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Forum topic by Echofive posted 08-04-2010 10:08 AM 1119 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2010 10:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing sanding resource spray gun

My projects have gotten to the point where if I want them to start turning out like I see them in my mind’s eye, I need to learn finishing more than just sanding, steel wool, stain, and poly.

After reading about 50 forums (no lie), I went with the general idea to buy Bob Flexner’s Understanding Wood Finishing. It’s the same price, when not on sale, at both Rockler and Woodcraft. I’m about halfway through it, and I’m blown away how well it’s written, and how informative it is. Excellent pictures, excellent descriptions and tutorials, easy to understand charts and tables. Very very impressed.

The problem comes in that now I am armed with a wealth of knowledge, and it’s almost overload. I’m no closer to finishing my 2 biggest current projects than I was 6 months ago. I’m opening this thread because I assure you, there will be questions.

Regardless… beginner, intermediate, or advanced, this book is a gold mine. I just wish it came in hardback. Hmmmm…. maybe I’ll make a hardback cover…

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 10:20 AM

Thanks for the tip; I think there are a lot of woodworkers including me in this same boat. And if it’s not the know-how it’s the space and equipment. Thanks again.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 11:33 AM

I 100% agree. The book immensly helped my understanding of finishes and finishing. I’m happy to report results have improved since I began applying what I learned. Three cheers for Bob and I will definately buy his new book on finishing also. It’s due out soon.

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 03:33 AM

Chip, there are some books you can get from the library and breeze through and return them feeling confident you got most of what was useful in a few hours. Flexner is more like a bible, you read it, read it some more, and each time you pick it up you learn something. I bought the first edition, and also the new updated version. One idea to keep from being overwhelmed is just go to chapter 17 and find a wood that you have and follow his instructions to see how it comes out.

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