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Classic Woodworking

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On this episode of Classic 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'll focus on how to make a traditional drawer and will use a special jig to create dovetail corners. This chest is a functional, yet classic piece bolstered by its distinct design.

Inspired by the nearby Shaker Village, host Tom McLaughlin collaborates with guest John Ryan to craft authentic reproduction Shaker oval boxes out of cherry on this episode of Classic Woodworking. 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.

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Wed Jun 17th, 8:30am
Wed Jun 17th, 2:30pm
Thu Jun 18th, 4:30am

In this episode of Classic 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.

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Wed Jun 3rd, 8:30am
Wed Jun 3rd, 2:30pm
Thu Jun 4th, 4:30am

Guest Chris Becksvoort joins host Tom McLaughlin in his shop on this episode of Classic 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.

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Wed Jun 24th, 8:30am
Wed Jun 24th, 2:30pm
Thu Jun 25th, 4:30am

In this episode of Classic 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'll share 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 Classic Woodworking!

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Wed May 27th, 8:30am
Wed May 27th, 2:30pm
Thu May 28th, 4:30am

What does it take to make a tilt-top table? On this episode of Classic 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.

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