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Forum topic by andy6601 posted 10-12-2011 07:19 PM 1816 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2011 07:19 PM

Does anyone have Bob Flexner’s book about finishing and or care to comment on if it is worth getting. The more finishing I do on my projects the more I realize how important it is…..

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 08:20 PM

Flexner actually has two books on finishing, one I would recommend highly the other only if you need extra information. The first is on selecting and applying the correct finish. The second is titled Flexner on Finishing. Flexner on Finishing is actually a collection of question and answer articles from a magazine and while it serves a good purpose isn’t anywhere near as comprehensive as the first one.

I’ve read numerous books on finishing and Flexner’s first book is by far one of the best.

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 09:59 PM

Flexner’s “Understanding Wood Finishes” is not worth getting, but rather a must have for any woodworker (IMHO). There is one alternative, and that would be “Finishes” by Jeff Jewitt. Both books cover much of the same material, and both are top notch. Flexner’s book is organized a little better, when I got it I read through much like a novel. Jewitt’s book, on the other hand, is better used as a reference….look up something when you need the help. Again, just my opinion.

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#3 posted 10-12-2011 10:59 PM

The only dig on flexner I have is he REALLY REALLY HATES Waterbased finishes.

So if you are looking for info on “up and coming” water based that may look good it isn’t discussed.

Jeff Jewitt is working on converting as is Terri Masachi (spelling) so they are often reviewing the state of the art, while the guys that are big on restoration and colormatching antiques, certainly are going to focus on “old school” finishes that will exactly match for spot repairs and perfect compatability.

The 50 year old Art deco piece that has been douched with lemon pledge for a few decades, just won’t take a waterbased finish without being really stripped to bare wood and sealed with shellac.

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 03:51 AM

Even with his dislike of waterbourne finishes. Understanding Wood Finishes is an excellent resource for all types of finishing techniques. GET IT!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 01:39 PM

Thanks everybody! I was at the woodcraft store and saw the book Flexner on Finishing, thumbed thruogh it, but that was it. The more wood working I do the more I realize that finishing is whole nother world that needs to be explored in order to make a good project great.

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