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12-02-2009 08:42 PM

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Any one that has read my post knows I ‘m a big fan of Charles Neil. It all started when I was doing a search on the web for a Bombe chest and one of the few results was a video of Charles Neil building a Bombe chest on You Tube I watched with great interest trying to see how this was done but the video was not narrated or was it totally instructional but a very nice abbreviated display of a most beautiful chest on chest being made.
Being obsessed with wood working I then processed to work my way through all of the videos Charles Neil
offered on many subjects. As I hit each subject covered by the video I would thinks that’s very basic subject I know how to do that(being a 20 year professional woodworker), but I watched any how hoping to see more on the Bombe chest. After each video I would find some unique and innovative better and easy and or quicker way to do techniques and operations I’d been doing for years. I never did find more on the Bombe other than the great Bombe’s Charles had on his web site, I had to check that out after seeing all that great stuff on you tube.
All said an done I ordered one after another of Charles how to videos and emailed him frequently and to my joy and surprise would answer with the care and help of a loved family member, Sharing all his great know how whith out hesitation. I’ve come to know him as a super human being caring and helping others in need including cancer patients,friends in great financial need and just plain every day woodworkers including stopping by a teenage beginning woodworkers house just to cheer him.His great wife supporting all of Charles activities which are many every single day. He is not just an expert on woodworking but a master on finishing also. You might wonder If I have some benefit by writing this description of Charles and his work Absolutely o nada nothing . Just the joy that there are good people still doing good things.
Back to the title Charles Neils Bombe chest
Charles has started a blog on his web site on how to make a Bombe chest on chest, for me a dream come true
I just wanted to make sure all who are interested will check out his blog. I’m already amazed at how he has started another one of our great woodworkers built a Bombe chest that was wonderful but it took him close to 3 weeks to get to were Charles is in two days (with much respect to this other LJ woodworker) Take a look you’ll be amazed how simple Charles can make even complicated pieces like a Bombe chest. Enjoy

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 08:50 PM

how do we get there ?

i’m glad you finally get to have your wish fulfilled !

merry christmas .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 08:57 PM

A good write a1Jim!

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

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 09:09 PM

Hi Jim,

There certainly is a lot of interest in making Bombe Chests these days. I appreciate all the information you have given us here. I want to make one for sure, but unfortunately it will be awhile. Nevertheless, I will be gathering some information on this and Charles Neils is now on my list of people to follow.

A fellow member of SAPFM, Ed Stuckey, has done some detailed research on the Bombe Chest through the Toledo Museum of Art. If you are a member of SAPFM you can check that out on the society’s website, make a donation to the museum, and access his thorough research. Also, Ed alerted me to videos by Tom MacDonald that feature him building a Bombe Secretary at Tom has made some great videos and he is on LumberJocks too.

Take care,


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#4 posted 12-02-2009 09:10 PM

Merry Chistmas back at ya. And a great day too.

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 09:17 PM

Hey Rev Jim
I have it on my “Make this before I die list” Tommy McDonald made a super Bombe also. The Bombe Charles is making is taken from details from a commission Charles did for a museum also.
have super day Jim

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 09:41 PM

Hello a1jim
I have seen a vidio on youtube with charlesniel but it was only pictures with som good musik I will look at his blog to see more but i discover another on yuotube that make a bombchest mr T- chisel in the ruogh cut show and he had make a wunderful piece of furniture and cover the yearlong proces brilliant.


Ps. thanks for your velcome to me on LJ. and very chrismas

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 09:48 PM

Hey Dennis
T chisel is the same person Rev Jim mentioned Tommy Mcdonald ,Tommy’s a member here he does great work.

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 10:59 PM

Like everything else they are easy to make if you know how and Charles Neil has set out to teach those like yourself Jim who are interested. When I consider what a mess I’m capable of making out of relatively simple projects, I certainly wouldn’t attempt one of these chests. I do hope you do as I know you are well qualified for a project like this, and I know you will get a fantastic result and show it on LJ when finished. So I’m really looking forward to seeing it completed. Good luck with your chest quest!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 11:04 PM

hi jim my kids turned me on to You Tube last year i guess. it’s truely amazeing what is on their . i found Charles their and i was just floored . he has explaned things that i have never done but have wondered about , i find my self saying well thats how you would go about it. he is truely a great guy and fun to talk with .

-- gagewestern

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#10 posted 12-03-2009 12:03 AM

Hey Mike
Come on now you are very talented I know your being modest. I’ve seen some of your projects that I have never done and would not have know how to do with out your blog. Like the one with the open turning very cool.
Hey GageW
Before I found Charles i thought you tube was all rock videos.

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#11 posted 12-03-2009 12:33 AM

gee Jim thanks you as well as every one, and all i have to say is…”we are all family” unless you insist otherwise

Im glad what we do helps others..its the intent…nothing else matters…

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#12 posted 12-03-2009 09:13 AM

Got home from work seen your post. Charles is great. I have watched some of his work demoing products for Woodcraft, found them kind of boring, but the blog and the u-tube link were the real thing. That is one beautiful piece. Also I find the hand carving intimidating. Well 20 years more experience, and 20 years more of
tool buying and maybe I’ll be ready to attemt the bombe chest for my 50th wedding anniversary!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 12-03-2009 05:27 PM

Bob, dont let the hand planing thing intimidate you , by doing all the cross cuts,on the table saw we establish the true line , as well as routing the front and back , to the pattern, we are simply cleaning up the little ridges , the shape is established , so its really not that hard..just looks it…

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#14 posted 12-04-2009 01:49 AM

Hi Jim,

Good article, thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, VT

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#15 posted 12-04-2009 02:41 AM

day 3 is up guys…here is the link if interested

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