer.
Great Show! :)
Posted: 1:34 pm on November 24th

rroselavy rroselavy writes: I haven't been able to find Rough Cut on PBS in SoCal, so it would be fantastic to have a hard copy...
Posted: 1:16 pm on November 24th

Wixom Wixom writes: I met him at the Woodcraft store in Detroit and he showed his way of cutting dovetail joints, how to sharpen a cabinet scraper, and a couple of other things. I tape his show whenever it comes on and he makes some cool furniture. I would like to win this book.
Posted: 12:57 pm on November 24th

Ron_C Ron_C writes: Thank you FWW and Tommy Mac!
Posted: 12:21 pm on November 24th

PlaneJoe PlaneJoe writes: Great show! I'm sure the book would compliment it just right!
Posted: 12:09 pm on November 24th

brownman brownman writes: Would love to have this book since I'm not able to find any listings of the show on my Direct TV search. Google search didn't help much either. Where can I view this show?
Posted: 11:50 am on November 24th

Shopdog19 Shopdog19 writes: I am a new woodworker; I am waiting to receive 3 other books on techniques I order from you two weeks ago and would love to add a book on projects to build to the mix. So PICK ME! :)
Posted: 11:47 am on November 24th

FarRed FarRed writes: I read his article on making a blanket chest. Inspiring stuff, particularly about how to take the pain out of carving the relief front panels.
Posted: 11:45 am on November 24th

mcelhajj mcelhajj writes: Great show. Good techniques and tips. Enjoy the guest craftsmen.
Posted: 11:45 am on November 24th

decarlowoodworks decarlowoodworks writes: Best woodworking show on TV! Keep up the good work!
Posted: 11:40 am on November 24th

geppetto425 geppetto425 writes: Love the show, very entertaining. The new new Yankee Woodshop?!
Posted: 11:31 am on November 24th

Beeve77 Beeve77 writes: Can't have too many books
Posted: 11:29 am on November 24th

ehconst ehconst writes: I'm in for the draw. Always wanting to learn something new every day and especially from Tommy. Mahalo (thank you).
Posted: 11:25 am on November 24th

Pat_Megowan Pat_Megowan writes: Per favore!
Posted: 11:16 am on November 24th

Redguy Redguy writes: Count me in to win a free copy of Tommy Mac's newest book. Whether or not I win, thanks FWW for your generosity to the woodworking community in offering this promotional.
Posted: 11:16 am on November 24th

highly_figured highly_figured writes: Good books are like clamps. You can't have too many. I like "real" books
Posted: 11:07 am on November 24th

ralflf ralflf writes: DVR the show weekly. Always enjoy Tommy's road trips to see suppliers and craftsmen. Have made several of his flag cases.
Posted: 10:26 am on November 24th

Parquet Parquet writes: Like the show and would like the book.
Posted: 10:13 am on November 24th

bobjanousek bobjanousek writes: Great show, Great projects.
Posted: 9:55 am on November 24th

cbeckham cbeckham writes: Great show, would love the book.
Posted: 9:46 am on November 24th

rkailher rkailher writes: Love the show, one show I make an effort to watch
Posted: 9:39 am on November 24th

user-1145405 user-1145405 writes: Tommy challenges you to stretch your capabilities and coaches with teaching the technique to make it happen.
Posted: 9:06 am on November 24th

WouldWorker WouldWorker writes: I have always been impressed by Tommy's ability to pack so much info into a 30 minute show.
Posted: 8:41 am on November 24th

iddoc iddoc writes: Built one project, can't wait to get tot he next. Great book with lots of good ideas.
Posted: 8:33 am on November 24th

An54drew An54drew writes: Brilliant, techniques easy to understand and to remember!
Posted: 8:09 am on November 24th

wscott1000 wscott1000 writes: Just finished making his step stool, in Fine Woodworking mag. Tommy MacDonald does a great job of explanning how to get aproject together

Posted: 8:09 am on November 24th

sanchin sanchin writes: great show.
Posted: 6:57 am on November 24th

mikegibs mikegibs writes: Great series of shows and books.
Posted: 6:45 am on November 24th

wvjack wvjack writes: Met Tommy at a woodworking show. He is a genuine person, willing to talk about anything wood working, and at any skill level. I read his first book-loaded with great ideas and doable projects.
Posted: 5:23 am on November 24th

