Hall Tree & Bench – Rough Cut


– This past summer I had a
great opportunity to appear as a guest on Tommy Mac’s
woodworking show, Rough Cut. It’s PBS show so not
everybody got to see it because it just depends
on what city you live in and what your local station does. So I contacted them and
asked if it’d be possible to run the show in the Wood
Whisperer feed, untouched, and this way everybody would
have a chance to see it, if you’re so interested. So that’s what I’ve
got for you here today, an opportunity to check
out the entire episode, when I flew out to Boston and built a project with Tommy Mac. Here it is. And I gotta get back to work. – Hi, I’m Tommy MacDonald. Everybody knows, I love mirrors. This week on Rough Cut we’re building this hall tree and bench. It’s the perfect project
for that space in your home where the gang just drops all their gear. We have the hooks on the top and this awesome flip-top bench. We have ton of work to get
to today, so no road trip, but I will be joined
right here in the studio by Internet woodworking
sensation Marc Spagnuolo who’s gonna break down the
frame-and-panel construction. It’s all coming up next,
right here on Rough Cut. (hammer tapping, saw cutting rhythmically) (adventurous music) – [Voiceover] Major funding
provided by Woodcraft. Woodworking is a passion.
Woodcraft understands that. We offer name brands and
tools for fine woodworking. Table saws, bandsaws,
routers, hand planes, chisels, and much more. And employees who love woodworking,
just as much as you do. Woodcraft, helping you made wood work. Proud sponsors of Rough Cut,
Woodworking with Tommy Mac. Additional funding provided
by DMT diamond sharpeners. Made in the USA and helping to give woodworkers sharp edges since 1976. Easy Wood Tools. American-made woodturning
tools for all skill levels. Titebond wood glues, the pro’s advantage. Laguna Tools, thriving on innovation. MICROJIG, maker of the GRR-Ripper, work safer, work smarter. Pony Tools, quality built
for every generation. Steel City Tool Works. By
woodworkers, for woodworkers. – All right guys, say
hello to my friend Marc. – Tommy, how you doing? – [Tommy] Dude, good to see you.
– [Marc] Good to see you. – Back on the east coast? – Absolutely, it’s been a while. – I’ve known Marc since 2005 and if there’s anybody out
there that’s web-savvy, you definitely recognize that
face as The Wood Whisperer. You’ve been doing woodworking
for at least what, 10 years now on the web, right? – Yeah. 10 on the web, 15 myself. – We have been trying to get
together to build a project so finally this is the
week where him and I are gonna collaborate and
build this project here. – A decade later. – So what do you think, man? – Absolutely gorgeous.
Great contrasting woods, great curves, compound curve
legs, right up my alley. – I know you love contrasting woods so we chose walnut and butternut and I think it really
adds for a great detail. – Yeah, and I think with
contrast you can go too far, and I think this is a nice complementary contrast, if you will. – This project here is built in two parts. The top is just a big frame-and-panel, we can toss it off to the side, but if you look at the
bottom down here, right Marc, I know that you love these curves here, kind of Asian-inspired, right?
– [Marc] Yeah. – Now what I love about this project is that I’m getting a little old, right? So I need to sit down on
something when I put my shoes on. But I know you have a two year old, right? – Yeah. Mateo, I call him my apprentice, and something like this is great storage. – Mateo! What’s up, buddy? How you doing? This is perfect for him because
he can throw all his toys and his gear right inside here. – Absolutely. Toys all over the house when you have a two year
old so you need this stuff. – What do you say we go
check out the material and break down this box? – Let’s do it. – We have four legs, eight rails. The legs are made out of walnut and the rails are made out of butternut. This is where you can really
make this project your own. – Totally customizable. – This box is 18 inches
tall, 18 inches wide, 42 inches long. What I want to talk about are the legs. Right down here at the bottom
this leg is three inches wide. Now mark, it’s really hard to get thick boards sometimes, right? – Yeah, it is hard to
find and it’s expensive. – We, as woodworkers,
have a really neat trick and you’re just gonna love this one. Break it down for us. – If you mill these boards properly you can put two boards together to get a much thicker board. It gives the illusion of a single board. So if you line up the
grain, on the end grain here you can see it continues
through these two pieces. And if it matches up
there, that’s a good chance that on the face it’s
going to match up as well and that glue line just disappears. – Now make sure when you
glue these boards together that you hit it with a hand plane to make sure you have a really
nice, tight joint. Right? – Yep. – So wheel this out of the way and we can break down the parts. – Over here on the bench
you can see that I have a piece of 8/4 walnut and we have a piece of 4/4 butternut. When it came time to milling this stock I basically just cut it apart, Marc, until I could get all
my pieces comfortably. You need to make sure
that you mill it properly, which is joiner, thickness
