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04-18-2010 08:59 PM

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Hey Gang

I’ve been buried with cabinet work since December no complaints just the facts. I’ve been so busy I’ve hardly had time to be on LJs or be in touch with lots of my great friends including Charles Neil. Yes I’ve still had time to tune into his weakly webisodes but maybe a day or two late. Just having touched base with Charles I find he’s up to his normal routine ten to twenty things at a time : building several pieces of great furniture. teaching through his weekly webisodes, writing a book. Visiting woodworking supply places, Answering tons of questions on line and through e mails and inventing new tools and now products. He has come up with a new blotch control for all those blotchy woods that look terrible .I’ve been there you build this nice piece of furniture and then you go to finish it and blotching makes it look horrible . I could’nt believe it (is he really twins ) how can he do all that stuff plus be good at it too. He’s got a video about it on you tube.
I hope I have more time to be on line and see all the great projects and see my friends here. But next up a 60 foot deck.
If your wondering I’m still going to start the Lowboy that Charles invited me to build. It should be no latter than next week end. I’ve bought a new camera and it just came so I hope I can make that work for the lowboy.

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#1 posted 04-18-2010 09:36 PM

boy you have been buried,,and now a 60 footer deck..who boy jim…hang in there..but one good thing from this,,i might catch up to your number of posts…lol…...fat chance….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-18-2010 09:40 PM

Thanks Rob
Grizz go for it only 26.067 post to go LOL

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 11:21 PM

Jim I hope I havent missed anything. How is the project going with you and Charles Neil?

-- When you know better you do better.

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 11:36 PM

Ya Ya ,hey, send some of that busy this way. Glad somebodies getting a bit overworked.

Finished a dormer repair just in time to get called by my last three bids that they’re going to wait a while. I tried to offer incentives but at least if they’re to be believed they want me to do the work but just later this summer, this fall and the other come January.

At least promises are low in calories.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 11:50 PM


Looking forward to seeing your upcoming lowboy project.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 12:39 AM

Nice to be busy I think, especially at something you love. I hope you’ll share the progress on your lowboy. It’s fun to follow along.


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#7 posted 04-19-2010 01:15 AM

Jim, it is good that you are so busy!! With as many irons as you have in the fire it is a wonder that you ever get any sleep. :)

I hope that you are planning on blogging your lowboy construction. That would be a fun series to follow.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-19-2010 02:02 AM

Hey Jim;

Look at it as pre aging the lowboy! Like wine or cheese.

Looking forward to seeing it get underway.

I came across 2 pcs of bookmatched, figured Mahogany about 10 years ago, 26” wide by 14 feet long, at a woodcraft store. They brought it in for someone, who never picked it up. They had it for a few years but couldn’t sell it. When they lost their lease, they had to get rid of it. They had a sign on it First $300.00 takes it.

I said no thanks, and drove half way home… about 40 minutes…and then I changed my mind and went back for it, with the idea of building a high boy.

One of these days…


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 04-19-2010 02:21 AM

Glad your busy, I’m looking forward to the lowboy project.

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#10 posted 04-19-2010 02:36 AM

Jim—- I’m ordering a couple of quarts of Charles’ Blotch control product … I have used the oil-based stuff, and it helps, but judging from his video, I think Charles has come up with something better. His price is the same as what they charge for inferior quality stuff at the the big box ($12.95).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 04-19-2010 02:43 AM

I got Charles e-mail today and watched the video today on his new blotch control product and was quite amazed at the results. Definitely going to try some. Looking forward to the lowboy build as it has always been on my bucketlist along with pie curst tilt top table. Keep us posted

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 04:11 AM

Cher I haven’t continued the blog I start sometime ago yet Hopefully by next weekend or sooner
Hey Bob I hope some of that work Pops for you. It seems like I’m ether hoping for some work to come my way or for some time off. Work never seems to go at an even keel.
Scott I hope to get going by next saturday or sunday.
Hey Lee I know when you make that highboy it will be great.
Thanks Walt
Hey Dane If Charles came up with it it has to be good . I’m anxious to get my blotch control too.
Yes Dock I know you’ll be glad you did.
Thanks everyone if you haven’t checked out Charles blotch control video take a look the links in my first post.
it’s really amazing.
Thanks for the cheering on gang

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#13 posted 04-19-2010 04:46 AM

thanks for the little foot notes on stuff your doin jim, i still want to see the lowboy start to finnish, by that i mean the start of making some dust. One thing i know is any camera still wount give the best view like seeing in front of you.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 04-19-2010 03:27 PM

Jim, Busy is good—I’ve wondered where you have been lately. I look forward to seeing your progress on the project. I know it will turn out great. Of course that goes without saying, with you and Charles working together on it.

Now, go back to work!


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#15 posted 04-23-2010 03:40 PM

Well Jim,

For awhile I was thinking that you were superman- run a company, teach, low boy side project,
LJ guy who who helps a lot of us on line….glad to see you are busy. Looking forward to your next
blog installment.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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