5 Years and Counting

Hard to believe its been 5 years and 245 webisodes we have filmed in our Mastering Woodworking on line show.

Time has flown and technology has definitely improved , in the video /audio world . We have tried to keep pace, everything now is HD .

I just want to thank those who have followed us, many of you have been with use from day one . A heart felt thank you .

We still going strong and have some unique and “different ” projects up coming , so stay with us .

Charles and all the gang.

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Popular Woodworking Spoofed Me..I didn’t even know

This was just brought to my attention .Seems last year Popular Woodworking “spoofed me. I just saw it , it was pretty funny, and they even had ” Camera Girl” talking to me off camera,  To my knowledge this is only shown in our MWW show, so its nice to see they are following along .

Its my understanding that all but the gal who is supposed to be Roy Underhill are now absent from Pop Woodworking , but it was funny ..Bob Lang in the sleeveless shirt is supposed to be me. It’s the last one .


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Come Say Hello ,Woodcraft ,Harrisburg PA

This Friday ,Saturday and Sunday  we will be at the Harrisburg Pa.  Woodcraft store. We will be doing classes, demos, and answering questions , all free of charge. A 4 hour finishing class, and 2 hour router class is just part of the agenda. I would love to say hello if you can make it .

Here is a link to the store and the events.. Hope to see you there.




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Tiger Maple Corner Cupboard Video Series

It’s been a while since we did a public video, so we elected to take the first project from our Mastering Woodworking Show. The project is a Tiger Maple corner cupboard with Glass pane doors .

Being the first project it was filmed in 2010. Since then audio and video have dramatically improved.

For you more experienced woodworkers the pace will probably be pretty slow. We did this so as to cover all the minor details involved with the novice in mind. This will be approximately a 40 video project on You Tube.

So whether you’re an experienced pro or a total novice I think we have it covered. Many of our show subscribers built the cupboard and have remained with the show since its inception.

The link below will take you to the videos on our web site, you can also find other videos on You Tube  as well ,listed under In The Workshop . In addition if you sroll down the rightt side  you will see  a few more simpler projects and some tips and tricks.  Hope you enjoy the videos and learn something just be sure to be safe.

As of this writing there are nine videos currently up and more on the way



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New Life in Old Stuff – Upcycling

As we mentioned in the show, a couple weeks ago when Niki was in Guatemala, Crystal redid her bedroom.

She hauled in an old desk and chair and asked me to paint them white, so they could become a vanity table and nicer seat in Niki’s room. Then she also asked if we could spray some black iron lamps white as well.

Here is a table, chair and the wrought Iron lamps we painted, but rather than your typical methods, we simply used BIN shellac based primer which is also a nice bright white and is excellent for not only a primer but a sealer. Because its shellac base it greatly improves adhesion, especially on the Lamps which were powder coated. We then simply used a waterborne topcoat. They came out excellent.

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For a full review of pulling this bedroom together, visit Crystal’s website/blog

Niki's bedroom

Back to work…

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Trouble with our Email List

Hey Everyone, having a little issue with Constant Contacts which is the email management program we use to let everyone know what’s happening at the workshop.

The end result of the issue has left us with an inaccurate mailing list. If you were previously on this list, please visit our web site at http://www.cn-woodworking.com; scroll down until you see the Email Registration and re-enter your name and email in the form so we can again contact everyone via email when we have an announcement or information to pass along.

Thanks for your help!


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Marathon Over for a Few Days

Chest on Chest Complete

Chest on Chest Complete

So after the marathon with the Oak Chairs and the Chest on Chest complete, Charles is going to take a breather this afternoon.  Tomorrow he films this week’s show and Wednesday travels to Boston to spend some time with Tommy Mac on the set of ‘Rough Cut with Tommy MacDonald’.

Next week we will be putting the finishing touches on the ‘Recipe’ book and the Woodworking Simply Put video so we can get those completed and then maybe……..a little break and no pressure!  Not likely, hasn’t happened in 22 years why start now! 🙂

On another note, need to rant.  Don’t know how many of you out there use Hotwire.com but over the weekend had a really bad experience with them.  My sister was returning to Virginia from New York and used her phone to book a room for the night, no confirmation until she was well past the hotel she was trying to book.  Later that night the email confirmation arrived and of course, she didn’t stop there because it had not been confirmed.  After settling in, she called Hotwire and explained what had happened and she obviously could not use the room, their response – tough!  Won’t go through all of the ridiculous rudeness from them that she endured, but just wanted to pass along the word that Hotwire.com does not care about their customers when things go wrong because they didn’t do what they were suppose to.  She lost her $88.00 but they lost at least one customer.  Hope you keep this in mind when considering using them.  Sherri

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June Open House Postponed

Just wanted to give an update on the Open House we were planning for June 14th.  Still playing some catch up in the workshop and Charles will be out of town the week prior, a class the following week and he will be in Boston the week after that.

We are still planning an open house but will have to be later.  😦   We’ll keep you posted.


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Add Your Location

A very long time ago we had a map on our web site that had the location of our woodworkers around the world.  It’s back and we need you to visit our Home Page and add yourself to the map!  Just click on the ‘ADD’ button and fill in your name and location and submit!

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Your Invited!

2nd Annual Open House – CP Johnson Lumber!

Hope to see you Mid-Atlantic Woodworkers – This Saturday – May 17th…..

  • Good Food (Great Burgers, Miss Anne’s Cookies, Mexican Cokes & More)
  • Lumber Sale:  All Lumber 10% Off along with a Selection of Specials
  • Sawmill Demonstration (Chuck Putnam & His Son, Ed return)
  • Special Guest (Yours Truly)

Here is more on CP and his lumber, you wont find better quality http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2d99fca7466ade281d512ce99&id=b909dbde92&e=573d278442

C.P. Johnson Lumber
21457 Business Ct.
Elkwood, VA 22718

Save the Date – Saturday – June 14th!

We’ll be hosting an Open House at our new shop!  Come visit with us and see our new home.  More details to follow!

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