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LEARNING WOODWORKING ON A BUDGET

by a1Jim
posted 10-12-2010 09:42 PM


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Domer

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 09:51 PM

I attended a workshop at our local Woodworkers Guild last year and asked the presenter, a famous woodworking personality, if there was a good DVD or book available on how to build a case that showed you how it went together. He said there wasn’t one but he was wrong.

Charles Neil’s Cases and Bases is a great way to take a class from a master and if you missed something, you can watch it again. I am in the middle of building a china cabinet and have watched Cases and Bases at least three times. In addition, you can e-mail Charles with specific questions and he will answer.

I have at least 4 of his DVD sets. They are worth every penny.

His You Tube videos are also great.

Keep up the good work Charles. I would love to come to your shop and meet you one of these days.

Domer

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 10:01 PM

Domer
I have many of Charles videos I agree they are all worth every cent. In his on line mastering woodworking you can get videos for a couple dollars more to view over and over plus if you sign up he has an on line archive that you can go back and watch as many times as you want.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ocwoodworker

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 10:06 PM

Just signed up to his guild 2 months ago. Love it. Bought his vids on coloring and also on finishing. Also bought 2 cans of his water based blotch control (also an amazing product). Would love to go and visit him. He seems like a person anyone could get along with.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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interpim

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 10:36 PM

no offense, I really appreciate someone who is dedicated enough to post videos on our hobby… and I really admire the work that Charles Neil creates. I cannot sit through any of his videos. I’m not sure what it is about his show, but I will start into it and end up leaving the video before it gets a quarter into it. Then again I have that same feeling about some other famous outstanding woodworkers too. I love watching Marc Spagnuolo and back in the day Norm Abram, but David Marks was hit and miss… Roy Underhill was a tough one as well.

-- San Diego, CA

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 10:58 PM

Jim, I signed up this morning with Charles Neil, believe it or not. A week or so ago I signed up on The Wood Whisperer and there is a 6 part series of Charles Neil’s about building a Chippendale dresser. I have watched the whole six part series during the last week and I love his videos. I love Charles’ laid back style and to me he is very entertaining, but it’s not just that, his programs are totally full of meat and you have to pay attention or you’ll miss something important. Of course, I’m really partial to antiques and period furniture and I love the furniture that he builds. I’m within a 45 mile drive of a Woodcraft store and also Highland Hardware and they both have numerous courses but I can’t afford them nor can I afford the time involved away from my shop. I basically just have the weekends for my woodworking and most of the courses are on the weekends. These internet courses are totally affordable and teach a lot. So I agree with you. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 11:11 PM

Interpim and jorge

I guess that’s what a free country is all about we are all free to have our own take on things. There are woodworkers on tV and on line that I’m not interested in watching even if they have fancy productions their skill level is not as high as I’m interested in watching.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 11:17 PM

Jim,

Thank you for the information!

Question on the Online subscription… A new episode comes out weekly… Can one look at other weeks that may be archived or is an episode on for a week and then REPLACED with another one?

I subscribed for the Newsletter…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 11:30 PM

Hey Joe
I think you only have access to the project you signed up for other wise it would’nt be fair to the people who signed up before. He’s about to start a new project so now is a good time to sign up.
To be sure you can e mail Charles

charles@charlesneil.com

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 11:42 PM

OK, thanks… will email Charles and ask him.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 10-12-2010 11:50 PM

Great Post

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 10-13-2010 12:07 AM

Thanks, Jim.

I went on youtube this evening and found a series he did on cupped wood. Very timely and informative.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 10-13-2010 01:22 AM

I signed up with Charles Neil for the monthly thing, including his dvd’s, and I know that it will be a bargain and I’m sure that I will not in any way regret it and I look forward to all of the good things to come. This is based on watching 6 hours of his instruction.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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sedcokid

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#13 posted 10-13-2010 02:39 AM

Jim,
Thanks for sharing this info. I look forward to watching the series.
Chuck

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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RBWoodworker

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#14 posted 10-13-2010 05:25 AM

I have been declared “Legally deaf” by the state of California and I cannot hear on a telephone..period..I can hear sounds and certain speech pitches but Charles has that “Tone and Pitch” I can hear better than others…. One day I was having some serious trouble figuring out how to make reeds on a tapered legs of a sideboard I wanted to do.. So I e mailed A1Jim who in turn..told me to get a hold of Charles Neil and gave me his e mail address..so I e mailed Charles with very little expectations since this was a man who has a ton of followers.. work, and a show to produce..so I was not expecting a whole lot of his time..this man.. Charles.. e mailed me back in about 20 minutes..I explained to him what I was trying to do and that I had zero experience milling reeds to tapered legs..and through out the entire day.. he e mailed me back and forth until I had it completely down and was comfortable doing the procedure..NEVER..EVER..has anyone..taken time like that man did..EVER..and his advise was dead on..it was then and there..I knew I wanted to see what this man had to offer..and what he was all about.. Best person on earth..bar none..he’s knowledgeable.. funny and willing to help wherever needed..

