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Great Wood Finishes Paperback – February 1, 2000
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The book is profusely illustrated with color plates, close ups and step-by-step photos of procedures. It makes it easy to see the difference between alternatives. There are also a number of charts that cover various materials properties, and problems and their solutions. Line drawings are used to show detail of surfaces and results.
The book wraps up with a chapter on specialty finishing techniques - for example, liming, distressing, arts & crafts, filled-pore, and ebonizing.
This book is well worth it for the finisher or woodworker that wants to break out of the Danish Oil & Polyurethane routine. I agree with Dennis Schmidt's review in that it, along with Bob Flexner's classic, in the two must-have finishing books for any serious finisher. It's a high quality book consistent with Tauton Press's reputation.
I love Bob Flexner's finishing book as well, and the difference between the two is hard to pin down, but overall, I'd say that Jeff's focuses a LITTLE more on technique. In my opinion, he explains spraying equipment, brushes, etc. in a little more detail than Flexner... Flexner focuses a little more on the actual chemical composition of finishes.
Jewitt wins out on the photographic quality of the book. There are lots of excellent illustrations that will give you tips on the materials, techniques, and equipment used. He shows everything from how to make a spray booth to how to hold a brush. Both of these books are an excellent resource, but with Jewitt's book in hand, you can call him on the phone and get recommendations straight from the horses mouth... and if you want, he'll even sell you the finishing materials.
Super guy, super book, super resource... all around, an excellent investment.
The examples in the book are straight foward and complete
In the last chapter he has a step by step outline of how the information covered in the previous chapters can be applied to a specific project. I don't think that you will regret purchasing this book. I use mine frequently. Hope this helps you make a decision.
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The book does a great job of providing specific information to apply wood finishing to any project that I plan to undertake. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by James A. R. King
This was purchased as a gift. My husband is new to woodworking and I was looking for a resource for him on how to finish his pieces. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Carolyn Dietrich
Good information. Been finishing wood for 30 years, and looking for a reference book that can help me keep things straight.Published on March 9, 2009 by Jacques Robertson
Very nice layout. Great pictures. Jeff knows what he is talking about. I do lots of woodworking, but not much refinishing, and this book as been a great help.Published on December 12, 2008 by Vincent A. Nicastro
This was the book I was looking for. I work with a lot of different type of woods and this book makes finishing of woods understandable and easy. Read morePublished on November 10, 2008 by James E. Titus