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Charles Neil’s new book on finishing”Finishing,Simply put”

Charles Neil’s new book on finishing”Finishing,Simply put”

248 days ago by a1Jim | 18 comments »

Hi friends I just received my copy of Charles Neil’s new book on finishing “Finishing,Simply put”I have been waiting some time for it to be completed. When Charles does something he always goes 150% on it, This book has taken a while to get published because Charles would keep adding more to it, to make sure all of the information he could, based on has accumulated knowledge of his 46 years of furniture making and finishing was included. This book is chuck full of all types of the up to date ...

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FINISHING NIGHTMARES/AVOIDING & FIXING

FINISHING NIGHTMARES/AVOIDING & FIXING

855 days ago by a1Jim | 12 comments »

I just finished watching the two disc DVD set by Charles Neil . I own almost all of Charles DVD sets and thought having viewed Charles finishing A-Z beyond the books, a ten disc set ,full of great finishing info, that there would not be that much new for me to learn ,but as usual just when I think I have picked up all the know information Charles has to offer he brings all new ideas and details to light. Of course there was some review of how finishing works but there were also things not tou...

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CHARLES NEIL'S "BASIC CHAIR MAKING" DVD SET

CHARLES NEIL'S "BASIC CHAIR MAKING" DVD SET

1025 days ago by a1Jim | 10 comments »

Hi friends I just finished watching my copy of Charles Neil’s basic chair making Dvd’s. This is a five disc set covers way more than basic chair making. As usual Charles amazing know how and detailed instruction shows the viewer the in’s and out’s of chair making , Including great short cuts amazing jigs and clear an precise tricks to what could be very complicated for even someone who has previous experience making chairs. This set is a bargain considering some cha...

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CHARLES NEILS IT'S ALL ABOUT COLOR  DVDs

CHARLES NEILS IT'S ALL ABOUT COLOR DVDs

1514 days ago by a1Jim | 23 comments »

My long awaited DVD set, Charles Neil’s,” It’s All About The Color”, that I ordered a while back, came today. I’m suppose to be in the shop right now, but thought I would watch just one of the 6 DVDs . It didnt work out that way… I’m watching #3 right now. What’s it about? It covers waterbase finishes and how to get the color you want from each one. One DVD for 6 of the main woods: cherry,oaks,maples,walnut,poplar and mahogany. It’s great...

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CHARLES NEIL BLOTCH CONTROL

CHARLES NEIL BLOTCH CONTROL

1535 days ago by a1Jim | 47 comments »

Hey friends and neighborsI received my can of Charles Neils Blotch control almost a week ago and I have been waiting to give it a try due to my work schedule I decided to give it a go on some poplar knowing it’s one of the worst woods to blotch when stain is applied.I sanded this six quarter piece of poplar as I would preparing for staining for all woods I’m about to finish going through the grits up to 220 grit as the instructions suggest. I then applied a first coat of blotch c...

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CASES AND BASES  BY CHARLES NEIL

CASES AND BASES BY CHARLES NEIL

1680 days ago by a1Jim | 23 comments »

I received my long awaited DVD set “Cases And Bases” by Charles Neil. Charles is a one of a kind he’s as real as it gets and as knowledgeable as anyone I’ve ever watched there Videos or read there books . I own most of Charles DVDs and have been more than pleased with every one I’ve ever purchased or seen on you tube.This DVD set has a total of 8 disc. covering every thing you could imagine and more about many differencestyles of base and case work and techniques...

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12” Grizzly G0609X  spiral head jointer

12” Grizzly G0609X spiral head jointer

1698 days ago by a1Jim | 21 comments »

12” Grizzly G0609X spiral head jointer An LJ friend asked if I could do a review on my 12”spiral head Grizzly jointer. having never reviewed a large piece of machinery before excuse me if I miss details but I’ll give it a go. I have owned my 12” jointer For about a year. When delivered I had lift gate service and a couple of small dollies made by HF rated at 1000 lbs since This jointer is rated at about 1050 lbs. It was packed well in a nice wooden crate and took some time to uncrat...

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Woodworking Publication Greene & Greene design elements for the workshop by Darrell Peart

Woodworking Publication Greene & Greene design elements for the workshop by Darrell Peart

1857 days ago by a1Jim | 17 comments »

Having seen Many of Darrell Pearts fine Greene and Greene inspired most wonderful fine furniture pieces posted on LJ s I thought I would look at his profile and found his great web site were he had his book available so I decided to order one. When I Ordered this book my expectations were low because I’ve purchased artisans books from web site before and received anything from computer printed pages stapled together to what looks like a pamphlet with minimal information. After receiving...

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Fine woodworking Archive 1975-2008

Fine woodworking Archive 1975-2008

2030 days ago by a1Jim | 5 comments »

Hey Gang I have subscribed to up to 12 different Magazines at one time and My favorite has been Finewoodworking.I know each woodworker has there own favorite . The truth of the matter is I have complete collections of Fine woodworking , Fine Home building , Wood , Woodsmith, and woodshop News plus a couple hundred books. If you think that takes up a lot of room your right. When they announced the were coming out with a complete collection of Fine Woodworking on DVD I was sceptical about ho...

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