Fit, and finishing with Charles Neil

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 08-23-2011 06:12 PM 3631 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many years ago I wanted to find a mentor or someone to observe and learn from here in SE MN. Didn’t know anything about LJ’s. Woodworkers here in business all seemed to be one man shops. Made personal phone calls, went to their shops, and they all turned me down one way or another.

I’m an avid Amazon guy, Got several tools after reading the pros and cons critiqes. My learnin has like many of you come from watching “Norm”. I wanted more detail and repeatable visual information in addition to reading. Started buying and critiquing (sp?) DVD’s

Through that process I found Charles Neil. He’s a knowledgeable guy. A country boy who tells it like it is, and shares his mistakes. His goal was to share that knowledge.

You may have seen his complete Youtube series on building a Pie Safe? Check it out. He has done many shorts for Woodcraft.

Charles started many years ago to produce instructional DVD’s which were in his style. Kind of like being in the shop with him. LOL I like many of his viewers have learned many things. I now “Measure three times, and sneek up on it!” I have just purchased his Chair building DVD, as there are not a lot of simple ways presented out there?

For the serious professional and Amateur he has a webinar that is weekly. The “Mastering Woodworking” series. He really enjoys building the classic antiques. His last project was extremely detailed. something for the serious woodworker? He has a blog to answer questions and he is now on facebook and twitter. ( I’m not goin to tweet…..:( )

Charles was someone who did auto finishes which transfers to the knowledge he shares. I have a DVD that goes into detail from A-Z on current waterbased finishing and older oil based( which is hard to do in some states?)

Check the big Dawg out. Tell Him DocSavage45 sent ya!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 07:36 PM

Hello Doc:
I have heard your comments on Charles Neil for years now. I always wanted to know how you were, and now I know. What a small world it is.
Like you I looked at YT and Woodcraft and found Charles Neil. I am glad I did. I was looking for someone as you would said, to take me to the next level of woodworking. The only difference between you and me is I can drive to his Shop in less than three hours. Ha Ha The only pictures of me are in the Sugar Chest Class. That was a great class and he furnished the beautiful wood. The Sugar chest is made out of Tiger Maple and with his help it turned looking great. The great thing about Charles is he builds furniture ever day. Great looking pieces. I think I have about ever DVD he has done and some of them I have studied several times, and I am a charter member of Mastering Woodworking Show. Which I have learned a lot in.
He has also made me “Sneak Up On It”, which has made me a better woodworker. Also Matching stiles of a cabinet with stiles of a door. There are projects that I wood not be willing to try, but the way Charles breaks down a build, I now say I can do that. If you are looking for a mentor I don’t think you can find a better chose than Charles Neil.
Enjoy Woodworking and am glad to know who you are.

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 07:45 PM

Monte as I say here in SE MN, I’m 38 miles from everywhere. You know the big Dawg in person! Wondering what kind of response this blog will get. I’ve recieved as many as 0 comments on another one i wrote. LOL. thanks for your input.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 08:08 PM

As a senior woodworker, Charles is a guy that I can relate to and feel very comfortable with. His videos are excillent and very thorough in design and instructional material is excillent. I have several of his videos which do not contain excessive loud music and excessive joking around. His method of instruction takes you thru every aspect of design and construction. In addition, Charles is very patriotic and has a high respect of military personnel and public safety personnel. When I was very young, a gentle giant took this kid under his wings and taught me everything I know today about woodworking. He owned and operated a one man woodworking shop in Chicago Ill. Charles Neal reminds me of this man in both appearance and charicter. I have been woodworking for too many years to admit to and hope to be woodworking for many years to come. With the world in the termoil it is in today, one has to have something to make him or her feel good about. Woodworking does that for me.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 08:30 PM

Won’t you be surprised when LJ CharlesNeil comments on this blog.

-- Insert clever tag line here

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 08:50 PM

Would be interesting. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-24-2011 01:37 AM

I have a bucket list and taking a class from him is on the top of the list.

Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 08-24-2011 01:54 AM

Or better yet, Doc, just send Charles a pm with any questions you might have. Charles is usually pretty quick on answering his e-mails.

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

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#8 posted 08-24-2011 02:12 AM

CW Check out the webinar on his web site. :) Might help fill the bucket?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-24-2011 02:59 AM


I had the same wish for a mentor for years and about 4 years ago I ran across Charles Neil on you tube and after viewing one of Charles videos after another and thinking I already knew the subject each video covered only to find out Charles had a new twist or short cut I hadn’t thought of on each and every video ,even though I had been a woodworker for 20 years. I then started emailing him and ordering almost every video he had for sale. I’m still impressed with all of Charles techniques and tricks and I’m also a big fan of his weekly subscription webasodes”Mastering woodworking series” where he still surprises me with even more tricks and tips. As others have said Charles is a great teacher and has a great down home approach to teaching. After all these years I consider Charles my mentor and good friend. I have recommended Charles to many folks and each and every one of them has thanked me for telling them about Charles and they have become big fans also.

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#10 posted 08-26-2011 04:25 PM

Charles is the man…he’s a natural. His video on making the 5-board bench is awesome.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 11:38 AM

I have chatted and talk with him as well. he was helping me when I had some streaking problems with a water based dye. Him along with teh woodwhisper are a great help to the woodworking community!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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