planer, stick it overnight, hit it with a hand planer
and then glue them up and cut these blanks to the final size. Now when it came time to
the rails, what did we do? – Pretty much the same thing. Side by side as long as the board is wide enough to
accommodate more than one. Move around bad grain,
knots, things like that so you can get some
good stock side by side and it matches pretty well
because it’s from the same board. – That’s right, and it always
is helpful if you identify the two pieces for the front and the back, stuff that might be a little
banged up for the back. – Yeah, nicest stuff in the front. – What do you say we grab
the rails, I’ll grab the legs and we can do some joinery.
– [Marc] Let’s do it. – Now for this project we
decided to use loose tenons. – Yep. Simple and strong. – What is a loose tenon? You can see right here on the leg blank I have these holes right here. And check it out, on the rail I have another corresponding
hole like that. The beautiful thing is, this little piece of wood is the tenon. A little dab will do you of glue. Put it in one side, then put this side on, bam, just like that. – Doesn’t get easier. – Now with this project
it’s really important that you make sure you get
the grain orientation correct on the front of our project. So do yourself a favor, take the time and draw a triangle
on the top of your pieces once you decide where they’re going to be. This way you’ll always
make sure you have nice, straight grain on the
front of the project. Show us how we make these loose tenons. – This is a great little tool here. If you push out the cutter
head that’s gonna rotate and move back and forth and
create a nice, clean mortise. – It’s basically a router bit, right? – Yeah, it’s pretty much a
router bit, a router on its side. The good thing is you
don’t necessarily need a fancy tool like this to do this. You can do it with a router
and a simple edge guide. – I suppose you could
even do it by hand, right? – You could, you could. – Take a while. (laughs) – It might take a while, yeah. Takes a little practice
but it can be done. Let’s secure this to the workbench. This is a handheld tool but things can still get away from you so you absolutely need
to secure it in place, and some eye protection, ear protection, we should be ready to go. – It’s a must around here. Grab your gear, I’ll grab my gear, we’ll
make a couple of cuts. – For this tool, really it’s all about layout and center lines. You’ve got center lines
already built into the tool and we have our layout
lines here ready to go. You just line it up, push
it in and you’re done. So let’s make a cut. I’ll go ahead and make a
second one while we’re here. And just like that you’ve got two beautiful mortises ready to go. – Okay, cool. Now when it
comes time to doing the rail, what’s up? – Rails are pretty much the same thing. We do have to change
a setting on the tool, bringing the fence down. We’ll secure this one in
place with a clamp again. We have our layout lines in
place on the workpiece itself. And once again line up the
center lines and plunge. – That’s really fast, huh? – Just like that, man. So quick. Put in our tenon here. – Sweet. Now the next thing we need to do is talk about these grooves. I’m gonna go do the grooves and you do the rest of the mortises. – Sounds good. – To make these grooves
we decided to do it right here at the shaper. I have a quarter inch bit
set a quarter of an inch high and my fence is set at
the appropriate distance. I took the time to mark where my bit is because what we’re gonna be doing is a stop cut and a plunge cut. (chuckles) We’re also gonna be
doing lefts and rights. This is really complicated if you don’t keep your head above you so make sure you do yourself a
favor and you set up a block. What this block is gonna allow me to do is drop my piece of wood over a moving bit without it flying. Then I can pass it right over the bit until it hits this one here. I’m gonna make the right-hand cuts first, which means that the foot of the block needs to be facing forward. Now that I have all my rights done, what I need to do is move my
block to the proper locations. Move this one down here. Now I’m gonna flip my
block around this way to make my four cuts. Awesome, right? Now that
I have all four legs done, let’s get setup for our rails. By the time I got done
with all those posts, Marc had all my mortises done. Now let’s talk about the
layout for the groove. It’s a quarter of an inch
by a quarter of an inch. Since our little mortises
right here are off-center we really need to make sure
we mark it out properly. What I do is I’ve made an x on my face and then I made a couple of lines where my grooves are
gonna go, on all my pieces and then I lined them up the same way and I stacked them up, making
sure I didn’t make a mistake. Now to cut that groove I’m gonna do it right here at the shaper. The quarter inch bit is still in there, it’s a quarter of an inch high, I put the big fence on
here and I have it set just so this groove is gonna
be about center on my rail. I put my magnetic featherboard down to make sure it stays
up tight to the fence. Now again, make sure that you take the x side of your piece
up against the fence with the groove lines on the edge, hold it down there, and make
some cuts, nice and safe. Now it’s time to talk about