Woodworker3301 Woodworker3301 writes: Tommy Mac shows old school techniques on contemporary pieces.
Posted: 11:36 pm on November 23rd

tackbb tackbb writes: This looks like it would be a great book to have in the shop!
Posted: 10:05 pm on November 23rd

MacGregorWoodWorks MacGregorWoodWorks writes: My 18 month old would love to win this book. He is a big fan of TMac.
Posted: 3:12 pm on November 23rd

MacGregorWoodWorks MacGregorWoodWorks writes: Tommy Mac Rules!!!!
Posted: 3:09 pm on November 23rd

TerryBarnhill TerryBarnhill writes: New to the site, so this would be a wonderful welcome here, present!
Posted: 12:56 pm on November 23rd

TerryBarnhill TerryBarnhill writes: New to the site, so this would be a wonderful welcome here, present!
Posted: 12:55 pm on November 23rd

billsturley billsturley writes: Please pick me
Posted: 10:37 am on November 23rd

ifish47 ifish47 writes: I like the show.
Posted: 10:57 pm on November 22nd

Dank24 Dank24 writes: I love woodworking!
Posted: 7:06 pm on November 22nd

TedP TedP writes: Good book to have in the shop.
Posted: 5:45 pm on November 22nd

TGrenga100 TGrenga100 writes: No better teacaher then T Mac. Always an intersting program on PBS, Saturday morning. A reat reason to get up early so that I can watch it.
Great show and books!
Love to have a copy.
Posted: 3:29 pm on November 22nd

afull afull writes: That book would be nicer if it was signed by Tommy MacDonald
Posted: 1:05 pm on November 22nd

keno50g keno50g writes: We do not get this show in western CANADA. What a rip. Can I have my Book now?
Posted: 3:16 am on November 22nd

candlerain candlerain writes: T-Mac is awesome to watch and what a great woodworker!
Posted: 11:26 pm on November 21st

hkb hkb writes: Rough Cut is a fun show to watch - the book should be just as good.
Posted: 10:58 pm on November 21st

hanline hanline writes: Love the show!!
Posted: 9:01 pm on November 21st

jvpkeeling jvpkeeling writes: Never seen the show... but I never win anything anyway!
Posted: 4:46 pm on November 21st

TheGravedigger TheGravedigger writes: Count me in!
Posted: 4:44 pm on November 21st

bigdjb bigdjb writes: I'd like this
Posted: 2:50 pm on November 21st

bigdjb bigdjb writes: I like this
Posted: 2:50 pm on November 21st

LBF LBF writes: Sounds good to me!
Posted: 2:34 pm on November 21st

Turtles_Cabinets Turtles_Cabinets writes: This looks like a good book.
Posted: 1:09 pm on November 21st

Tergenev Tergenev writes: I'm really liking the latest stuff from Rough Cut. It seems to get better with each show.
Posted: 10:34 am on November 21st

diaperchamp diaperchamp writes: would love this
Posted: 10:15 am on November 21st

RMGroh RMGroh writes: The 2nd biggest affliction that a woodworker has? Buying wood working books! But, gee, the temptations! Well, it is a tough hobby and only the strong can survive.


P.S. The biggest affliction? Buying tools, of course!
Posted: 9:59 am on November 21st

acmartina acmartina writes: Thanks

Posted: 7:45 am on November 21st

Noah74 Noah74 writes: Count me in.
Posted: 7:27 am on November 21st

bobmorrissey bobmorrissey writes: Love rough cut!!
Posted: 2:04 am on November 21st

nuggetshooter1 nuggetshooter1 writes: I sure would love to win at least one giveaway this book looks great thanks tommy mac
Posted: 12:15 am on November 21st

mraarons mraarons writes: I'd love to have a copy of this for my students!

