Charles Neil Used My Router!!!!!!!

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Blog entry by Bruce posted 05-04-2009 03:03 AM 1994 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, here’s a cool story…to me anyways…about my trip, Saturday 5/2/09, to the Woodcraft Store in Parkersburg, WV. I also wanted to pick up some cedar lumber for a patio table like the one Shaun built, in nearby Athens, OH. I had been doing some research on routers because I want to build a router table extension to my Grizzly TS and get rid of the piece of junk router table I bought at the blue box store ten years ago, housing a Skill Router that is so weak it doesn’t even have a HP rating. I think it is about equal to a 75 watt light bulb. I finally decided I would go with a Triton 3 1/4 that I have read so much about. I guess I should mention I already have the PC 690 plunge kit I use for handheld stuff. Anyways, I called Woodcraft Saturday morning as I was about to drive the hour and a half there just to make sure they had one in stock. The guy (sorry, guy, I didn’t get your name) told me they DID NOT have any in stock but he could get me one by Monday. Then he telss me they are having an auction out back in the parking lot and there might be a couple of them out there. I asked him if he would go grab me one…lol. So, I got on the road, hauled ass, and got there as the auction was in full swing. I noticed my Triton sitting on a table behind the Auctioneer. I asked someone how you go about placing a bid. He told me that I should give the lady in the blue shirt 5 bucks to register and she would give me a bidder’s number and a free gift. The free gift turned out to be a metal detector that I was also planning to buy someday. (discount #1) So after I register I walk over to the table where my router is sitting to check it out. Looked pretty good and I asked another staff person when it was going to be auctioned. We both checket the handout book and it was only two or three from being NEXT! He told me the router was donated by Charles Neil. I says, “cool, I’ve seen him on the internet!” He says, “yeah, he’s right over there”! NO ! I wanted to talk to him but I didn’t wanna miss bidding on my router so I went out into the audience. The bidding started, and to my surprise, I won the bid at $65.00!!!!!!!!!!!! (discount #2) Go figure. Afterwards I did get to speak with Mr. Neil and he told me he demo’ed the router but didn’t say where. He was kind enough to show me how to work the height adjustment handle on “the beast”. I finally was able to pick up my router and head over to Ohio to get my lumber, planning on returning to get a base plate to install the router into my table. I got over to Athens, OH to a place called Cetide and picked up 9 – 2 X 8’s, 8’ feet long. I got “a little off” because some of it had bark on the edge. (discount #3) (I was on a roll). I loaded up my lumber and headed back to Parkersburg. After I got there I was speaking with the salesman who explained the auction was for an employee who contracted spinal cancer in 2008. I then felt kinda bad I got such a great discount on the router. And, since I did, I decided to go a little better on the plate, opting for the Pinnacle over the Rossou (sp). My thoughts and prayers go out to Tim Rinehart and his family. From the auction handbook…Tim was a Vietnam Vet and law enforcement officer. He worked for Woodcraft Supply for 19 years and currently serves as Senior Product Development Manager and is a third generation cabinet and stair builder. What a great day that was to get to meet so many great woodworkers and save some money to boot! Oh, yeah…Scott Phillips was there too.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 03:48 AM

What a great day I really like Charles Neil and was going to make a trip back east(I’m in Oregon) just to have what he called a free for all(just build and do what we Wanted) I was pretty ramped up about it but his schedule changed and I think it all got lost in his busy schedule. I’m glad you got to meet him and buy his router and it was a good cause and I hope Tim Rinehart has a better prognosis. Some times I wish I lived back east there are so many good wood workers there and cool museums. I glad some woodworkers get to take advantage of the resources there. Thanks for sharing this story Bruce .Keep those great projects coming.


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#2 posted 05-04-2009 06:47 AM

Wow Bruce! What a great story and a great day. I’ve seen several of Charles Neil’s videos. Seems like a real down to earth guy. I second your thoughts on Tim Rinehart.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 01:43 PM

Nice haul. Scott Phillips is a very approachable man. I met him a few years ago and was able to ask him a few questions. He even gave me an autgraphed pic of him.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 02:56 PM

now thats funny right there….but yep i did a demo for woodcraft using the router…I did pretty well at the auction as well got a foredom power carver , and some router bits and a signed Ron Hock hand plane…and a few other odds and ends…as well as a nice cold, it was a interesting auction and it was amazing how many donated products for it…some really nice stuff was sold…and all for a good cause..and if you are of the praying sort, ( i am) say one for Tim and his family …it was interesting it had rained like crazy all day friday,as we drove up from VA, and rained sat morning, and started again when the auction ended..but during, it rained all around the area, but the skys were very kind during the auction…I love it…and Bruce it was really nice to meet you…hope the router does all you want…

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 09:04 PM

wow.. that’s quite the day!!!! Have you made a little sticker to put on the router that says it was once used by Charles Neil?

(and my thoughts go out to the family)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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