the shaping on our legs. If you look at our project
you can see that we have this really beautiful, graceful curve, not only on the front of this piece but on the side as well. The back posts only have
a curve on the face of it and it’s flat right to the back. We want it flat to the back because want this piece to go
right up tight to the wall. And we have this really huge
rabbet right here in the back. So Marc, how do we get all
that info on these blocks? – You start with that rabbet because we have that vertical
post that has to go in place. It’s got a nice, smooth rabbet
along the back of the leg and of course we’ve thinned this down so they’re a little bit more
narrow so again, like you said, it sits nice and flat. But of course we’ve got curves to cut. You can’t really just freehand a curve, you really should have a template. And this template material
is nice and flexible. It’s cheap so if you mess up, no problem. I usually take a little French curve. I have a bunch of curves, just preset curves that
I use for various things, but whatever looks good. Bottom line is the feet are
just a little bit bottom heavy and it gives a little
visual weight to the piece. So once you have this template, it’s really as easy as drawing
it on to the workpiece. So I usually just lay my workpiece down, get this guy flush to the
back, flush to the bottom. Of course we’ll be able
to cut this piece away and because this is flexible we’ll be able to use this
again on the cut face to do the other curve. – That’s right, because
we’re cutting this from the back corner so you
just cut your line off. – Right, absolutely. – All right, man. What
do you say I cut these and I’ll be right back. (upbeat music) Coming off the bandsaw, Marc,
I don’t care how good you are or how sharp that bandsaw is, that surface is definitely
gonna need some cleanup. – Yeah, always. You could even take a
little bit of chalk there or something to give you a visual guide but ultimately you’re
knocking down those high spots and when it’s nice and smooth
it should be consistent. – And ultimately it’s gonna
look just like this, right? – Absolutely, that’s
what you’re going for. – This is probably gonna take
you about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how quick you
are with these tools, right? – Yeah. – So let’s say you bang that one out then we can dry fit our box.
– [Marc] Sounds good. – Now it’s time for assembly. Marc, I gotta tell you, I love
the way this goes together. – [Marc] It’s great, isn’t it? – And these curves are
really, really sweet. It didn’t take too long, right? – No, and it’s worth the effort. – The best way to glue this together is obviously the long side first. Lay it on his back right. Then we can take our short rails and put them right on the tenons. Now is there anything to keep in mind? – Just try and get everything
as square as possible. We don’t have clamps on here yet so we can almost moves
things around a little bit. But start off square and
hopefully it’ll end up square. – Yeah, cool. Now let’s grab the front. We already have a clamp on it and hopefully it’s gonna
go together nice and easy. Sweet. Turn it upright. Put a couple more clamps on it. If we had some glue we’d be done, but what we need to do is
the layout for our panels. So check it out. I’ve already got our panels made. Made out of butternut, and they are sweet. – Beautiful stock. Really nice. – The challenge with
trying to get panels inside something like this is how
do you lay it out accurately. What I like to do is grab
my combination square and I hold it right inside my groove. This way I can come across the front, make a mark all the way around, then from there I measure accurately. And then I can cut these panels perfectly. It’s also helpful if you
cut a lot of the same board so the grain pattern looks
perfect all the way around. These are half an inch. That groove is a quarter
inch, Marc, so we really need to buzz this down to
fit inside that groove. I’m gonna do that at the table saw. You can see that I have my dado blade set so I’m able to cut a
quarter by quarter rabbet. Real, real simple. I’m just gonna go around all
four sides on all four pieces then head back and see Marc. Moment of truth. Time to glue up this box. – This is it. Favorite
part of the project. – It definitely pays
dividends to make sure you are prepared, you have enough clamps and you have all the glue
and everything you need here to have a nice, smooth glue up. – Yeah, you don’t wanna
be running around the shop at a time like this. – What Marc is doing, he’s putting some finish on these panels.
– [Marc] A little bit of finish. We did a wiping varnish
finish, about one coat, and just some wax. Gives it a nice, satin smooth
feel and some protection. – What do you say we
bang this thing together? – Let’s do it. (upbeat music) What good is a box if there’s
no bottom in it, right Marc? – Yeah, things will kind
of just fall through. – What we did is I just
cut a 3/4 by 3/4 cleat and I glued and screwed it
to the bottom of the frame. Now what do you have for the bottom? Bottom here, just two
boards glued together and of course we have to notch the corners because it’s gotta be able to fit, and we have to allow for wood movement. Drop it in like so, carefully, and it goes right on top of those cleats. – Perfect. Now when it came to
