Charles Neil's Finishing Class experience

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Forum topic by rawdawgs50 posted 09-19-2011 10:44 PM 1703 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2011 10:44 PM

Just wanted to share my experience about finishing. I attended Charles Neil’s finishing class this past week and it will change not only how I build, but how I will finish from here on out.

I see the same questions on the boards all the time about how to apply dyes, top coats, tone, glaze, rubbing out etc. Which products to use for what, and what the hell to do when it goes wrong….let me tell you…he covered all that and then some. We worked with hardwoods, softwoods, highly figured and non, plywood …and wood that has no business being called wood. We worked these woods from wost case scenario to completion just to learn the hard way.

Not to mention we got a lot of Q&A over a few beers at the end of class each day about anything we wanted to ask him about. Tools, jigs, furniture, demonstrations, his business..and plain picking his brain on his opinion…which he has a lot of….He even demo’d his SawStop with a hotdog just because we asked a question about it. He wanted to show us how good it works. That was cool.

While I know this class may not be for everyone because of its intensity, although is it very laid back…those of you who are serious about your work and want to bring it to the next level should seriously consider it. You get access to top quality equipment and materials and while it is no frills it is completely hands on. Just the way it should be.

Sure you can continue to learn from message boards…but are you getting opinions or solutions?

Charles is the read deal. Money well spent. Period.


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#1 posted 09-20-2011 12:04 AM

I second your comments..I too have learned how to do finishing from’s changed my entire finishing procedures and the clients noticed it too.. Charles really knows his stuff..

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 01:08 AM

Charles has some of the better videos I have seen (mostly Youtube) on various subjects. In particular, he solved a problem I was having with Zinnser Bullseye Clear Shellac with wipe poly over it. It has wax in it. He pointed out that the Zinnser ClearCoat product is the de-waxed shellac at 2# cut with long shelf life. I use it now in my “juice mix” to make the wood pop and seal, then wipe poly over for some hardness and resistance to moisture.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 09:05 PM

I have many of Charles Dvd’s on finishing they really tell it all it takes you from the beginer class to pro status and makes all you work look top notch too. I treasure all my Charles Neil’s DVD’s their worth their worth there weight in gold .

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 02:26 PM

Anybody that truly wants to learn finishing should get Charles’ DVDs that deal with finishing and attend the classes. That is if you are really serious about finishing.

-- You can't fix stupid

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