WGBH's Emmy® Nominated Woodworking Show to Feature Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman and Jim Craig, Goalie for the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Hockey Team

Host Tommy MacDonald

WGBH's Emmy® Nominated woodworking series Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac is back for a third season featuring thirteen brand-new projects and two special celebrity guest stars. Beginning Saturday, October 6, 2012 (check local listings), master woodworker Tommy MacDonald walks viewers through creating a collection of diverse pieces of furniture for all skill levels in a variety of projects that offer distinctive contemporary and traditional styles. Tune in to learn how to make a coopered leg table, workbench, barley twist lamp, mitered hall table, dovetailed toolbox, frame with hand carved lettering, bamboo vanity, laminated bowl, demilune table, free standing deck, and Tommy's latest triumph-a steam bent lounge chair.

Tommy also travels to Los Angeles to visit the woodshop of Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on NBC's hit series Parks and Recreation. Mr. Offerman, an accomplished woodworker and proprietor of the Offerman Woodshop, joins forces with Tommy to build a king-size platform bed. Using mortises and tenons, a stunning live-edge ambrosia maple headboard tops off the simple bed frame. Planning ahead, Tommy shows some tricks to make a king-sized bed easy to transport.

"Nick is a true renaissance man," says Tommy MacDonald. "Everyone knows him for his work on Parks and Recreation, but he's also able to create some top-notch woodworking projects including tables, cabinets, and even the Huckleberry, a seventeen foot long red cedar strip canoe."

The season concludes with a special project of Olympic proportions when Tommy visits the home of Jim Craig, legendary goalie of the inspirational 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey team. Flat screen televisions tend to be a focal point in a room, but Tommy is able to create a Walnut Media Center that allows the Craigs to highlight a few other prized possessions. While it may be large, Tommy finds a way to break down the project to move easily from shop to home. Together, they create a media center that is fit for a gold medal.

For more inspiration, Tommy travels across New England and California to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Johnson and Wales' world-famous culinary school, Newport, Rhode Island to visit the International Yacht Restoration School and The Coronet, one of the world's most famous sailing vessels, the Berkshires, Napa Valley, and even a World War II naval ship-the USS Salem.

Within each half-hour episode, Tommy goes over the step-by-step process of building the project, while offering special "T-Mac tips" on technique. Joining Tommy in his shop are series favorites - Eli Cleveland, North Bennet Street School graduate, Boston-based woodworker Al D'Attanasio, and Steve Brown of the North Bennet Street School.

"Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac has given viewers a step-by-step, entertaining look into the creative world of woodworking," says Executive Producer Laurie Donnelly. "Viewers have really responded to Tommy and his woodworking. We hope they will be as excited for the third season as we are."

Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac is produced by WGBH Boston and distributed by American Public Television. Tommy MacDonald is host. Executive producer/director is Laurie Donnelly for WGBH Lifestyle Productions. Major funding provided by Woodcraft. Additional funding provided by Jet, Powermatic, Downes and Reader, Easy Wood Tools, Titebond and Oneida Air Systems.

Tune in for the premiere of Season 3 Saturday, October 6, 2012 (check local listings) and visit for more information.

Beyond Broadcast

Online, Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac offers a multi-platform initiative that includes a comprehensive website. On the website, viewers can join the community forum, see up-to-date updates about the show and Tommy's activities on the Rough Cut blog, and watch short, easy to follow "T Mac Tips" featuring how-to videos on individual parts of Rough Cut projects. Viewers can also become a fan of Rough Cut on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter.

DVDs and plans of episode projects are available for purchase at for $24.99. All project plans are available separately for $10.99 and provide detailed step-by-step instructions with measured drawings for reference. Additionally, fans can purchase the companion book to season one of Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac ($24.95 paperback), where Tommy MacDonald takes us into his shop as he builds the 12 projects from the first season. In this companion book, Tommy shows readers how to create beautiful pieces of furniture while also teaching key woodworking skills. Projects range from a small wall-hung shelf to a serving tray, blanket chest, and trestle table; and all feature measured drawings, a materials list, and step-by-step photos. Peppered throughout are tips, techniques, and woodworking fundamentals.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, AmericanExperience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children's series. WGBH's television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region's diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (including The World), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS Learning Media, a free online service providing the nation's educators with curriculum-based digital content to meet 21st-century learners' needs), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards...even two Oscars. Find more information at

About APT

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America's public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children's series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves' Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming,Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope, America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Lidia's Italy, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Midsomer Murders, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, BBC World News, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin', Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful!and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched and nationally distributed Create® - the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at For more information about APT's programs and services, visit For more information on Create, visit

About Woodcraft

Woodcraft Supply, LLC, is the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities, and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers of all skill levels. For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit or call (800) 535-4482.

Photo Courtesy Of: WGBH/Anthony Tieuli