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Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide Paperback – June 9, 2011
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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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This book has a few glaring omissions. There is no coverage at all on lacquer finishes. There is also no coverage on rubbing out finishes, which is almost mandatory if you want a top-quality result. Furthermore, there isn't a section showing how to do multi-step finishes (for example: apply water based dye, sand, seal, apply toner, apply final finish). Again, to get top-quality results sometimes you need to do more complex finishes. All of this is covered in 'Great Wood Finishes', none of it is covered it this.
The coverage on water-based dyes also wasn't very good - in fact I think parts of it were just inaccurate. He claims that water based dyes are equivalent to a watered-down latex paint. I don't think this is true, because latex paint contains solids which dye does not. Of course, you'll learn this in Jeff's book.
This book had a few good tips about commercially available finishes, but not much else.
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.
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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