TV - "Cutting Edge Woodworking" show

I'm ferret-sitting again, so I get to watch cable TV (I don't have a TV of my own - I watch it about once every six months, when I ferret-sit)
Whilst watching the Norm Channel, I found another woodworking show. Paul Blackburn (?) and "Cutting Edge Woodworker". I think it's British. He's a young guy, looks like a contemporary furniture maker with some commercial bespoke experience. Not a bad show really.
Tonight's projects were a circular coffee table, a CD cupboard, and a chest of drawers.
Coffee table was very "Jetsons" in style. A circle of black MDF (Valchromat ?) with walnut veneer on the top surface and an inset glass disk. Legs were tapered "flying saucer" legs, constructed from two flat-panelled solid walnut triangles.
CD cupboard was a carcase of biscuited MDF, covered in maple veneer and with a maple frame and panel top. Six sliding drawers (metal readymade slides) made of more black MDF.
Designs were attractive enough, although they did look like modern shopfitting work rather than domestic furniture. Techniques were reasonable, with just a few grizzles. Card-backed veneer with readymade bookmatching looks ridiculous on a round table. A glued up solid "frame and panel" (sic) doesn't have the crossgrain ends to "stabilise it against warping", they're there to fall off when the middle shrinks and they crack along the join. I did like the idea of using black Valchromat for drawer carcaases though - that would save a lot of effort.
His workshop is a Felder combi machine and "Lester", an unseen assistant who only exists as a disembodied hand. Nice trad bench, but everything else is tailed tools. At one point he borrowed Lester's "posh plane" to chamfer an edge, which turned out to be a bronze L-N #4 (surely a perfect job for a #6, or at least a #5).
Anyone else seen it ?
And I _hate_ weasels as pets. Nasty scrabbling little things that never damned well shut up. Cats are so much more civilised.
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I've caught it a few times. Although I prefer tradional furniture as opposed to the very contemporary stuff featured, he does give some useful information on specific techniques, such a steam-bending, a perennial "wreck" question. His forays to the woodyard and discussions on timber species and grading are also good value.
As for his kit - well, that big Felder uni is something to lust after.
The other thing that smacks me in the eye when I see the show are the wooden double doors behind the workbench. The man who hung those needs hanging himself, either that or a trip to the optician.
All in all it's well worth watching.
Cheers
Frank

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Our cats make far more noise than our ferrets... Ours also sleep about 22 hours a day.
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