Posted: 7:38 pm on November 20th

GoRedsUS GoRedsUS writes: Put my name in the box too!
Posted: 6:31 pm on November 20th

blackhorse blackhorse writes: Tommy talks my language (Bostonian!)
Great show.
Posted: 2:20 pm on November 20th

phiflint phiflint writes: I love this show.
Posted: 1:57 pm on November 20th

dsdittmer dsdittmer writes: would love to win a copy of this book
Posted: 1:15 pm on November 20th

caub caub writes: Since my PBS carried season 1 but not season 2, it would be nice to get this book! Thanks for offering it.
Posted: 11:17 am on November 20th

Jamul Jamul writes: Looks Good, I loved to read.

Posted: 11:05 am on November 20th

DesertWalt DesertWalt writes: This book is Major League. I'd love a copy
Posted: 9:25 am on November 20th

arlzed arlzed writes: Guys, guys, this book looks wicked cool. Count me in, right?
Posted: 7:03 am on November 20th

CJcardoso CJcardoso writes: Would love to have a copy...
Posted: 6:43 am on November 20th

JackCA JackCA writes: Give it to me. Thanks!
Posted: 12:54 am on November 20th

makojim makojim writes: How about me?
Posted: 12:41 am on November 20th

tmelch tmelch writes: Count me in!
Posted: 12:26 am on November 20th

Chaos07 Chaos07 writes: I hope I win! It's been a long time since I powered through the Bombe Secretary videos!
Posted: 12:25 am on November 20th

Chaos07 Chaos07 writes: I hope I win! It's been a long time since I powered through the Bombe Secretary videos!
Posted: 12:25 am on November 20th

JohnGreene JohnGreene writes: I would like to take a chance at winning TOmmy's new book!
Posted: 11:05 pm on November 19th

montee montee writes: Always room for another woodworking book!
Posted: 11:02 pm on November 19th

jonquinn jonquinn writes: I'd like to win this book. Thanks
Posted: 8:18 pm on November 19th

anonmt anonmt writes: I'd like it!
Posted: 7:48 pm on November 19th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted: 7:32 pm on November 19th

JoeAlpeza JoeAlpeza writes: He always has intersting projects so the book should be good.
I'm in.
Posted: 7:03 pm on November 19th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: I wish his show was still on in my area.
Posted: 6:07 pm on November 19th

Spenyg Spenyg writes: looking forward to a possible win here :)
Posted: 4:15 pm on November 19th

PaulJerome PaulJerome writes: I really enjoy Tommy Mac. He fills a much needed void on PBS. Keep up the good work Mr. McDonald!
Posted: 3:34 pm on November 19th

jverreault jverreault writes: I watched the first season on TV but my local PBS station changed its line up and now I cannot get it...however, I wouldn't be missing it if I won--hint, hint. ;^)

Posted: 3:25 pm on November 19th

Woodsmithy Woodsmithy writes: Count me in, I love wood working books.
Posted: 2:00 pm on November 19th

JaredEgg JaredEgg writes: Great show; book looks great too--thanks for the chance to win!
Posted: 1:59 pm on November 19th

trantj trantj writes: I would really appreciate it!
Posted: 12:52 pm on November 19th

GregWorks GregWorks writes: TommyMac rules!

Posted: 12:49 pm on November 19th

Peyoman Peyoman writes: As a beginner, I really learned a lot from the show.
Posted: 12:29 pm on November 19th

chetkloss chetkloss writes: Having the book will make it easier to interpret the Boston accent.
Posted: 11:28 am on November 19th

scrabtree46 scrabtree46 writes: Hey another big arm woodworker ;)
Posted: 11:16 am on November 19th

live4ever live4ever writes: Love his enthusiasm...
Posted: 9:25 am on November 19th

TVDAD TVDAD writes: Great show we record it
Posted: 9:01 am on November 19th

CedarTim CedarTim writes: I just looked at Rough Cut website and looks like a winner. To bad I don't get the show in my area, but the book would help!
Posted: 8:23 am on November 19th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I finally have the rough cut show televised in my area. I'm on my second episode and loving it! Count me in for the book draw.
Posted: 8:03 am on November 19th

Tirebiter14 Tirebiter14 writes: Like his show and his enthusiasm. Would love to read the book.
Posted: 7:58 am on November 19th

jeanroy jeanroy writes: Still trying to win one.
Posted: 6:15 am on November 19th

sinofact sinofact writes: Sure would be great to win this!
Posted: 2:23 am on November 19th