the lid, really simple stuff. I just glued and screwed
a piece on the back, I chose a couple of pieces I
thought looked really cool, and then basically just
hinged it right to it, and it works just like this here. Now let’s talk about my
favorite aspect of this design. It’s this complicated-looking frame, huh? – It’s great. Lots of curves. Your initial reaction when
you look at it might be, “Wow, this is gonna be really
tough to build,” but it’s not. – I know, it’s really simple, right. You can see that we have a
couple legs here in the back. We have these notches
here that are flush to the back rabbet of the leg and it goes together just like this making sure that the entire
thing is flush to the back. – Real clever system back
there with the notches too. – Now since it’s screwed together it’s really easy to screw apart so if you needed to move it
you can move it in two pieces. – Can you imagine moving this and this thing just gets snapped off? That would be a bad day, so yeah, absolutely, removing it is essential. – What do you say we
go bang out the frame. It’s really pretty
simple. We have two posts, a top rail, a mid rail and a bottom rail. The top rail and the mid
rail are held together with these funky joints right here. They’re called half-laps. The first thing I needed
to do was make my post. This curve is just like the foot. Make a curve that’s pleasing
to you, cut it on the bandsaw and either clean it up on a
router or with hand tools. Now with the bottom I have this long part, this is so I can screw it to the box. I just cut the shoulders on the table saw then removed all the
material with my bandsaw. To glue this bottom rail to both posts, basically just like the frame. I put a couple of floating tenons in it and glued it all together. The challenge is how
do we glue these pieces together on a curve. So Marc, break it down for us. – Let me introduce you to my
little friend, the pattern bit. One of my absolute
favorite bits ever created. It’s bearing-guided at the top here and the blade cuts
right along that bearing so if we can reference
this from a straight edge we’re gonna have exactly
what we need for this and yeah, this is curved, but if I have a straight reference surface it doesn’t matter if it’s curved. So what we’ve got here are
a couple of support boards, these are just cut from some plywood. If we could run these across parallel to that rail at the bottom that we have we know that the bearing is going to ride along that and stay parallel so we should be able to get that lap joint right in the right location. – What we have here is a
piece of half-inch doubled up. Why do we like that? – Gives it a little extra
surface for the bearing to ride and sometimes with the length of that bit you gotta have enough there.
One inch gives us what we need. We just measured up the
appropriate distance, now we need to screw this down. – Yep. Screw that in place. – It’s always a good idea to double check to make sure everything’s cool, right? – Measure twice, cut once. (Tommy laughs) – Perfect. What do we have to do next? – Well that is the starting
point of the routing process and it’s a pretty wide half-lap, it’s the width of this rail. So if we don’t have to
measure, why should we bother? We can use the workpiece itself. Wedge that in there. Take our next piece, press it up against there nice and tight. Pull that guy out of there. Now we have the perfect reference point to use this pattern bit
referencing from this edge and then this edge, and
it should be perfect. – So what do you say we
grab some safety gear and make a couple cuts.
– [Marc] Sounds good. – That is really pretty smooth, right? – It’s almost too good to be true. – I noticed you did it in two passes. – I did, yeah. With a bit that size, when you’re removing that
much wood, for safety reasons you really should take
it in a couple of bites. – When it comes to making the mid rail I grab my piece of stock and I put it right inside
the channel that you made and you can see that they’re still proud. So I took the time and I
scribed the inside of it and I got my lines right
here. Check it out. Now all I need to do is cut
the other half of the joint over at the table saw. I’ll be right back. We’re gonna be using the rip
fence and the miter gauge. I have a dado blade set here
at the appropriate height and the fence is at the
appropriate distance. I’m gonna do one little pass. Triple check to make sure that it’s nice and parallel with my line. Remove all the material on one side. Then I’m gonna flip the board, change the angle with the miter gauge and make the other half of the cut. Nice! Now I just need to do
the same thing to the top piece and head back and see Marc. Let’s see how this half-lap goes together. – [Marc] If it fits perfectly,
you get to buy me a pizza. – [Tommy] (chuckles) All right. Yeah, nice. Pepperoni?
– [Marc] Call it up, man. Now what we need to do, basically, is the same thing to the top, Marc, and glue it all together. And it looks just like this,
man. It looks awesome, right? – [Marc] It’s beautiful. – [Tommy] And I really love
the way that this curve on the sides connects to the top. – [Marc] So nice. – The challenge is how do we get a rabbet for the backboards and the top. If you look over here at the finished one you can see that we have
