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Forum topic by Jeff_F posted 11-19-2009 07:26 PM 2509 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff_F

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11-19-2009 07:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: professional woodworker internet internet show charles neil woodworking show corner cabinet resource humor

Hi,

Charles Neil’s weekly woodworking show is now in it’s 5th episode and it has been extremely informative and fun to watch. Did you ever want to be a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ and watch an experienced woodworker build a project? That is how the show feels. For this first project of building a corner cabinet, they have turned on the camera and you get to watch every detail of construction while Charles provides a running narrative….only the way Chares can do! The yearly cost for the show is less than half of the cost of a typical woodworking class and you get to interact via the dedicated show forum.

They’ve produced a 30 minute preview which is a collection of clips from each episode so that folks that are not currently subscribed can see what it is all about. Here is the link to a preview video announcement that they sent out recently. I recommend you take 30 minutes and watch the video. It is fun to watch and very informative.

http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001pbUA9HXeQV-3ByRaEoeflQDXaNiN5PSkCcSFIYfOHOv14CtYu74WSm3KSMlMnVHVUuOqJsLUhQTaV73z39rBhtas54MW8QGFTxQN7-XkpEMkncOsRMd4ckgTGdUEkcxk2yNFQrgwTWqF272L3vvqbaMhh1S2z5YxM68D4O_kwZxL6E3BEy-cdnV7ug_7j-lc

Thanks,
Jeff

-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com


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#1 posted 11-19-2009 08:28 PM

Took a look at it.
On a Mac computer using Safari as a browser the home page would not link to the sample video or email address. Used FireFox and the links worked but the video was slow downloading and constantly interrupted until I paused it so the down load could get ahead of the play speed.
Not sure I like the “red neck” humor and banter. Blonde jokes are one thing but insulting someone in front of you is another.
Sent them a email about the problem.
Not sure if it is worth the subscription or not.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 08:45 PM

My DSL sucks for watching online videos, I miss my cable internet service. No go for me here with Quest 1.5 DSL.

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 08:47 PM

I subscribe I don’t know anything about redneck humor But Charles is what I call down home(in the south)
works for me. Charles has a lot of know how. For an experienced wood worker it might be a bit of a slow start but Charles is trying to cover all levels of woodworking from the brand new woodworker on up, for $20 a month were can you take any woodworking course, it cost more Than $20 in gas to get there and back.
I have a good number of Charles dvds and even with 20 years experience I’ve learned a heck of a lot. Thanks Charles.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 09:22 PM

Dang I wish I had high speed internet! I got the painfully slow and disruptive Hughes Satelite with megs…
I have all of Charles Neil’ dvd’d and if just at the opertunity to watch his show!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 09:27 PM

As LesB mentions in his post, you can start the video and then hit the ‘Pause’ button…NOT the stop button. This allows the video to continue to download. Wait 5 minutes or so and then hit the play button again. This should solve your problem. Sometimes that is an issue with videos with slower connection speeds.
Jeff

-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 09:38 PM

I guess it’s different for every one I have to put it on pause for 1/2 hour. I had problems and Sherri help my feed maybe she can help you kindlingmaker or sell you the dvd at the end of the project, but I think they are only going to sell that to subscribers.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 11-20-2009 02:32 AM

well i guess i can chime in , since i been a member here and answered more than a few questions , as to the loading time,it all depends on the connection speed you have , we have spent alot of money and done everything possible to make it as fast as we can….the content of the show is based on 30 + years of making a living doing high end woodwork for a living , and as a lot of lumber jock ’s well know, helping folks achieve what they want , and get out of trouble when things went array…the Show is the only way we have found to bring folks , highly detailed , up close and personal techniques and procedures that work , simply put , and as well we will be doing the finshing ..as to the redneck humor thing…i am who i am , and promise nothing more , not here to entertain, or impress, here to teach, and as far as insulting someone on camera… it was a joke …and in fact was my girls idea…and yep they are blond, and if they have something go wrong they refer to it as a blond moment..just fun..lighten up…but there is a simple solution if you dont like me or what i do dont subscribe…it like woodworking …its only difficult if you insist…lets keep it simple , thats what i do later ya’ll ...

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 03:17 AM

In order not to start an off subject dialog in this thread I will send Charles a personal apology and explanation of my comments.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 03:44 AM

I tried to watch the 30 min freebie (I got it as a newsletter email) and it froze up just around the time Charles starts giving his view on working ‘without plans’. I have watch many of his other shorter free videos and have found them informative. I don’t remember having any problem streaming his videos. My internet connection is a fat pipe so I really don’t think the problem is on my end…

Also, I found the ‘blond’ comments to be, well lets see… gratuitous and I can’t imagine anyone would want to be referred to in that way… but maybe its an ‘in the shop culture’ thing, to each their own but sitting on this side of the screen… well enough of that…

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#10 posted 11-20-2009 03:54 AM

Yeah, the jokes are kinda lame and it looks like he’s got a possum on his head, but he’s ok and he certainly knows what he’s doing. btw, the download speed on my applw is fine, but firefox is needed to open the link.

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 04:23 AM

interesting

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#12 posted 11-20-2009 04:25 AM

My connection is slow also. I have been working with their web master Ken to see what the problem might be. So far the best thing we have come up with is to do as others have said and that is to get it started and then hit the pause button for about 15 minutes so that the video stream gets caught up.
As far as the show goes it has been great!! He has shared a lot of information that I have not heard of or read about. After seeing some of the things he shows you will stop and ask yourself why you didn’t think of that before because it is so simple. His goal when he started this was to make you feel that you are right there in his shop working one on one with him. I have been in the shop with him and I can tell you that the only thing different is that his jokes are a lot worst :)

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#13 posted 11-20-2009 05:06 AM

haha… i like the show. Idk whether its because im a teenager but i like the funny little jokes. They do lighten it up a bit. The information is really good too. Personally i have realplayer and i just download the video and i can burn it to a dvd or just watch it without waiting once its downloaded.

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#14 posted 11-20-2009 05:15 AM

Also i forgot to mention it but i really like the videos because they are just one of few videos that actually go into detail on larger projects. the magazines cover a corner cabinet in a few pages which doesn’t allow for much detail they don’t show the finish. I really like how its a how too on some more involved projects which is what i want to build.

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#15 posted 11-20-2009 07:34 AM

I like Charles I like what he teaches I like how he teaches I think his humor is funny If you want something other Than masterful woodworking instruction and innovative approaches to most avenues of woodworking. If you don’t want that maybe you should tune into Scott Phillips and learn how to make doors with pocket screws. This man helps others has a caring attitude that rules over the dollar amount he makes if He makes any at all. Just because someone makes a video doesn’t justify being rude or insulting cut my friend some slack.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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