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The latest issue of Fine Wood Working came in the mail today and was eagerly awaiting my return home. After scarfing down supper I was skimming through it and came across an ad towards the back. It was for Rough Cut Woodworking with a new host Tom Mclaughlin from New Hampshire. I knew Tommy MacDonald had left the show after the last season was wrapped and that he had washed his hands of PBS and was moving in some new direction. I have met both these craftsmen and they are both really nice guys. Some of my favorite episodes of RC were the ones when Tom Mclaughlin was a guest. Hopefully the two are still on good terms personally. It seems kind of cheap on WGBH's part to simply recast the host of the show. Why couldn't they come up with a new show title? That said I will tune in this spring when the new episodes air to see what direction the show goes in. Tom was an instructor at both of the Weekend With Wood events I attended and he did an excellent job on his seminars. He offered some great advice to me on a project that I was working on at the time and was a big help.
I just caught the first episode of Rough Cut where I've seen his new tool layout on the bottom floor of his new shop. The shop itself is really (really) nice, but the tools he has are spectacular. All SCM group stuff (Mini-Max) and he got what looks to be $100K worth of their stuff in there. Sliding combo table saw (mortiser, shaper, and jointer), a separate 16" jointer, what looked to be a 40" or so belt sander, a lathe, and an awesome planer that motorized table adjustments. He did (almost) apologize for the extravagant set up, promising the jobs could be done with smaller machines. I have to admit, I lost a little enthusiasm for hs show when I saw the stuff. Then he went upstairs (apparently his hand tools shop) and laying on one bench was all kinds of LN boxes, he previously used Woodriver planes and stuff. His tooling has always been changing somewhat with his sponsors, and now he has SCM as one. Woodcraft is still there as well.