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10-09-2011 10:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

Weather you call him T-Chisel, T-Mac, Tommy Mac, or Thomas J. MacDonald- to me he’s a conundrum. You see, I’m not sure if I like him or hate him…

I know I cringe every time I hear him say something like “Come on guys, you can do this, it’s not that hard…” which sounds to me like he’s really thinking “Look here you freaking morons, even a drooling imbecile like you should be able to fumble your way through this…”

But, at the same time, I find myself strangely drawn to him. No, it’s not because I enjoy the way he looks into the camera repeatedly during the course of a project to flutter his eyelashes and tell us how good looking he thinks he is. (At least a half dozen times in the Bombe Secretary series). I think it’s because he has undeniable talent.

I’ve thought long and hard about it, and I’ve decided that he isn’t the egomaniac he appears to be at times. In fact I think he may even have a GENUINE desire to help others be better woodworkers. I still could do without the “You can do this guys, it’s not that hard…” every ten minutes, but that’s just me.

So, why am I even bringing this up. Well, I’ve been watching his older videos again at And I’ve really learned a lot, in fact, I learn more every time I re-watch them. I think I may even be about to admit that I am enjoying them…

Right now I’m on the Bombe Secretary series, which is about 80 film clips of 5-15 minutes each. And a real gem can be found in almost every clip. Plus that older guy that assists him (Al D’Attanasio) could have a job in my shop ANY day! So I HIGHLY recommend that every woodworker here suffer through the occasional cheesy quip and regular doses of “Come on, Guys”. The skills this guy teaches (for free, I might add) is well worth it.

So in conclusion- If you’re out there Mr. T. Chisel… you’re starting to grow on me. And that’s not easy to do, just ask that thing on my neck…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 10:25 PM

Norm Abram he is not, but he does have a natural ability in front of and off camera

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 10:33 PM

Tommy is a great guy to talk to. I met him at the Baltimore Woodworking show. And he knew me when I walked up to his booth. Having my picture taken with T-Mac and Charles Neal was great Of course Charles gave me a set of Rabbit Ears.

The owner of the Woodcraft store was wanted who that guy was with his two guys. Both Charles and Tommy work with the Woodcraft Company.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 10:40 PM

Stumpy, sounds like you have a man-crush and just hate to admit it. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 10:44 PM

I don’t know T Chizzzel, and have nothing bad to say about him. I don’t think his show is great (probably not of his doing…from what I hear woodcraft owns his balls)...nor have I watched all of them. But at least its something out there. So for that..thanks T-DawG.

What I do know… is that when I want to learn something I watch Charles Neil. He is so far superior to any other videos I have ever seen that I just stopped looking for content elsewhere. I honestly feel like I am wasting time watching someone else try and explain it. If he is doing it you better believe I am paying attention.

Those who are not subscribing to his Mastering Wood Working series have really missed the boat. Improve your wood working knowledge to master level tricks of the trade.

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#5 posted 10-09-2011 10:52 PM

I searched Bombe Secretary series and got a 70’s porn flick.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 10:55 PM

Hey CharlieM and miles125 , LMAO !!! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 11:06 PM

You know how I hate to drop names, but the other day I was at a show and met Fred Muckenfutch and he and Bill Frankenfletcher let me take my picture with them, so…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 11:15 PM

does anyone know when tommy mac is going to start posting season 2 on the website????? phil

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#9 posted 10-09-2011 11:22 PM

SNubs..Hahahaha : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 11:28 PM

There are several aspects to T-Mac. His talent is undeniable. His ability to share that talent is very good. I think his desire to be helpful and provide good advice is also beyond question. What is left is his personality/style.

I happen to like his style and personality. Even if I didn’t, I would put up with it because he has so much great advice to share and he shares it willingly and gladly. I particularly like the balance he maintains between the use of power tools and hand tools. With all due respect, Norm was a power tool guy who only used a hand tool occasionally. There is definitely an important place for hand tools in almost any project. Tommy teaches that well. Norm increased the sale of biscuit jointers. Tommy will increase the sale of hand planes.

In the first season he had a few rough moments. I have jokingly said that maybe in the second season he could change the name to “fine cut” because the rough moments will be gone (or at least reduced).

Hey Tommy – You can use the name “Fine Cut” without paying any royalty to me.

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

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#11 posted 10-09-2011 11:34 PM

Funny thing, RawDog- I once came upon a video on Youtube of this guy in what looked to me like an old basement full of junk talking about woodworking. I watched for a minute or two and then decided that guy should stick to making projects and not videos because he comes across as a rambling hillbilly who couldn’t put two coherent sentences together when confronted with a camera.

Some time later, after hearing somebody raving about him, I went to Charles Neil’s website and darn if it wasn’t the same guy!!!!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#12 posted 10-09-2011 11:41 PM

Tommy- You may not have to pay RichGreer for the new nickname, but you will have to pay me ‘cause for years the ladies have called me Fine Cut. (I have washboard abs and a tight little behind.)

I have only watched one episode of Rough Cut. I hated it because it was too rushed. They were trying to put way too much into a half hour. Norm used to break it up into more episodes. I’d watch it if it was on, but I don’t seem to get it here. My experience is with his older video pod casts, which are multi-episode and so MUCH more informative. Again, I like his effort, love his skill, but wonder if he treats everyone in his shop like a retard sometimes…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#13 posted 10-10-2011 12:11 AM

He has some rough edges. Some of his repeated phrases bug me a little, “look it” and “come on guys”, but those are trivial details. Once he slows down a bit and gets used to making a tv show, he will grow and the show will be better for it. He is a good wood worker. In my opinion, I liked to watch David Marks the most. I saw him as a true artist. Howevrer, I like all ww shows, because i like woodworking. Some shows are better than others however. I will watch American Woodworker, but i find myself questioning Scott’s talent level. But I still like to never know when you might learn something from one of them. I also think the wood whisperer does a fine job, and possibly could make the best show. He is informative and talented.

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#14 posted 10-10-2011 12:22 AM

Tommy, If you are out there in cyberspace, I love ya even if Stumpy doesn’t ;-)) + Everything Rich said ^2

Stumpy, Do you think Tommy pumps up for the shoots or just naturally muscular and athletic?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 10-10-2011 12:45 AM

Topo- Get a room, will ya…

Shane- I got the same impression of American Woodworker as you. He’s the kind of guy who would make a highboy with biscuit joinery… in fact, I think he DID!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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