Eversor Eversor writes: You can never have too many woodworking books
Posted: 1:14 am on November 19th

Nathan_C Nathan_C writes: a comment
Posted: 12:20 am on November 19th

MacGregorWoodWorks MacGregorWoodWorks writes: I wood love to win this book!!!!
Posted: 12:06 am on November 19th

ScoFF ScoFF writes: I've followed Tommy since his podcast days, the Bombay secretary was a classic. I'd like to check out the book.
Posted: 11:23 pm on November 18th

BobRyckman BobRyckman writes: I think this book would make a great addition to my collection.
Posted: 10:45 pm on November 18th

drllucas drllucas writes: I watched Tommy Mac going back to his video blog days. A very talented man.
Posted: 10:37 pm on November 18th

JeffreyJSparks JeffreyJSparks writes: I am in need of some inspiration in woodworking.
Posted: 10:12 pm on November 18th

WenShank WenShank writes: I wonder if it will have some workout tips in the book. My wife would like me to have his biceps.
Posted: 9:43 pm on November 18th

SirGareth SirGareth writes: Tommy is one of my favorite woodworkers. I wish our cable service carried his show. I do enjoy the videos on his site.

Thanks for the great book giveaway!
Posted: 9:11 pm on November 18th

elguatoncito elguatoncito writes: Looks like a great book. Sign me up!
Posted: 8:33 pm on November 18th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: I Think this would be a good to have. Put my name in.
Posted: 8:09 pm on November 18th

flintstone flintstone writes: I enjoy the combination of traditional wood design and modern style. I would love a copy of the book.

Posted: 7:33 pm on November 18th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another hat in the ring! Thanks!
Posted: 7:22 pm on November 18th

ShawkyD ShawkyD writes: you cant ever stop learning, id love to add it to my collection!!
Posted: 6:50 pm on November 18th

PlaneJoe PlaneJoe writes: Would love it!

Posted: 6:11 pm on November 18th

MKWerman MKWerman writes: I watch the show all the time. I would love to have the book!
Posted: 6:03 pm on November 18th

Mikecorwin Mikecorwin writes: Awesome!

Posted: 5:55 pm on November 18th

user-4297722 user-4297722 writes: I have not seen Tommy Mac since he took over the spot vacated by The New Yankee Work Shop. This book would be a good introduction.
Posted: 5:49 pm on November 18th

jeffreyi jeffreyi writes: I like Tommy's first book
Good giveaway!
Posted: 4:27 pm on November 18th

tommyreese tommyreese writes: You can never stop learning a few extras in woodworking
Posted: 2:30 pm on November 18th

grin grin writes: Go Tommy.
Posted: 1:34 pm on November 18th

GlenRoseBud GlenRoseBud writes: Really enjoyed Tommy Mac on TV last year. I'm sure his book would be a valuable addition to my library.
Posted: 1:22 pm on November 18th

ShooterBoy ShooterBoy writes: Looks interesting. Maybe this time?
Posted: 1:17 pm on November 18th

GreenHillShop GreenHillShop writes: Tommy's website and show got me into woodworking.
Posted: 1:04 pm on November 18th

wdwerker wdwerker writes: Even after 35 years of woodworking I have learned a few things from watching Rough Cuts!
Posted: 12:32 pm on November 18th

MikeSweet MikeSweet writes: Love the show, especially the road trips.
Posted: 12:30 pm on November 18th

tsangell tsangell writes: Good to have another solid woodworking show around, and this looks like a good read.
Posted: 12:15 pm on November 18th

phucdt phucdt writes: Another interesting book, soon or later it will be in my collecting! Thanks a lot!
Posted: 12:01 pm on November 18th

JohnAlmeyda JohnAlmeyda writes: There's only a few shows that I watch on TV and this Is one of them.
Posted: 11:25 am on November 18th

Loxmyth Loxmyth writes: Always interested in learning more. I don't watch TV so I haven't caught his show, though I've seen a few of the short videos on this site.
Posted: 10:05 am on November 18th

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