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Forum topic by a1Jim posted 06-05-2013 04:47 PM 1694 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2013 04:47 PM

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Charles Neils new on line finishing class is now active and on line . Talking to Charles he said it would be good to get more input on how the folks that subscribed to it like it ? I for one think it’s great . It’s set up in the order of how you get ready to finish through all the steps necessary to get professional results like Charles gets on his masterful furniture.
This innovative approach answers your questions before you even know to ask them. That’s my take on it what do other Subscribers think ? I’m sure Charles would be open to suggestions.

BTW Charles still has tons more videos to uploads that will include real life finishing problems like the one he’s working on right now where the finish put down cracked all over place.


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#1 posted 06-05-2013 08:04 PM

Any time I can learn without having to read stuff, I’m happy.

It is a paid subscription, but pretty cheap if you ask me. I spend more in one trip to Taco Bell, and I eat alone… in the dark… while watching finishing videos…

I like how it’s organized by topic, as Jim pointed out. There’s a TON of information there, which is a good thing, but having it well organized in smaller subject based videos really makes it nice. If I want to know how to use a water based dye, I don’t have to fast-forward through content about shellac to get there.

Do people even “fast-forward” anymore? Man I miss the 80’s…

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 09:00 PM

I agree that the outline format is very user friendly. You can find your problem and go right to how to do it or how to fix it. I’m glad to see that Charles has finally taken this step. He has always enjoyed helping people and I don’t know how he’s managed to answer all the personal emails with howdoI and howdoIfix questions he gets. In a week’s time I’ll bet he’d get the same situation from more than a couple of different people. Now he won’t have to type out the answer each time. We can go look it up. You’ll save more than the monthly subscription each month in saved trips to go get something you didn’t know you’d need.

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 09:35 PM

thanks for sharing jim i’ll check it out.i enjoy watching his videos.

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 09:54 PM

I hate to admit it, but this time Nubs said what I think. A picture and words of a video make it a lot easier to understand and see what you are looking for before you make a mess of finishing a project. The ability to go back and review a phase of sanding or finishing. You can review it many times. The second part is “The Finishing Forum”, where you can ask Questions and get answers in a short time. You don’t have to look through 5 books or so to maybe get a answer.

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 01:37 PM

As a furniture maker/ cabinet maker full time, most know that its the finish and design that get almost the most compliments…I have gotten more jobs because of my finishing abilities than anything else..other companies refinishing jobs that were turned down because of too complicated and too high end of a finish and I was called because I could do them.. I owe all that to Charles…I’m not kidding..Charles has taught me how to do everything have emailed him numerous times asking him how to do this or that and how to get out of an expensive jam that would have cost me the job or worst..the yes..Charles finishing online is money well will learn more than you think..

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 02:43 PM

I’m really new to finishing – it’s mostly been very hit or miss for me. I subscribed to this and the value is tremendous – so far there are over 8 hours of HD video up and lots more to come. I’m applying his techniques to a project I’m working now and the improvement is tremendous.

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 11:24 PM

I’m a novice when it comes to finishing and have learned sooo much from Charles. He has a wonderful ability to get to the point and the same time making it enjoyable to learn from him. This latest project is well worth my investment (can’t say that of everything I have spent $ on!).

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#8 posted 06-20-2013 04:47 PM

My feedback? Awesome! Perfectly produced! High Quality, and love just watching Charles do what he enjoys doing. When I get done with the finishing classes, I head on over to the video section and watch hours and hours of Charles building boxes, and stools, and cases, and cabinets. Truly worth every singly penny!

Charles reached out TO ME quite some time ago on a problem that I was having with finishing a Cherry/Poplar/Oak entry table. I posted a question about it, and he answered me asking for me to PM him. Before I knew it, I was talking with Charles on the phone. Like others have said here, he is more than willing to help and answer all questions personally…he doesn’t have someone acting like him sitting at the computer answering emails.

Anyways, Charles’ class is worth the investment. Even if you aren’t quite sure, spend the monthly fee one time. I think the discounted fee that everyone writes about has expired by now, it was an early bird special pricing promo that they were running. That being said, it’s still worth throwing $12.00 at it for the first month! Sign up and see if you get your money’s worth. I guarantee that you will within the first day. You might even do as I did and sit down with a BIG ole bag of popcorn and some adult beverages and enjoy the site for hours! If you don’t like it, let Charles know before you just blow him off. If there is anything he can do for you I am certain he would do it. If you aren’t feeling that you are getting what you are paying for, I am sure Charles wants to know so he can make it right.

The video quality is top notch. I actually run mine off my laptop hooked to my big screen through an HDMI cable and the quality is AMAZING! The tradeoff is that you need high-speed internet. Do they even offer anything else other than high speed internet anymore? The video quality is awesome, and the vibe that Charles carries with him throughout the class is awesome. You really learn what you came for, and you don’t sit through a bunch of nonsense. If you don’t want to listen to Charles talk about sandpaper, then you can skip that topic and move on. I like that it is laid out so that you can work at your pace and only watch what you want to watch. I am actually new to finishing, and I completed a project alongside of Charles (in theory), and, I’ll do it again on my next finishing project coming up. That’s the glory of the class…you can skip and go to whatever lesson pertains to your project at that moment. I bet there is more than 15 HOURS posted already, and that’s for the finishing class alone! That doesn’t include the other sections on his site.

I can’t say enough about Charles, his demeanor, and the friendliness he seems to have. I have never actually met Charles in person, but from the communication that I have had with him via email/phone, I truly feel that I have known him my entire life! I consider him a true friend, and he helps me whenever he can…he would do the same for anyone else. Because of that, my review probably sounds like a commercial, but its only because I feel that I owe him so much. He took his time to reach out to help me without me asking, and he has truly done more for my woodworking knowledge than ANYONE else has…Period!

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 05:00 PM

I agree Mark Charles goes way above and beyond when he’s helping someone and teaching ,I’ve recomended him for years and now with his on line finishing class and finishing forum it’s easier and quicker than ever to get the information you want. I have invested in finishing books in the past (Charles has a new one too) but with other finishing books you can’t contact the writer and ask questions and get answers in a reasonable time. I swear Charles must really be a triplet and the other two brothers must be named Charles too. LOL I’ve never know anyone who can accomplish so much and do it all so right.


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