this rabbet right here that houses our half inch backboards. They can stay nice and flush to the back. Now with the top it’s two cuts. One is for the thickness of the glass and the other is for a piece of plywood. I suppose there’s a lot of
different ways you could do this. – You could certainly use a rabbeting bit. If you wanted to you
would follow the curve, but then you gotta get your
glass cut to the same curve. – You better be really
good with a glass cutter. – Yeah, so it makes it a
whole lot more difficult. So we’ve got another way to do it. We actually already did that
before with the pattern bit. – It’s the same exact setup, right? – Exactly. All right, Tommy. Check this
out, you’re gonna love this. The same rails that we used before are now at a 90 degree angle and we’re gonna use them
for the routing process to create this rabbet here. – So it really doesn’t matter
that these posts are curved? – No, not at all, because we’re
creating a square reference and the router bit, the
same one we used before, can ride right along that reference line. Now here’s the key, because
we do have a ship lat back going in here, we need some screw surface. So you want to be at least a half an inch at this skinniest point here. – Yeah, at the furthest
point of the curve, right? – Exactly, and where it goes from there doesn’t quite matter because it’s just gonna
get fatter at that point. – I suppose you’re gonna
do a two pass system here because it is a lot of material, right? – Same thing as before.
You take off too much you risk the router kind
of running away from you which is no fun. – Now what about the top half? – Pretty much the same thing.
We’ll just be moving these rails wherever we need
them to create a series of facets instead of a curve. – Cool. What do you say we get
cracking then we can bring it home. – Let’s do it. – When it came to the backboards all I do is I just milled down some
butternut to about a half an inch and they’re about six inches wide and then I cut some rabbets on them so they all interlock
together, right Marc? – [Marc] Right.
– So how do they go together? – It’s a classic ship lat so you’ve got the rabbet on both sides. Of course we’ve got the
rabbet around the frame. These pieces just drop in. They hold each other in place
but they still allow for movement, there’s space
between each board. – And you know what, it looks awesome because if you can look at this panel now it looks really, really great and I think that it adds that old world design to a pretty contemporary
design of these curves. When it came to the mirror,
obviously this is the backside. Hey, where’d you come from? – How’s it going.
(Tommy laughs) Hey, he looks just like me. Now, what happened is I
needed to cut the angle so I could get inside Marc’s
rabbet around this curve. It’s gonna go in just like this, man. You need to be really careful with glass because it will cut you, right Marc? – I think already have a cut, so … – It goes inside the rabbet just like so. Now grab that piece of plywood. What do we have right there? – Quarter inch plywood,
it’s a nice backer for it. Protects it, holds it in place. – It really feels secure, that
this isn’t gonna go anywhere. – Especially with these screws in place. – What are they, number sixes or whatever? – Eh, number six, about 3/4 inch. – Just make sure the
screws aren’t too long where they pop through the front, right? – That would be a disaster. Last screw. – Oh-hoh! Huh? – [Marc] Job well done.
– [Tommy] It is beautiful, right man? – [Marc] Oh yeah.
– [Tommy] Give me some. – Nicely done, man. Looks good. – I really love the contrasting woods of the walnut and the butternut. – Yeah, great blend,
little bit of contrast but this is gonna age nicely. – And the curves, unbelievable, right? The curves on the top and
how they tie into the bottom. – It’s really that
classic-meets-contemporary sort of thing. – Yeah. Now we just took the time to add a couple of our coat hooks
but I suppose you could just turn a couple of
dowels if you want to. – Yeah, you could buy the
hardware, you could turn it. Do what you want to do; It’s your piece. – Now my favorite aspect,
still, is the lid, Marc, because I know I’m just
gonna fill it up with shoes and a bunch of junk but
I’m sure that your son will probably just fill
it with toys, right? – We need more storage, bottom line. Yeah, too many toys in
the house, so, perfect. – Now, talk about the finish. – Well, we went with a wiping varnish, so you can apply as
many coats as you want. That’s the great thing about it. So if you need more protection, maybe this is going in a mud room, you could put more coats on there. – Cool, but you know
what I gotta tell you, not only is this perfect for hiding stuff, but it’s also perfect– – For two old guys to relax. This is nice. – I always tell you guys.
It’s always more fun to bring a friend into your shop
and collaborate together to build a beautiful
work of art, right, man? – Collaboration, you
learn, you can share ideas and you just really come up
with a really nice design. – I gotta tell you, I had a blast today. I hope you did too. This is Marc Spagnuolo,
I’m Tommy MacDonald and we’ll see you next time,
right here on Rough Cut. – [Voiceover] Major funding
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100 comments

