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CharlesNeil

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09-21-2011 04:01 PM

I get a lot of email’s asking questions on many subjects, and most are “basic” issues, folks needing solutions to issues that typically are a result of not having tools and machines and so forth to do what they want to do, or not understanding how to think a little out of the box. In my world where I have nice tools and so forth, it seems easy to forget the days when this wasn’t the case, but I certainly haven’t , I remember them well, working with nothing and having to come up with solutions and ways of doing things without all the fancy stuff, or figuring out how to build something I only have a rough sketch of or a photo, or having no clamps, ( rope and sticks ,works well) , but I HAD to get it done. I answer the email’s and recall back when I had to do this or that, to get it done, some of it really out of the box, like sandwiching a veneer between 2 pieces of wood and driving the old truck on it for a veneer press, ( still do it ), after almost 40 years or whatever it is, ya learn a thing or 2 , so we decided we would do a series on some of those things, because they work and don’t require a lot of tools and expense, but just a little creative thinking , so here it comes . This will be a video series

First title is “No Plans , No cut list , No problem ” , second title is ” Not Flat, Not Straight , Not a problem”

but we would like to hear from you as to what are some of your problems. Another in the works is on raised panels, something I still get a lot of emails on, many don’t have router tables or routers, and are of the opinion they must have them to do a raised panel door or frame and panel construction, not the case, did it for years without all the fancy stuff and still do,,, so this should give you an idea of what we are looking for, simply put issues you have or feel with out the fancy stuff you’re not capable of doing, like not having a jointer, or a mortiser, stuff like that, so sound off, I want to hear your issues and frustrations


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nailbanger2

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 04:18 PM

Charles, I’ve got to hand it to you. I’ve seen your vids on youtube, read reviews about your classes, and gotten emails regarding the same. It’s obvious you are a sought after commodity, and yet, you put out a thread like this, asking for questions to be answered for free! Thank you from someone that has no chance of being able to afford either your classes or the expense of travel to get there.

As long as you asked, I was silly enough to buy a PC bench top jointer without reading reviews beforehand. So, in essence, I have no jointer (maybe for pieces 2’ or less). Which would you consider a better strategy: buy S4S, or try to correct rough sawn with planer, circular saw and tablesaw?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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CharlesNeil

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 04:25 PM

I f you have a planer ( face jointing) , a table saw or router table you have a jointer.. one of our titles is on this, processing wood, with the very basics, meaning a table saw and /or a router, no jointer, didnt have one until about 10 years ago.. never had the need, and don’t use it alot today,,, and your question is exactly what I want,, but this needs to be shown, answering in print is difficult, especially for some one who cant type worth a &%@#

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 04:26 PM

Charles, my biggest problem is a lack of time with my woodworking hobby, especially since I have taken up woodcarving. I work full time and so only have the weekends for my woodworking. I suppose you can’t help me with time. I am a member of your site and love your videos and your style and method of teaching. It sounds like this new project will be great also and I’m sure it will benefit me. I assume these will be on your site. My advice would be stick to the basics. Each of the main joints that are used day in and day out and the different ways of doing them should take up a few titles. Best of luck on this and I’ll be watching for them.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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RBWoodworker

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 04:27 PM

Well.. on building my sideboard.. I have curved rails that are mortised into the legs.. clamping these rails and assuring that they are tight and in line with each other was no easy task. They had to be tight in their seat..and straight and true with both the leg and each other..not really having a game plan on how to do it, I basically clamped a large square block onto the rail flush with the tenon and aligned with the shoulder and used the squareness to keep it square with the leg when I clamped it..it’s hard to describe, but it worked and I got it.

finding an easier more accurate way would be nice..

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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CharlesNeil

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#5 posted 09-21-2011 04:35 PM

Randy, use a rope ( not stretchy) like a band clamp, all the way around the side board, a big screwdriver or strong stick and with 2 loops lock it in and twist, works exactly like a band clamp, once tight a little duct tape to hold the screwdriver from untwisting and your good to go, the cheap hemp rope works pretty good, just tape some card board or something on corners to protect them, after a few min., retighten , because all rope will stretch a little, same thing works well on chairs, :)

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AUBrian

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#6 posted 09-21-2011 04:51 PM

If you’re looking for basic things, for people who don’t necessarily have a full compliment of tools yet, things like making a rabbet when you don’t have a dado set, rabbet plane, or even a table saw is one of my early issues that I remember. Tuning a mortise and tenon without the same tools listed above. Almost something like “This is the easiest way, but this works next, then this…”.

