Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking

Rough Cut returns with new host Tom McLaughlin, a longtime custom-furniture maker and designer. From his New Hampshire shop, Tom shares the latest wood-crafting techniques while demonstrating easy-to-follow projects for woodworkers at every skill level. The pieces — ranging from a Craftsman-style dining chair to a tilt-top breakfast table— are created from hardwood gathered in the woods of New England. Expert guests, including frequent contributors to Fine Woodworking, stop by to help demonstrate a particular technique.

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Episode #801 · In the new season of Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin crafts a refined, clean, and light Shaker-inspired hall table out of gorgeous cherry using mostly hand tools. From the elegant tapered legs, to the undercut beveled edge along the top, this table offers a chance to get back to basics with extraordinary results. Techniques include using a hand plane, skimming, creating basic mortise and tenons, and chiseling pocket holes.

Episode #802 · In this episode of Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin uses American ash from his back woods to create a hanging bow front cabinet featuring hand-crafted proud dovetails and a hidden magnet close. He shares his tips for using lamination to create the simple but beautiful bow front door by applying a fantastic figured ash veneer. Don't miss this all-new episode of Rough Cut.

Episode #803 · Host Tom McLaughlin welcomes guest and veteran woodworker Terry Moore to his wood shop this week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking. Terry shares his technique for designing a dramatic sunburst walnut veneer pattern on a round side table while Tom heads to the lathe to show how to turn an Art Deco-inspired column. The two collaborate on the cross lapped joinery feet and the end result is an elegant, smooth, intriguing piece which is very pleasing to the eye.

Episode #804 · This week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, Tom McLaughlin shares his contemporary take on a classic design: the Adirondack lawn chair. Using cypress, Tom shows how to cut a comfortable curve into the seat and back of this chair. The mitered joint on the arm rest is an additional detail which makes for a smooth, slanting arm that resolves into a drink holder. Expect to enjoy time outdoors in this updated version of an old favorite.

Episode #805 · Host Tom McLaughlin is joined by Fine Woodworking's Mike Pekovich this week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking. Mike shares his methods for making a beautiful tea box out of the dark and exotic wenge wood. He then contrasts that with a spectacular figured birdeye maple which creates the interior pieces in the box. Along with sharing his methods for making proud dovetails and a textured surface, Mike reveals a special clasp enclosure that makes this tea box really special.

Episode #806 · This week's project on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking showcases the elegance of live edge black walnut. Host Tom McLaughlin makes a spectacular coffee table with a waterfall end and wood base that creates a cantilevered effect. Tom also shows how to use hand tools to make a beautiful bowtie inlay.

Episode #807 · In this week's episode of Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin makes a Shaker-inspired blanket chest with drawer and bracket feet using an exterior of cherry and interior of white pine panels. He focuses on how to make a traditional drawer and usse a special jig to create dovetail corners. This chest is functional, but is also a classic piece that's bolstered by its distinct design.

Episode #808 · Inspired by the nearby Shaker Village, host Tom McLaughlin collaborates with guest John Ryan to craft authentic reproduction Shaker oval boxes out of cherry. These boxes are iconic because of their utility and potential for customization in size and shape. John shows Tom his Shaker technique for bending strips of wood around a form, creating a smooth and beautiful Shaker box.

Episode #809 · Host Tom McLaughlin shares his technique for making a Craftsman-style dining chair out of white oak this week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking. It's an example of mortise and tenon chair construction employing peg joinery and traditional chair making, amplified with details that modernize the honest construction of the Craftsman period. Tom also adds an upholstered seat to the piece, helping make this chair both functional and comfortable.

Episode #810 · This week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin welcomes his friend and neighbor David Lamb, a New Hampshire furniture master, to his shop. They share tips for making an end table out of contrasting walnut and butternut and this one is all about the details. David shows how to carve unique design elements while Tom heads to the lathe for some turning. A contemporary design, this end table provides a great opportunity to play with artistic details!

Episode #811 · What does it take to make a tilt-top table? This week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, host Tom McLaughlin shares his design for a Shaker-inspired table made out of curly maple and takes a deep-dive into explaining the tilt-top mechanism that makes this piece so unique. The table has a pedestal base which attaches to the top with a turned column which Tom shapes at the lathe. He also uses the band saw to shape and refine the feet, making this project engaging in its use of numerous techniques.

Episode #812 · Guest Chris Becksvoort joins host Tom McLaughlin in his shop this week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking to make a stunning table lamp. Chris shares his contemporary shaker- inspired design that boasts elegant bent-wood techniques to give off a soft light effect. In a truly unique style, Tom and Chris bend multiple strips of wood and stack them to create a shade form that will elevate any space with its warm, pure shape.

Episode #813 · Host Tom McLaughlin shares the design for his hanging tool cabinet this week on Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking, a piece that personalizes any shop. Tom uses a jig for the corners and a veneer panel for the front; then he hinges and mounts the doors and provides guidance on how to create an interior customized for any collection of tools.