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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440308454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308451
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

bBob Flexner has operated his own furniture-making and restoration shop in Norman, OK for 30 years. For the last 20 years, he has taught wood finishing and restoration. His accomplishments include the authoritative and bestselling book, Understanding Wood Finishing, still in print after 15 years, editing Finishing and Restoration (Professional Refinishing) magazine, making the award-winning videos, Repairing Furniture and Refinishing Furniture, and writing the long-running columns "Finishing" in Woodshop News and "Flexner on Finishing" in Popular Woodworking. http://www.bobflexner.com


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Really easy to understand.
Santiago
The former is more technical and contains much more in-depth information about wood finishing.
Robert C. Adams
Wood Finishing 101 is a must have book for the woodcraft beginner.
C. Spotts

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Adams on August 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have a love-hate relationship with finishing. I reach a point in a woodworking project at which I just want to be done. Oh, right, then it needs to be finished. And that means boring time spent sanding, a relatively small amount of time applying stain, oil, varnish, etc., and then large amounts of time waiting for drying. Not that I don't do something else, but those 24-hour-long blocks of drying time simply prolong the conclusion of the project. But in fact it's the quality of the finishing that makes me step back and either feel proud of the way a project looks and feels or not.

To improve my finishing skills I bought Bob Flexner's Understanding Wood Finishing a couple of years ago and this month Wood Finishing 101. Both are excellent books, contain valuable information, and are well-written and edited. The former is more technical and contains much more in-depth information about wood finishing. In that respect one can return to it again and again to absorb more information. But...

Wood Finishing 101, as the author says, is the missing book that most beginners (and even experienced amateurs like me) need. It is far more visual, a big plus in actually teaching "how to do it." Each type of finish is addressed in sections with photos of typical brands currently on the market as well as step-by-step directions for use. Four-color photgraphs are clear and captioning perfectly related to the photos. Both books are worth having, "Understanding..." for in-depth knowledge and "...101" for easy-to-understand application.

I'm hardly a full-time amateur, but when I do great ready to finish a project, I've always turned to Understanding Wood Finishing. From now one Wood Finishing 101 will be my first choice to brush-up (no pun intended) on how to get a great finish on my latest work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2011
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Wood finishing isn't especially hard, but it's shrouded in deep mystery. This book takes the mystery out of it, and takes it from a black art to something that is labor intensive but easy to understand.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tyy Daymon on March 24, 2013
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Arrived timely better then expected. Exceptionally well written and illistrated. Multible methods discussed each finish has litterly step by step instructions. The author himself a master shares how he likes to hold sandpaper demonstrating the very basics to the repairing of finishes in an A,B,C how to tell what the finish is that your repairing. His way of teaching works great. His insight with practical knowlage woven with in the finishing lesson. Sutleties lacquer or shalac what's what even better how to mix your own finishes Wipe-on, brush, up to spray. 1) The best is he will teach you what situation is best for a specific finish. 2) just as important when NOT to use a finish. 3) Quick over view of finish with pros and cons. 4) set-up tools, supplies, allowing for you preference. Pictures(pix). 5) walk thru with pix. 6) Clean up. 7) what might have gone wrong how to tell 8) Fix for each wrong 9) each type of finish has shortcuts and there cost and best of all each categories fool prof finish. The detailed info is presented in an easy format. Best of all sections are written so you can put it down and pick it up without missing a beat. Of all the WW books this is a MUST HAVE for all finishers and WoodWorkers. You will make the finish then use it can't forget it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don L. on July 18, 2012
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This book gives just enough backgound and then explains all of the good and bad about each type of finish. Then it goes through examples of prep and applying finish for each type of finish. Great for beginners who dont want a doctorate in finishing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dale Daniel on September 25, 2013
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If you work with wood and apply a finish to that wood this book is a must have. Mr. Flexner covers everything you really need to know in a super organized format. No beating around the bush in Wood Finishing 101. The author gets right to the point and covers what you need to know and covers it precisely. Want to know about water based finishes? This book tells you in a few pages all you need to know to apply the finish competently. Want to know the advantages of water based finishes over oil based? Its right here and easy to find and easy to understand.

If you finish wood you must own this book. It does NOT cover how to mix and apply older finishes or how to fume a piece of wood to duplicate Arts and Crafts furniture. It DOES cover all the modern finishes and covers them completely and clearly.

There is no better book on finishing wood with modern finishes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Spotts on March 1, 2014
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Wood Finishing 101 is a must have book for the woodcraft beginner. Bob Flexner debunks the myths on wood finishing and details the products on the shelf that are available to the consumer. He tells you what you are purchasing, and also gives recipes to create your own, better finishing product to suit the needs of your particular project. Great pictures, graphics and detail notes are given on every type of finish desired for you wood project. The book is a bible on finishes for the beginner especially, but the Pro will also pick up valuable information as well as proper techniques. A must have book for a woodworker's collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E Shaughnessy on February 19, 2014
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Great content and stand alone chapters make this guide highly useful. I found it to be just what I was looking for!
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