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10-12-2010 09:42 PM

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HEY friends
I have spent the last 20 plus years learning about woodworking. I’ve learned what I know from many different sources . I’ve bought hundreds of books from $ 10.-$80 each I’ve watched endless hours of good old Norm David Marks and Roy Underhill and more. As the web has developed I’ve learned from many sources here including the great members on Ljs. I have investigated many other ways to learn woodworking such as classes taught by experts of varying degrees of know- how with classes starting at $ 175 for a 3 hour work shop up to close to $20,000 for a masters program. Because of distance ,time and money I have not been able to attend any of classes even the closest of these classes . But after all this research and investigation
I came across a person that amazed me with his woodworking excellence and great ability to pass this information on to others. He spends hours of his own time and money posting over 80 videos on you tube just to help people learn to be a great master woodworker like him. IF you have watched him you know he knows hundreds of tricks and techniques and has built many master pieces of fine furniture . I’m talking about Charles Neil, I have learned more from Charles in 3 years than all of the other years and sources of information combined. The great thing is that Charles gives away tons of information on youtube and here on Ljs plus he
has free work shops from time to time on how to build different pieces of furniture. In November he will be doing a free video series on how to build a classic pie safe. Charles has his weekly mastering woodworking series
this is a subscription series but get this it’s only $ 5 a week just to defer filming and web cost. You can’t get this great information Charles gives you even if you were to attend one of those $ 20,000 courses. Besides the cost only being $5 a week Charles makes it possible with his clear step by step approach for even a beginner to build great furniture. I believe in Charles and what he’s trying to do to help others.

Here is a link to sign up for the mastering woodworking weekly program.

Here is a link for his free newsletter

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 09:51 PM

I attended a workshop at our local Woodworkers Guild last year and asked the presenter, a famous woodworking personality, if there was a good DVD or book available on how to build a case that showed you how it went together. He said there wasn’t one but he was wrong.

Charles Neil’s Cases and Bases is a great way to take a class from a master and if you missed something, you can watch it again. I am in the middle of building a china cabinet and have watched Cases and Bases at least three times. In addition, you can e-mail Charles with specific questions and he will answer.

I have at least 4 of his DVD sets. They are worth every penny.

His You Tube videos are also great.

Keep up the good work Charles. I would love to come to your shop and meet you one of these days.


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#2 posted 10-12-2010 10:01 PM

I have many of Charles videos I agree they are all worth every cent. In his on line mastering woodworking you can get videos for a couple dollars more to view over and over plus if you sign up he has an on line archive that you can go back and watch as many times as you want.

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 10:06 PM

Just signed up to his guild 2 months ago. Love it. Bought his vids on coloring and also on finishing. Also bought 2 cans of his water based blotch control (also an amazing product). Would love to go and visit him. He seems like a person anyone could get along with.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 10:36 PM

no offense, I really appreciate someone who is dedicated enough to post videos on our hobby… and I really admire the work that Charles Neil creates. I cannot sit through any of his videos. I’m not sure what it is about his show, but I will start into it and end up leaving the video before it gets a quarter into it. Then again I have that same feeling about some other famous outstanding woodworkers too. I love watching Marc Spagnuolo and back in the day Norm Abram, but David Marks was hit and miss… Roy Underhill was a tough one as well.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 10:58 PM

Jim, I signed up this morning with Charles Neil, believe it or not. A week or so ago I signed up on The Wood Whisperer and there is a 6 part series of Charles Neil’s about building a Chippendale dresser. I have watched the whole six part series during the last week and I love his videos. I love Charles’ laid back style and to me he is very entertaining, but it’s not just that, his programs are totally full of meat and you have to pay attention or you’ll miss something important. Of course, I’m really partial to antiques and period furniture and I love the furniture that he builds. I’m within a 45 mile drive of a Woodcraft store and also Highland Hardware and they both have numerous courses but I can’t afford them nor can I afford the time involved away from my shop. I basically just have the weekends for my woodworking and most of the courses are on the weekends. These internet courses are totally affordable and teach a lot. So I agree with you. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 11:11 PM

Interpim and jorge

I guess that’s what a free country is all about we are all free to have our own take on things. There are woodworkers on tV and on line that I’m not interested in watching even if they have fancy productions their skill level is not as high as I’m interested in watching.

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 11:17 PM


Thank you for the information!

Question on the Online subscription… A new episode comes out weekly… Can one look at other weeks that may be archived or is an episode on for a week and then REPLACED with another one?

I subscribed for the Newsletter…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 11:30 PM

Hey Joe
I think you only have access to the project you signed up for other wise it would’nt be fair to the people who signed up before. He’s about to start a new project so now is a good time to sign up.
To be sure you can e mail Charles

[email protected]

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 11:42 PM

OK, thanks… will email Charles and ask him.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 10-12-2010 11:50 PM

Great Post

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 10-13-2010 12:07 AM

Thanks, Jim.

I went on youtube this evening and found a series he did on cupped wood. Very timely and informative.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#12 posted 10-13-2010 01:22 AM

I signed up with Charles Neil for the monthly thing, including his dvd’s, and I know that it will be a bargain and I’m sure that I will not in any way regret it and I look forward to all of the good things to come. This is based on watching 6 hours of his instruction.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-13-2010 02:39 AM

Thanks for sharing this info. I look forward to watching the series.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 10-13-2010 05:25 AM

I have been declared “Legally deaf” by the state of California and I cannot hear on a telephone..period..I can hear sounds and certain speech pitches but Charles has that “Tone and Pitch” I can hear better than others…. One day I was having some serious trouble figuring out how to make reeds on a tapered legs of a sideboard I wanted to do.. So I e mailed A1Jim who in turn..told me to get a hold of Charles Neil and gave me his e mail I e mailed Charles with very little expectations since this was a man who has a ton of followers.. work, and a show to I was not expecting a whole lot of his time..this man.. Charles.. e mailed me back in about 20 minutes..I explained to him what I was trying to do and that I had zero experience milling reeds to tapered legs..and through out the entire day.. he e mailed me back and forth until I had it completely down and was comfortable doing the procedure..NEVER..EVER..has anyone..taken time like that man did..EVER..and his advise was dead was then and there..I knew I wanted to see what this man had to offer..and what he was all about.. Best person on none..he’s knowledgeable.. funny and willing to help wherever needed..

Seriously..if you have ever wondered how certain things are done on any period or contemporary pieces that just grab your attention.. send him an e mail.. he will tell you all about it and how you too, can do it also on your next design..His store has some really great products..I just got both blades he sells and both are awesome..I mean awesome.. cuts like glass.. he does not sell junk or gimmicks either..but high quality stuff.. Check it out..Seriously

-- Randall Child

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#15 posted 10-13-2010 06:00 AM


Thanks for the insight. I find I can not spend enough time reading and learning more about woodworking. This is one source I was not aware of. Thanks again for the new lead!

-- nordichomey

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