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Jorge G.

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#7 posted 09-21-2011 05:09 PM

and yet, you put out a thread like this, asking for questions to be answered for free!

LOL…no he wants suggestions for problems so he can make a DVD with the solutions and sell it.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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RBWoodworker

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#8 posted 09-21-2011 05:18 PM

JGM.. it sure doesn’t look like he was selling me the advise he just gave me.. I posted a” how to” question and he answered it..and it didn’t cost me a dime..and I got my answer..

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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CharlesNeil

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#9 posted 09-21-2011 05:27 PM

Seems that I might not have been clear enough in my first post, don’t want to mislead anyone. We are seeking feedback from the woodworkers on problems and issues they have experienced in the past or are currently having that have no solution. As always, anytime you need help you can send me a private message, drop me an email, but after all the videos we have done, our brains aren’t working as well as they should on what topics we need to get out there. We have 100+ Free Videos on Youtube Click Here and many more on our site. We have a DVD Library for sale at our site and we have our weekly online show. The information and suggestions we receive from you guys will be addressed in future videos for youtube, the more common issues may be included in DVDs or my blog and credit is always given where due for solutions I have never thought of.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 09-21-2011 05:50 PM

Charles, I made a pair of built in corner cabinets a while back for our living room. I didn’t have any trouble building the cabinets but what I had trouble with was installing them in a slightly out of square corner and walls that were not perfectly plumb or straight. These were to be painted and, of course, I didn’t want any gaps between the sides of the cabinet and the wall. It was very tedious but I got them looking pretty good for painting. The next time around I sure would like to know how a pro goes about handling that sort of problem. That might work for one of these how to videos – I don’t know.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Manitario

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#11 posted 09-21-2011 06:01 PM

I look forward to your videos; I’ve watched some of your stuff on Youtube, it has been really helpful. My biggest issues involve not enough time or patience, although I’m not too sure you could help me with either.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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nailbanger2

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 08:24 PM

JGM, it seems I was mistaken. It wasn’t the first time, and I doubt it will be the last. I do, however, believe that if I had posed a question that Charles could answer in a short response, he would have done so. I have developed my own strategy in answer to my question and was just looking for his insight. I have no problem with him making money off of his knowledge and experience. I have also read some responses to others questions on this forum. Yes, he would like to make money, but I don’t think that is the only reason he is here.

Helluvawreck, if I may, I just finished a corner cabinet myself, and I daresay there is no such thing as a square corner. At least not when using drywall. This is because the corner, or “angle” must have tape and DW mud applied in order to seal it. I compensated by leaving a small gap in back and having a slightly larger face frame, which allows for scribing in case the walls are not straight as well. Hope this helps.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 09-22-2011 03:56 AM

Just want to say thanks Charles.
Your an OK guy, and one helluva woodworker.

-- Eric, central Florida

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Jorge G.

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#14 posted 09-22-2011 05:28 AM

CessnaPilotBarry

So what? Nothing, I have no opinion one way or another, I was just clarifying a point. Now, seems to me you feel like the knight in shining armor that has to come to Mr. Neil’s defense, sorry buddy, you are barking up the wrong tree, I do not care whether he sells them, gives them away or throws them in the garbage can.

nailbanger2

I have no problem with him making money either, I am sure I did not state that as well, seems you as well as the cessna guy jumped to conclusions, I just thought it was funny.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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cabs4less

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#15 posted 09-22-2011 07:50 AM

Mr. Neil something I have alway had a problem wit and still to a degree is large table tops Say a 6 foot long table however wide wit 8/4 stock or back in the day 2*6’s even wit a jointer its hard to handle that size stock and once you get your glue line decent you got to clamp it flat and then belt sand plane or watever the suface wit out killen yourself and having a table top wit hills and valleys then cross cut it blew my mind for years till i leraned how to break up the glue ups to small sizes and little stuff like that but as far as gettin the borads flat and getting a clean glue line i still srtuggle only way i know is to split them and reglue them

-- As Best I Can

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