You might be a LumberJock if you visit the shop of a LumberJock and you fail to take any pictures. So Sorry. As I was leaving I said to my son-in-law. I didn’t take any picture and I think Charles was ready to kick us out.
End of Story.
Now the beginning.
I sent Charles an e-mail a few months ago and told them that my son-in-law and daughter lived about 15 miles from him and sometime when I’m visiting them that I’d like to visit him.
He replied make sure that you do.
Last Sunday / Monday I make a quick trip to Virginia and I was leaving about noon on Monday, but I gave the shop a call. Sherri answered and said come-on-down. Just what a LumberJock likes to hear from a woodworking business and a fellow LumberJock.
We took the back way to visit the countryside and stay off the interstate. It was about 20 minutes to get to The Workshop of Charles Neil
It’s an old mechanic shop that he has converted to a workshop.
His hours say that he’s in.
My son-in-law Albert, and his son Albie came along with my son David. I’m behind the camera. So we had 4 lumberjocks visiting another.
We walk in the door and This gentleman in work attire was leaning over a new Sawstop and probably cursing under his breath (even thought he doesn’t always do it under his breath). He was using a block of wood trying to pry a saw blade off the arbor of his new saw.
I didn’t think this would be the normal procedures.
It seem, that Charles was cutting a piece of red oak on his saw and the blade stopped. It didn’t require a hot-dog or a finger to do it, it did it all on it’s own. But it didn’t work the way that the Manufactures sales brochures says that it works either. The blade just stopped and didn’t fall beneath the table saw surface. Two blade teeth were stuck in the aluminum block and the whole shebang was not wanting to come off the saw.
After much prying, the blade and the SawStop stopping mechanism were off. It looked like dry wood to me, but in any case the SawStop stopping mechanism didn’t work as advertised. The blade had a red Teflon coating and Charles said that he might have heard that there are problems with that blade on the SawStop.
Since he was stopped working he took me on a tour of his shop and showed me his impressive tool collection.
(Pictures not available)
One item that I did take a picture of was the Birds Eye box.
Charles has an opinion on many things but he likes finishing. I had previously bought his 10 DVD set on finishing. They had just arrived before I left for Virginia so I’ve not seen them yet. We discussed some finishing problems that I had just run into. We sat down at one of his workbenches, which in reality is his coffee table. And we discussed woodworkers and their problems. One woodworker from Europe had e-mailed him about wood bleaching and Charles had told him that he needed to neutralize the bleach after using it. He was 50 some years old and didn’t know what neutralize meant. He tried to explain it and he said if he calls back again he will tell him to put some baking soda in his car battery. He will then know what neutralize means.
Charles said that he had 3 cars in Hot Rod magazine that he had painted by the time that he was in his early 20’s. So he knows his finishing.
Billie, Charles helper took my son-in-law to show him where the bathroom was. I’m sorry I didn’t have to go, because he said that you walk through one of Charles wood stashes to get there.
We spend a couple of hours keeping him from making a decent living, and so we bid him ado. He did say that in May he is having a BBQ on the property and is inviting all woodworkers to come and visit. He said it was shown on his Forum page. It’s May 24 from 9:00 till ? Nothing planned. Some other woodworkers from around the country say that they plan to come.
Sounds like a LumberJock Picnic to me. I’ll keep you informed.
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