Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #2: ,The kit

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 03-21-2010 08:02 PM 7473 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey, Friends and Neighbors!

I know I promised the opening of the packages Charles sent a couple days ago. Sorry for the delay.
I opened all three of those big, heavy packages that Charles Neil was so nice and generous to send .


In a way, it’s a kit with all the patterns and with each piece of wood labeled for its’ specific use.






All of the wood had 1/4” ply wrapped around it to protect it from damage in shipping.





It’s all beautiful, real mahogany, with one piece of African mahogany, sent to show the differences in the woods. The wood is all rough cut and labeled by Charles. It had to have been a big job to rough mill, sand and pack, then ship all this great material. It’s like Charles is the wood fairy (you know, like the tooth fairy!)
This is a great opportunity and I’m so grateful for Charles’ gift and kindness.
I have been involved in a fairly large cabinet build (large for just one guy) so this will delay the start of the lowboy for a little while, but I ‘m very anxious to get started.

Thanks, so much Charles, for this great gift and for sharing your amazing know-how for all of us to share.
Anyone so inclined can sign up for Charles’ free newsletter and subscribe to his,” Mastering Woodworking”, where Charles shows how to build one great project at a time. Right now, he’s building this lowboy project, that I’m building along with him.


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#1 posted 03-21-2010 08:15 PM

what a great opportunity jim…love seeing all the wood…its beautiful for sure…am looking forward to seeing the build happen… your on a big one man project huh…better eat your Wheaties….

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

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 08:44 PM

Good start Jim. I always feel that the hardest and most boring part of a project is milling all the wood and here it done for you! It must be like Christmas at your place. Now you can just enjoy the build without all that prep work. Of course we will be enjoying it too watching as you cut it and build it. Great stuff!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-21-2010 09:04 PM

How neat! I’m going to enjoy watching this build. Rand

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#4 posted 03-21-2010 09:30 PM

That’s pretty cool Jim, can’t wait to see the build.

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#5 posted 03-21-2010 09:30 PM

Some guys have all the fun.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#6 posted 03-21-2010 09:46 PM

You’re a very fortunate and lucky man Jim. I’m looking forward to updates on these.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 03-21-2010 09:51 PM

oh man this is going to be great! Really looking forward to a design that really stands out from the rest!

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 03-22-2010 12:02 AM

Jim, I am sure you were as excited as a 10 year old at Christmas when you got the package. This is going to be fun and getting to work with Charles is going to be a wonderful opportunity.

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

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#9 posted 03-22-2010 01:57 AM

Jim: Looks like a great Valentines gift, did it come with a kiss.

Goos luck of getting you build done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 02:31 AM


I’m reminded of an old saying that … for some reason … just fits this situation, perfectly:

”Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”

That’s the kind of luck YOU had, here. You’ve worked long and hard to be somebody whose website and posted projects still boggle my mind.

This is the kind of opportunity that’s supposed to come to guys like you. I’m just glad we’re along for the ride.

Enjoy the mahogany. I don’t have to tell YOU, but … I enjoyed the heck out of working with it … and … am now trimming out some household fixtures with veneers cut from my cutoffs!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 03-22-2010 02:41 AM

Looks like your gonna have fun with this! I too am looking forward to watching this.

-- Janice

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 03:50 AM

you have some work ahead of you! i can’t wait to see the finnish. GOOD LUCK! i know if anyone can do it you can.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 06:30 AM

Looks like a great time for you. Why does Charles want you to build one too?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 03-22-2010 07:40 AM

Wow, what a wounderful presentation.
It was worth the wait. Looks like you
will have your work cut out for you.

looking forward to your future project post!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 03-22-2010 07:44 AM

Just a bit jealous.

Just a wee bit:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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