|Review by teenagewoodworker||posted 06-14-2008 05:12 AM||1934 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Charles Neil’s Finishing A – Z Beyond the Books is a DVD set that EVERY woodworker should have. it is packed with i think about 15 hours of finishing on 10 DVD’s and it is so thorough.
the two whole DVDs are just on preparing for the finish and sanding and i thought that there wasn’t much to know about sanding and preparing to finish but after Charles goes through it i just thought wow. even on preparing for a finish i learned a lot.
then there are three DVDs on coloring. these videos go over really everything that you need to know. all the way from telling if you have a dye or stain, to controlling color to get whatever look you want with different coats and everything, and everything (and i mean everything) in between. these DVD’s are what i thought helped to really improve my finishing game because it really opened up my eyes to how much there is. its not just a Minwax world now, now i use dyes and better stains and use dyes on woods that i never would have thought to dye before. an example of this is how being inspired by the DVD i dyed some mahogany with a General Finished Vintage Cherry Dye Stain and it really brought out the color a lot. Charles even (which i thought was really cool) goes into some manufacturer finishing techniques such as making maple look like cherry with layering dyes. it really is a great couple of DVDs and is such a help
next is three DVDs on spraying finishes. as you’ve come to expect by now it is very thorough. in the beginning he goes over every aspect of the spray gun because really you have to know the machine before you use it. they all different ways of spraying, different topcoats that you can use, and he even goes far enough to show you ways to practice in your own home.
the next DVD is on hand applied finishes. it goes over a lot of the different finished that there are and goes a lot into the oils from what i recall and even the properties of the finishes. i found it really helpful because again i was able to see many different finishes and learn about them and learn some application techniques.
the last DVD was the Special finishing techniques DVD. this is really the “let me show you how to do some really cool stuff DVD”. its hard to explain but this is a great DVD to watch and talks about glazes and not as much wood finishing but more getting cool finishes on other surfaces such as MDF, but its just a really fun video.
overall this is a wonderful DVD and whether you see your self as a knowledgeable finisher, someone who doesn’t like finishing, and especially someone new to woodworking you will learn a lot and maybe it will even change the way that you woodwork and finish just like it did to me!