  1. I grew up with a pretty thick Boston accent.  Tommy's accent blew that away and any other Boston accent out there.  Almost as thick as the actors in Good Will Hunting.

  2. Congratulations Marc on being a guest host on Rough Cut. No fault to you, but I really miss Norm. I am not sure if it is just Tommy talking so fast or what, but I find watching this show stresses me out.

  3. Nice project & Marc was as informative as was possible in that setup – I kinda wish they'd talked a little faster, though – the whole thing kinda dragged…

  4. @Woodworking with The Wood Whisperer , just curious but for the show who picks the project you are going to do?  Is it a collaborative design?  Great job on the show by the way.

  5. I've never seen this guys show before. Mark, you blow this guy away. PBS Gould ditch him and just direct everyone over here to YouTube. I agree with Mathis's comment, in this case lower budget is a way better quality.

  6. I love rough cut, but as a Texan, I need subtitles for when he gets excited and starts talking fast. I get lost in the Boston accent 🙂

  7. I enjoy watching Wood Whisperer but this video was not my favorite. I understand it's because of the TV aspect, they have to be quick. This project is just a quick summary of something that is very complicated in my book and many wood workers can't even try it since the lack of specialty tools. One thing that bothers me when people say "this is real simple" well maybe to you but not most people. Anyhow Mark i love your channel and keep up great work. 🙂

  8. Great job. At first, you looked like a fish out of the water… lol. But you jumped right in there and looked like you two had alot of fun.

