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The Woodfinishing Book: Includes Key to Brands and Finish Selection Chart Paperback – September 1, 1992

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Finishing is the last step in a woodworking project, one which must be properly executed if the final product is to be successful. Yet, for many, it is a frightening combination of alchemy and luck. Thankfully, Dresdner, a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking , has written a book that will clarify this mysterious subject. Using accessible terminology, he describes the many types of finishes and lists their pros and cons. Coverage includes tools, surface preparation, refinishing, and staining. The chapter on damage repair will help salvage many projects. A particularly interesting and useful section classifies brand-name products by their chemical type. This book will be greeted enthusiastically by woodworkers of all skill levels. Highly recommended for woodworking collections.
-Jonathan Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing expert with more than 20 years' experience in the field. The author of The Woodfinishing Book and The New Woodfinishing Book, he teaches and writes on the subject for American Woodworker and other woodworking magazines. He lives in Puyallup, Wash.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561580376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561580378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,467,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nate on July 29, 1999
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This is truly a book that deserves a 5 star rating! The Woodfinishing Book covers every coating material you can imagine. With the in-depth details, you can learn so much. I really believe it's a must-have book for your workshop.
The book does a great job of outlining all of the finish materials available, both old time favorites and the latest break-throughs. Personally, I've found descriptions of the old time methods the most interesting.
The author does a great job describing "why things work" as well as "how to make things work." It's a comprehensive collection of wonderful information in a single source. Who would have thought someone could write over 200 pages on this subject?
As a long time reader of Fine Woodworking magazine, I've learned that their published books are well-written and useful. The Woodfinishing Book is another great addition to their collection.
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By C. rossiter on February 18, 2015
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