Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking has an all new host for 2018! Tom McLaughlin, longtime woodworker, teacher and a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, invites you to join him as we usher in a new season!
In each half-hour episode, unusual design inspiration will be turned into easy-to-follow projects for woodworkers at every skill level. Projects this season will include: A Craftsman-style dining chair in white oak; a Shaker-style hall table in cherry; a hanging bow front cabinet in American ash; an Adirondack-inspired lawn chair in cypress; a tilt-top round breakfast table in curly maple; a Shaker blanket chest with drawer in cherry; a live-edge coffee table made from New England walnut, and much more.
Host Tom McLaughlin teaches the latest wood crafting techniques, as well as tips and instruction for how to create projects that can be passed down for generations.
“What I like most about fine woodworking,” McLaughlin says, “is the power to say something beautiful without words.”
What is the format of the new show?
The format of the show will be similar to previous seasons of Rough Cut. Each show will focus on a single project one specific technique for each project. The show will be very how-to and will appeal to both the beginner and the advanced woodworker. Some projects for this season include: a Craftsman-style dining chair in white oak, a Shaker-style hall table in cherry, a liveedge coffee table in walnut, and much more.
Tell us about your new host.
Tom McLaughlin has been making and designing commissioned custom furniture for decades. His training launched forward when he entered a rare apprenticeship with master craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Tom remained close to Pug, even after branching out on his own, which included returning to his native New England roots where he’s been making furniture ever since. His credentials include: former Chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters since 1998 and he’s been featured in articles in numerous newspapers, magazines, and woodworking journals. He has been teaching woodworking for two decades at his shop in New Hampshire.
Why the new partnership with Fine Woodworking Magazine?
We think of this as the perfect partnership – merging the talents of powerhouse public television station WGBH, the Fine Woodworking brand, and an incredibly talented new host. All three are very strong players in their space and cater to a well-educated, passionate and intelligent woodworking audience. There is no better trifecta for this show than the finest brands in the country. The merger will combine audiences from broadcast, digital, and print.
Will the show be the same as Rough Cut?
WGBH has spent the last seven years building the Rough Cut brand. The brand is synonymous with the craft of fine woodworking.
Where is Tommy MacDonald?
Tommy MacDonald has decided to branch out and pursue other opportunities on his own. WGBH and Tommy MacDonald had seven great seasons working together on Rough Cut. Rough Cut is the strongest woodworking brand on public television and that brand continues on, with a new host.