  9. Sorry Marc, but you looked pale in the show. The show was boring,
    If you've been doing it alone, like you always do it was much more interesting.

  10. Whole lot of discussion about style and not a lot about the instructional value. I thought this was an informative piece, and that if you paid attention (and used pause/rewind/forward) you could catch it all. Thanks to Marc for putting it here so it was easy to do that. As for style, I think it's like what kind of food do you like–sometimes spicy, sometimes icy.  For me it was just like a surprise flavor changeup watching Tommy for the first time.  Anybody who wants a more deliberate pace, check out Paul Sellers' work with hand tools.  He is the master of step-by-step at 1X speed, focusing on teaching technique.

  11. Hi, I apologize in advance because it is not the video for this question, I You Might supporting the measures or plan to make a sliding table saw, I do not have the resources to buy it but my dad help me contruirla if I get the planes beforehand will agredezco your attention to this!

  12. Nothing against the show but why do they call it Rrough Cut, isn't a smooth cut what one wants?
     I guess Wood Whisperer works because it's funny, like he really whispers to wood, he doesn't does he?

  13. Thanks to PBS for allowing you to post this. Thanks to you for sharing it. Great project and great tips. I felt bad for you Marc a couple times because you looked uncomfortable, but you handled it like a champ! Congrats for being recognized with this honor. I wish you many more tv spots!

  14. Who is this guy?  Is he like the the Sylvester Stallone of wood working?  Sounds like a few too many punches to the noggin if you get my drift.

  15. this was a bit too fast this should have been a multiple part or a longer video my eyes just glazed over 5 minutes in

  16. Marc you are in a completely different league to this guy… sooo much better tommy seems like he has had 10 cups of coffee before he filmed this. plus marc you come across natrually as being far more knowledgeable in woodworking 

  17. For anyone not familiar with Tommy MacDonald, he is highly skilled furniture maker. It doesn't seem so from his PBS show because it is designed for beginners and he has such a surfer boy personality. I followed him when he was just making Internet video and he did some really impressive stuff and he spent the time to show you everything. When they announced he was going to star in a woodworking show to replace New Yankee, I couldn't figure out how his personality was going to play on real TV. He is toned down quite a bit, believe it or not. What I can't figure out is how they were able to show so much detail on New Yankee Workshop and this show seems so high speed and still skipping a lot of detail.

  18. Top Curved Rail………….. wasn't explained " how to do it "………….besides….the rush of the Video………… too much. Sometimes I think a Rushed Video like this one……has a reason.   At the beginning I was ready with my pencil n a paper to get notes…….didn't get one note.  This project its nice…… slow down & avoid mistakes………………..thnks

  19. Can you do a show about the different  kinds of wood and what kinds work well for furniture building for beginners in woodworking

  20. Nice video Mark loved it. Just one tip if you please. When installing the backing for a glass or merrier just remember to angle the fasteners to prevent breaking the glass. Just might want to mention that for the beginner's. It would have helped me.
    Thanks Adam

  21. good video, but heavy on the product ads before and after, but without them I guess there would be no video! 🙂

  22. Great video, thanks. Question, for the hinge would a continuous or piano hinge make any difference other than appearance?

  23. This very much screams of 'entertaining the masses', basically another high budget low information t.v. show. Hence why I really enjoy your youtube channel (and others such as Matthias and Diresta), I get to see your skills really put to work and learn a ton of useful tips, all the while getting motivation to make my own things around home. 

    Keep up the awesome work!

  24. Brother, I gotta say you guys knocked it outta the park with this beautiful piece! Great job and lots of great tips! Thanks for the video post!

