Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the

Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish Taking the mystery out of wood finishing, this completely updated second edition includes the latest technical updates on materials and techniques from spray guns to French polishing with detailed step by step instructions and explanations The most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published, this guide offers advice for troubleshooting, distinguishing different products, and suggestions for creating beautiful finishes As a new stainer, I found this incredibly informative and interesting Note that I mostly only read the sections on wood prep, stains, staining, and finish application techniques. 4.5 5 5 stars AIn the introduction Bob Flexner states that he originally wrote this book because there is so much confusing information out there about finishing wood He spent a lot of time researching the chemistry of products on the market, going to educational seminars, and applying his knowledge I was hooked right from the beginning because I too have have tried to make sense of the shelves and shelves of wood finishing products with instructions which all seem to contradict each other 4.5 5 5 stars AIn the introduction Bob Flexner states that he originally wrote this book because there is so much confusing information out there about finishing wood He spent a lot of time researching the chemistry of products on the market, going to educational seminars, and applying his knowledge I was hooked right from the beginning because I too have have tried to make sense of the shelves and shelves of wood finishing products with instructions which all seem to contradict each other I have a substantial amount of oak cabinetry which is due for re finishing as well as some furniture and really don t want to mess it up This book is incredibly informative and easy to read I am listing the chapter headings because that is probably the best way for anyone reading this review to decide if the book contains what they need Chapter 1 Why Finish Wood, Anyway sanitation, stabilization, decoration Chapter 2 Preparing the Wood Surface extensive info on sanding, cleaning up mistakes Chapter 3 Tools for Applying FinishesChapter 4 Staining Wood guide to stains, dyes, bleaching, common problems and solutions Chapter 5 Oil FinishesChapter 6 Wax FinishesChapter 7 Filling the PoresChapter 8 Introduction to Film FinishesChapter 9 ShellacChapter 10 Lacquer Chapter 11 VarnishChapter 12 Two part Finishes catalyzed finishes Chapter 13 Water based FinishesChapter 14 Choosing a FinishChapter 15 Advanced Coloring TechniquesChapter 16 Finishing the FinishChapter 17 Finishing Different WoodsChapter 18 Caring for the FinishChapter 19 Repairing FinishesChapter 20 Exterior FinishesChapter 21 Removing Finishes Decent overview of the various finishes available at a typical North American big box store and how they work There s not really anything here you won t soon pick up through osmosis if you spend any time at all interacting with woodworking communities, but that s largely because of how influential this book has been anyway.Flexner doesn t really have a sense of how finishes are used elsewhere in the world or before the late 19th century, is bizarrely bad at using oils to the point that it unfai Decent overview of the various finishes available at a typical North American big box store and how they work There s not really anything here you won t soon pick up through osmosis if you spend any time at all interacting with woodworking communities, but that s largely because of how influential this book has been anyway.Flexner doesn t really have a sense of how finishes are used elsewhere in the world or before the late 19th century, is bizarrely bad at using oils to the point that it unfairly biases him against them and leads him to make some deeply indefensible statements including that oil specifically Watco Danish Oil can t harden wood because by itself it cures softer than wood , and repeats a couple of common myths most prominently the particularly shitty one that all finishes are food safe once they re cured he even has the gall to call the correct notion that it isn t true a common myth , but if you just want to make your garage project look okay without having to order anything online, there are certainly worse places to start than this book Comprehensive, a great book to own as you want to be able to read through it front to back but also have the opportunity to reference again later on.For some reason I found some techniques described in here less memorable than same methods as listed in The Furniture Doctor by Grotz I know the intentions of the books are not the same, the scope of each is different too Tone is very different Best thing to do I think would be to own both

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