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Forum topic by richgreer posted 10-16-2010 08:10 PM 3114 views 1 time favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2010 08:10 PM

I just watched Rough Cut on PBS for the first time. I am very impressed.

In this show they seem to have found the perfect balance between power tools and hand tools with a real focus on hand tool technique.

Today they made a step stool, but the show was really about hand cut dovetails and proper use of chisels, hand saws and marking devices. They also showed the use of a hand smoothing plane to take milling marks out of the wood.

In my opinion, there is a place for power tools and there is a place for hand tools. Many woodworkers seem to be primarily hand tool users or power tool users. This show illustrated an excellent balance of when to use hand tools and when to use power tools.

I highly recommend this show.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 08:55 PM

really i have been looking for this show on my tv and didnt find it yet. i have cox cable. ill have to check again.

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 09:11 PM

I am really irritated. I have 3 local PBS channels and not one of them carries Rough Cut. Ahh well, I still have “This Old House”.

-- I started working with wood because of the biscuits.

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 10:10 PM

If you go to you will see a station finder that will help you find stations in your area that carry this show.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 10:16 PM

Never heard of this show. Decided to see if You Tube had anything on it:

After watching this video I can see why you think so much of it!

-- Jon Banquer San Diego, CA CAD / CAM programmer, CNC Machinist

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 10:27 PM

looks cool – thanks for posting

-- -erik & christy-

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#6 posted 10-16-2010 11:33 PM

It shows very late where I’m at. Just ended, started at 5:00 eastern.

I’m used to these shows being on around the 10 or 11 o’clock this old house time.

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 12:58 AM

I’ve got several of the stations that the station finder on had, but when I go to their websites, I don’t see it listed in their show lineup.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 01:05 AM

I just wish he would slow his presentation down just a little. It’s like they are cramming too much into the time frame.
I’m still voting to have Charles Neil do a TV show.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 01:16 AM

I agree with Howie that the show feels a little rushed and his constant use of the expression, “Hey guys” gets a little irritating. I’m wondering if any female woodworkers are bothered by the expression.

Still, I really like the substance of this show and its basic approach. I like the balance between hand tools and power tools.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 03:00 AM

On this show, it seems like the primary focus is teaching technique and completing a project is a secondary priority. By contrast, on the New Yankee workshop the priority was on completing a project and teaching technique was of secondary importance. Of course, Norm did not do very much with hand tools.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 10-17-2010 06:08 AM

I just watched the stepstool show. Wow he is fast in presentation. I could follow it because I pretty much knew what needed to be done. If I was just getting started, it would have been hard to follow.

I liked the trip to the woodworking school to learn some technique but then was surprised that Tommy didn’t actually use any of the advice. The plus side to that is that you get to see two different processes.

I also liked that he took a few moments to show common mistakes (crowding the line with the chisel, driving too vigorously and creating a split, fixing a gap in a dovetail)

The “hey guys” annoyed me not so much from a gender thing, but just he said it so many times. Norm’s “Well goodmorning” was quaint. Hey guys … right guys 10 times an episode will get a little much after a few seasons… and yes I do hope it stays around for a few seasons.

The power tool / hand tool balance was nice. I appreciated the presentation of the plane and chisel. 30 seconds of showing how quickly a plane can clean up the dovetails after glue up would have been good, but probably ended up on the cutting room floor.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 10-17-2010 07:07 AM

I’ve said it elsewhere ….

They GENUINELY want, and appreciate, constructive criticism from the audience, in order that they might constantly improve their show.


As I posted before, I spent an afternoon with these guys, in their Boston-area shop. I want them to succeed … because I think it’s good for woodworking if they do.

They just happen to be very good and decent guys, too, by the way, and … Eli … is a LumberJock :-)

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 10-17-2010 07:27 AM

I haven’t seen this new show yet on my PBS station…...They are still repeating the old NYW re-runs.
I’m about sick of them, as I’ve seen them all…2-3 times now. Also, they are still playing the last season(s)
of Woodsmith Shop…..I’m tired of them ,too…..So I can’t say about the new show yet…we’ll see….

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#14 posted 10-17-2010 07:51 AM

Thanks gl…..Just have to wait and see, if I ever get to see it…. Oh….. and thanks for adding me to your buddy list….I feel honored.
After all the crap I went through with a couple of people on here, didn’t figure to be anybodys buddy….
I hope you’re getting better everyday with whatall you’ve been through….hang in there….

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#15 posted 10-17-2010 02:46 PM

I can’t seem to find it on Directtv in central PA. Watched the highlights on youtube and it looks like a great show.

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