  25. I'm sorry that this comment is going to sound so negative and I'm really not out to just bash on the guy but Tommy reminds me of a crooked used car salesman and he puts off a vibe like he's really enamored with himself. He just seems so… I don't know… fake, like he lacks sincerity or like he's trying too hard to present a polished and smooth image.
    I don't know the guy and I could be completely wrong but that's just how he comes off to me.
    I don't doubt that he's got woodworking skills but it appears that he thinks of himself as a star long before he thinks of himself as a teacher or craftsman. Maybe the show has gone to his head.
    It's odd how Marc is almost a complete opposite in his on-screen demeanor. Marc seems to be more about substance and less concerned about his image from moment to moment and that makes me feel like he is being more honest in his presentation.
    But hey, maybe it's all just me.

  26. Been looking for one of these everywhere for our new house since we have no front entry closet. Can't find one that doesn't look gaudy as all hell. This one looks simple and beautiful, so I think i might be giving this a shot.

  27. Could you explain why you notch the corners of the bottom, as opposed to notching the legs?  Doesn't this allow a small gap in the base?

  28. This project is exactly what I plan on surprising my wife with in the next month or so.  Thank you Marc and Tommy for presenting this project.

    I have read many of these insulting comments here on YouTube and on the TWW website and I am appalled.  

    It is disheartening to see how discourse has devolved with the evolution of the Internet.

  29. This made me realize a reason that I like your show as much as I do. The pace. This show was so frantic and rushed, I couldn't even take in what you were doing here. I don't recall that feeling from the New Yankee Workshop. But I know that the pace of your show on the internet is perfect.

  30. That was a really fun segment. Wow, Tommy is a fast talker! While I enjoyed the show, it definitely proves the pace of internet videos is far superior to TV in that you don't have to cram everything into a time slot

  31. 3:48 I seriously thought one of them would go "it's perfect for a two-year-old, he's at that age where he starts acting up, getting loud, you toss him in the hollow bench, throw a couple of 30-pound barbels on top, it'll quiet him down real quick. Thick, solid butternut wood here, no way a 2-year-old's getting through that, and it muffles the screams real good."

    I'm ……. reliev-appointed…..? I think??

  32. Tommy is a shithead. He should stay away from woodworking and open up a damn beauty salon so that he can talk about how much of a ass hole he is.

  33. Damn. I can't say I would want to hang out with the guy, and he probably wouldn't want to with me, but how do all of you know so much about his intentions, and ethics, and all these other assumptions that you make.
    Seems to me most of these people posting are the ones with the issues. Someone saw people in Boston commit an atrocious act 20 years ago and of course this guy must be someone who would do the same thing because he is from Boston , Right, right, right ?

    Everyone is a Monday morning quarterback right, but you didn't even play a day of football in your life. That is a metaphor – right.

    Keep on criticizing and judging people you don't know to show how prejudice "they are". That really is a positive contribution. Good work ya'll

  34. Love the project. Obviously it is hard to show it on a show as short as his. It did feel rushed but that is time limits etc I'd expect. the Project turned out great. But I would expect no less from you two. Still prefer how you do things video wise.

  35. well mark the only thing I have to say is please don't leave us on the tube. Primetime wood working died with the ending of The New Yankee Workshop. Great job on show. Tommy just looked like he was reading from que cards.

  36. Mark…a really good show. The comparison is more than obvious…he is an incredible craftsman, but you smoke him with talent in front of the camera. We are all very happy with where you are. Long live the Wood Whisperer….

  37. Hey, Marc! Great work, as usual. Thanks for sharing.
    Is there a chance you repeated the entire project without the other guy on the video? Nothing personal, but the man just lacks charisma, and makes the whole thing unbearable to watch.
    Cheers!

  38. It seemed so awkward. I also don't like how the back moves so much. Maybe it's just the mirror making it look worse than it is but it seems like it's just flopping all over the place at the end.

  39. Tommy seems controlling. It’s like, yeah Tommy, I was about to do that rabbet…I don’t need you to tell me to go ahead and do it.

  40. I like how the magic of TV made the domino fence flip up when the camera changed angles. I'm gonna have to check out the website on this project.

  41. JMO, I think Tommy Mac loves his hair and camera more that woodworking! How much time did you waste while he looked in the mirror?!?

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