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Tauntons Complete Illustrated Guide To Finishing Hardcover – March 11, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
With scores of color photos showing in medias res finishing work and dozens of carefully composed illustrations showing angles, strokes and tools, this latest entry in Tauntons guide series should give even the most amateur aspirant a shot at sophisticated wood finishing effects. Jewitt, a Cleveland-based refinisher who runs his own business, is the veteran of two previous books, Hand-Applied Finishes and Great Wood Finishes. Here, he uses his expertise to introduce would-be home finishers to everything from the right brushes and spray guns ("conventional" v. "HVLP," or High Volume Low Pressure), to the proper techniques for sanding molded edges by hand, to the difference between glazing and toning. The book is intelligently laid out: no page is ever too busy, but each spread contains enough information to take readers through a full step of a process so that they dont have to drop whatever tools are in hand to flip a page. Well paced and comprehensive, Jewitts book is a valuable resource for neophytes and pros alike.
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About the Author
JEFF JEWITT has been a professional refinisher for over 30 years. He runs a finishing and refinishing business in Cleveland, Ohio, and markets his own line of finishing products. He is a frequent contributor to "Fine Woodworking "magazine and the author of several books including "Spray Finishing Made Simple, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing, "and "Great Wood Finishes," and has also appeared in two award-winning videos on finishing.
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I cannot stress enough how useful these details are to the novice, but want to also tell any other novice coming from my level of expertise to use the introductions from the other Tauton books here. You can't start here and expect to do everything in the book in your first pass. You can start here and build up skills in each of the tools demonstrated, but there's an indication, almost a prescription for how to employ each base skill. Example, there's a careful tutorial on French Polish with great pictures and details about each step. The materials used are specifically called out as well as the techniques. You can start here, but you have to have a stain you're proud of already in place.
Another thing I like about this book is how the side bars and details are almost as useful as the specific instructions sets. Somehow I've never heard about an anti-skinning spray. Apparently this product of semi-inert nitrogen and CO2 lets you close up your products and reduce oxidization. Combine this with a few web searches, and indeed, apparently most wood workers have known this for awhile. Me, the do-it-yourselfer with a not insignificant baseline of college Chemistry had no idea.
Absolutely great book.
Very good book! If you're going to publish a "complete" book on finishing, then all the extra info is necessary. Lots of valuable stuff here.
Ever notice how the more you learn, the more you spend, on new materials and tools?
It also lacks the excellent photo examples and descriptions that "Understanding Wood Finishing" uses to great effect. No matter what your level, this book is not the one to buy.
It may not be the best book for the first time finisher, but it would certainly give the first time finisher all the info they need to finish a project well.
I would only like a little more depth in the chemical nature and propeties of the different finishes. Aside of that it's another terrific Taunton contribution and certainly a must for the enthusiast wood worker.
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