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Understanding Wood Finishing

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At a woodworking store recently I was guided to look at a particular book to find some of the answers to the questions that I was asking. I bought it, and am very happy to be reading it.

 

Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner

Completely revised and updated, October 2010

An American Woodworker Book

Fox Chapel Publishing

ISBN 978-1-56523-566-3

$24.95 US

 

Bob Flexner, a wood worker, studied the chemistry of wood finishes beginning with using a local university engineering library. He presents and dispels numerous myths and delves deeply into the makeup and character of wood and finishes.

 

This book is a very helpful and useful resource. I have a better understanding of what I have in cans and jars in my studio, and it helps to explain the how and why of what I have only intuited as I made choices between products over the years.

 

Janel

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Thank you Janel, I noticed it has been given excellent reviews. Where there are loads of books on this subject i think this might be a great buy! I read loads and experiment lot's but really good books can help me raise my level of awareness and understanding much quicker!

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That's a fantastically useful book. I've used it as a reference for years. Many people usually recommend Jeff Jewitt's "Great Wood Finishes", but having read both, I prefer Bob Flexner. I find him easier to comprehend, more thoughtful in how he writes, and more complete in explaining techniques.

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