Last night I finally had the time to watch Rough Cut with Tommy Mac, and I have to say, it was one fine Rough Cut.
The project was a shaker style night stand, made from a beautiful figured maple. I’ve made a couple of night stands like these myself, but I added drawers. They were fun to make and were good skill building projects.
But do you know what made this episode better? The fact that Tommy is getting better and better in front of the camera, and having his former Teacher at the North Bennet Street School there with him. I believe his name is Steve Brown. (please correct me if I am wrong) As you know, I am not a fan of having a sidekick just standing around, but the combination of Steve and Tommy really worked well. Steve is a natural teacher, he presented his parts of the project very well and just has a natural charisma. I hope the two of them will work together on another project one day.
The road trip was interesting too. It was fun to see the North Bennet Street School and learn more about it. The only downside to the show is that there was just not enough time. I wish they had more time to explain why they used a spring joint for the top, and talk more about how they got that really great finish on the example table. I know, I know, you don’t have time to talk about everything. But me personally, I’d rather have a minute less road trip for the sake of more details.
Do you know why I spend my time reviewing woodworking shows? Because I love woodworking! Norm inspired me to become a woodworker, but there were things about the show that left me wondering why in world did he do this or that. I did not take any woodworking classes or have friends who were woodworkers, so most of what I learned was from Norm. (btw, I did take shop in 8th grade, but at was long long ago) If Rough Cut is going to inspire a new generation, I don’t want the show to repeat the same mistakes NYW made.
All in all, a really good episode! So happy to see that each show is improving. I am especially interested in seeing the next episode about finishes.
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