Seriously..if you have ever wondered how certain things are done on any period or contemporary pieces that just grab your attention.. send him an e mail.. he will tell you all about it and how you too, can do it also on your next design..His store has some really great products..I just got both blades he sells and both are awesome..I mean awesome.. cuts like glass.. he does not sell junk or gimmicks either..but high quality stuff.. Check it out..Seriously

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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#15 posted 10-13-2010 06:00 AM

a1Jim

Thanks for the insight. I find I can not spend enough time reading and learning more about woodworking. This is one source I was not aware of. Thanks again for the new lead!

-- nordichomey

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Joe Lyddon

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#16 posted 10-13-2010 06:40 AM

“Jim,

Thank you for the information!

Question on the Online subscription… A new episode comes out weekly… Can one look at other weeks that may be archived or is an episode on for a week and then REPLACED with another one?”

I found the answer!

All I had to do was READ to Details! :)

At the Weekly Subscription page, it says:

“Let’s get to the details:
The show is only available to subscribers, it is username/password protected.
When you log into our web site with your username/password, the video player will play the current episode of the show. The episode will change on Thursdays at 7:00pm EST. Episodes are archived from the day you subscribe, previous episodes are available to purchase (email support for details). You will be able to watch them at any time in the future.

That sounds as fair as it can be!

Why didn’t I just READ all of the details? Getting OLD… I guess… Sorry for the disturbance…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#17 posted 10-13-2010 06:44 AM

I should have read that too. Thanks for letting us know Joe

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#18 posted 10-14-2010 02:31 AM

Nice post Jim. I watched his video on using a jointer when I first got mine and I was off and running confident that my technique was sound.

Charles is in the Shenandoah Valley a few hours north of me, so maybe one of these days I will have to see if he lets anyone in his shop.

He might be way too busy for that type of thing, but his videos are awesome teaching for fine woodworking techniques.

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#19 posted 10-14-2010 04:33 AM

Great post! Good exchange and a lot of information, Thank you all

-- Ken

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#20 posted 10-14-2010 05:02 AM

I work for Woodcraft in PA and I get asked a lot of questions about finishing. Thanks to what I have learned from Charles I am able to answer many of the questions. However for the questions I can’t answer I just get on my cell phone and call Charles. Most times I give the phone to the customer and he explains the steps needed to get their finishing jobs done. Last week I had a guy talk to him for over 20 min on how to finish a door with a lot of details on it. When he gave the phone back he said he could not believe that Charles would take that much time out of his day to help him out. It is really nice to have this type of support.

-- Mike www.flickr.com/photos/paturner

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#21 posted 10-14-2010 05:10 AM

Great story Mike It sounds like Charles alright ,he was probibly spraying a great finish on a great piece of furniture with the other hand while he talked to your customer with the other hand. LOL I just don’t know how he does all the things he does and so well.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#22 posted 10-15-2010 06:38 PM

I have to agree Charles is great. I first came across him a few years back watching one of his fun videos on a tool vest. Then last year I was really fretting over the finish of a maple farm table. I was really concerned because I wanted to stain it and did not want it to blotch. I stumbled across Charles again. I bought his DVD on finishing and it was a great purchase. Mind you, I also purchased a number of books prior to this but was still a bit concerned. Well his video really set me straight. I also once emailed him with a question regarding shellac expecting to maybe get a reply down the road sometime. He replied back the same day. I have learned so much watching his videos and his simple matter-of-fact way of doing things and explaining them always makes me feel like I am right there in the shop discussing it with him. The top of my latest project has a profile edge using his router bit.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#23 posted 10-16-2010 02:49 AM

Some good info there Jim. I’m still new to wood working so I’m always interested in any tips, tricks, etc. I can pick up. I’ve learned a lot watching the Wood Whisperer and will be checking out Charles Neil’s stuff pronto.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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Jesse

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#24 posted 10-20-2010 07:27 AM

Thanks for sharing that! Just spent a hour or so watching his youtube vids. Of course, it’s a bit like listening to my dad though lol. ” See you just need one of these …flat bottom…thingers”

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