Experience Woodworking

With Tom McLaughlin

I remember the moment I stepped into his shop like it was yesterday. Hundreds of  furniture patterns lined the walls, classic machinery arranged in the middle, well worn hand tools laying beside artsy furniture parts on workbenches, and ahhh, the wonderful fragrance of antiquity. At the center of it all was the talented and gracious, 73 yr old master craftsman P. A. “Pug” Moore.

I never imagined that visit would lead to an apprenticeship with him, for what turned into three amazing years together, side by side. Now 25 years and hundreds of custom furniture pieces later, I see the positive impact that humble man had on my life. Having a mentor like Pug Moore moved me forward so much further and faster than I could have gone alone — not to mention it was a lot more fun sharing the experience together. And this is where you come in… Epic Woodworking was formed in order to open my shop doors to you. Step in for a while —  whether online or on-site — find a place at the workbench, and share some creative moments with me in this wonderful craft. You may just be interested in hanging out, or making a piece for friends and family, or going even deeper. But wherever it leads, I hope we find ourselves making something more beautiful of our lives. Thanks, Tom

Tom McLaughlin in front of the shop in Canterbury, NH
Tom McLaughlin in front of the shop

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In the Media RoughCutLogo

Tom McLaughlin is back for Season 6 as a 3-episode “regular” on Public Television’s Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac. Check your local listings to watch Tom and Tommy collaborating again on episodes 2, 7 and 13. If you’re not sure if Rough Cut shows in your area, click here for a Station Finder tool.

Craftsman Style Rocking Chair

Last year Tom built a rocking chair for an episode of Rough Cut that’s design and construction drew a lot of attention. Click here to learn more about building a rocker which is a slightly revised design of that original design chair. It has a 4½“ higher back to accommodate taller sitters, appropriately adapted backrest for greater comfort, and increased curvature on the rockers for optimal rocking.

Video Content

Most recent listed first

Watch – Do it Yourself Shelf Time lapse

Watch – Making a Cherry Half-round Desk

Watch  – Making a Live-edge Walnut Countertop

Watch  – Woodfinishing Techniques

Watch  – The Banquette Project

Watch  – Designing Furniture

Other Points of Interest

Testimonials – Read comments from Tom’s students

About  – How it all began

Media – Tom’s presence in the Media over the years

Gallery – View Tom’s Furniture Portfolio