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What about Bob

So there are a few that didn't like Bob Villa from the early days. Why?

When he hosted the homes were in a budget most could understand. He left and the budgets went through the roof....

The show was new, hosting was new and the public was new....
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I was a kid when my parents watched This Old House. My parents bought a couple of his books, and even made a couple pieces of nice furniture. Looking back, I think it's unfortunate I didn't have the interest yet to care about woodworking.

I remember the show and his name being a generally positively spoken subject. It wasn't until late in the show's run that I think I remember people (not my parents) saying he sold out to corporate advertising and money.

I personally recognize him as one of the big faces in woodworking for his time. Right up there with Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
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I think one big drawing point with me was he was real and the projects were more realistic IOW they weren't building mulitmillion $ homes with the highest end accoutrements.



I got the biggest kick out of Reilly. A carpenter's carpenter. Didn't always agree with His Highness. One week bandage on thumb next week bandage on other thumb. One week his arm was in a cast. But he was still working.....


Vila did cash in though. He made Sears a ton of money advertising Craftsman.
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Didn't they all cash in...

Personally I started watching Hometime. It seems to be more on budget that This old house...after they did the church redo I lost interest. This wax 1998...Bob
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You are not the real Bob Vila ......

You are a close second, but not him.

Here's the real BobVila who is/was a member here:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/w...n-ends-201194/


https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/members/bobvila-185682/


https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/sear...rchid=12864665




I did ask him if HE was the real deal, and I think he said yes..... who knows?


Why don't you ask ADMIN to merge your two accounts back to Rebelworks?

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You are a close second, but not him.

Here's the real BobVila who is/was a member here:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/w...n-ends-201194/


https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/members/bobvila-185682/


https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/sear...rchid=12864665




I did ask him if HE was the real deal, and I think he said yes..... who knows?


Why don't you ask ADMIN to merge your two accounts back to Rebelworks?
I did some research on Mr. Vila. He has been married since 1975 and has 3 kids. In the quote below taken from the first thread you linked to he mentions his gf. Either Bob has a mistress or he isnt really Bob.

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The project was for my gf though so I had to do a satin polyurethane on the final piece.
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You are a close second, but not him.

Here's the real BobVila who is/was a member here:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/w...n-ends-201194/


https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/members/bobvila-185682/


https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/sear...rchid=12864665




I did ask him if HE was the real deal, and I think he said yes..... who knows?


Why don't you ask ADMIN to merge your two accounts back to Rebelworks?
There working on it...I would ask for a new pass and it wouldn't send it to my email...maybe it goes to Bob?
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I prefer books to videos, but I do enjoy The Woodsmith Shop on PBS. It is a television program with a simple format, and does a good job of demonstrating basic woodworking techniques. You can download their plans for projects from the current season and the previous two seasons. I prefer to make my own plans for my projects, but I download their plans for examples and learning. Someday I may decide to build their fancy combination router table or their CNC machine.

Here are the negatives:
* Everything always turns out perfectly.
* It is a good show with good teaching, but it is clearly designed to drive people to their money-making businesses on the web.
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It hit at a good time. Just look at any woodworking forum and look how many active and none active members it has. Easy to see the many who watched, spent money and there tools are in the yard sales now. I would bet there are more members that actually dont do it anymore because they found out not everyone could..

I bought a Leigh dovetailer from a guy one time who was so frustrated with the jig he sold it to me. He said" im done". No convincing him otherwise....Bob
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It hit at a good time. Just look at any woodworking forum and look how many active and none active members it has. Easy to see the many who watched, spent money and there tools are in the yard sales now. I would bet there are more members that actually dont do it anymore because they found out not everyone could..
More tools for the meager rest of us!

How many new activities have we all tried, only to find those activities don't captivate us as much as we thought? And we only figure this out after spending a month of our allowance.

I have a number of hobbies. I tend to rotate among them, but I almost always end up circling back around eventually. Usually my money isn't completely wasted. Even if I don't necessarily continue that activity as a hobby, the skills I learn end up helping me some time in the future.
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Everything always turns out perfectly.
So friggin' true! I'm at the point where I can watch a show and see the mistakes they make. But they don't commentate on it. I guess production time is the major factor. It's a missed teaching opportunity, in my opinion.

I enjoy listening to the Shop Talk Live podcast. They have segments where they describe some of their worst mistakes. It keeps these "professionals" at a human level that can be identified with, and I get to learn something.

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Our GA and TN public TV stations don't have anything related to woodworking, woodturning, etc. The wife and I used to watch TOH and Roy Underwood. Gone! Used go have the Brit-coms and even those are gone. Meshuggah!

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To be completely honest I was assuming your name was Bob and that that was a picture of you... That show happens to be just a tad older than me and by tad I mean it came out nineteen years before I was born. As far as woodworking shows go I never really watched TV as a kid and if I did it was Animal Planet.



They play HGTV in the break room at my work though, few of those shows aren't bad but most just make me cringe. I remember one where two guys started digging with a backhoe and hit an electrical line. Lucky for them they didn't go through it and die, that's why you always call before you dig. If you're in the states it's free.



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I'm confused, why Bob Villal instead of Bob Vila, and you said I just retired in Dec this year that would make you 73, what have you been doing since 2006?,

With Bob Vila's net worth of $25 million I would think you would have a better shop than that mess.
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More about Bob Vila ....

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I did some research on Mr. Vila. He has been married since 1975 and has 3 kids. In the quote below taken from the first thread you linked to he mentions his “gf”. Either Bob has a mistress or he isn’t really Bob.

He was/is quite prolific writing books, making TV shows and You Tube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/bobvila
https://www.bobvila.com/pages/about-bob

I also recall him posting on www.routerforums.com

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Our GA and TN public TV stations don't have anything related to woodworking, woodturning, etc. The wife and I used to watch TOH and Roy Underwood. Gone! Used go have the Brit-coms and even those are gone. Meshuggah!
We receive The Woodsmith Shop through over-the-air broadcasts from Los Angeles PBS station KLCS.

Try entering your zip code at the top right side of this web page. Hopefully you will see a list of broadcasts in your area:

https://www.woodsmithshop.com/schedule/
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I'm confused, why Bob Villal instead of Bob Vila, and you said I just retired in Dec this year that would make you 73, what have you been doing since 2006?,

With Bob Vila's net worthw of $25 million I would think you would have a better shop than that mess.
Really?..... #1 there trying to fix my original account. #2 that mess had made me a living in 2000+...

Does your shop make you a living?.... Bob

I use to build all cabinets in that shop. Now I build different things that require less space. The shop is in a transition period from part time hobby to full time hobby. Takes time when your overwhelmed with tooling and stuff...
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Tool Agnostic, couldn't get the link to open.

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Just see all those clamps!

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Tool Agnostic, couldn't get the link to open.
Bummer. Sorry. Try:
https://www.woodsmithshop.com

Click on the link at the top that says, "Woodsmith Shop TV Show". After the page loads, click on the link below the banner that says, "Show Schedule", then enter your Zip Code in the search box to find local stations.

Note: They show you stations where it plays. They also show a different list of local PBS stations where it does not play, to get you to lobby your local station to show it.

If all else fails, try starting here:
http://67.224.70.15

Scroll down until you see the banner for the Woodsmith Shop TV Show. Click on "Learn More."
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