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#1 posted 07-15-2013 06:01 PM

Yes. It is excellent.

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 06:03 PM

yep, the “bible” on finishing. There are certain books that every woodworker would benefit from reading at the beginning of their career, this is one of them.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 06:11 PM


Read it to learn the rules, only then can you break them.

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

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 06:15 PM

If you could only buy one book on finishing, this is it.

-- jay,

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 11:16 PM

Don’t waste your money. All you need to know is in my blog.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 11:28 PM

I shall order it.

Sorry Clint I am one of those people who need more than a cursory brush off of something and a “because I said so” attitude. I have nothing against you personally, since I don’t know you, but I was put off by the blog post.

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#7 posted 07-16-2013 12:48 AM

Yes! That’s an excellent book.

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#8 posted 07-16-2013 12:55 AM

It’s a great book….21 chapters of no nonsense easy to read and understand info….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 07-16-2013 01:14 AM

It is a very good book. I picked it up at Ollies about a month ago for under 3 bucks and was very surprised at how well written an informative it is. I read it cover to cover and then went back and reread several chapters over again. It really opened my eyes to how different finishes actually work.

-- Thank goodness I don’t do this for a living, because I would surely starve.

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#10 posted 07-16-2013 01:27 AM

Just so you know you can buy this direct from popular woodworking for much cheaper. They must have a special going on or something. Here is the link:

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#11 posted 07-16-2013 02:24 AM

Bob Flexner (Author) = Enough said.

‘nuf said, eh? ;)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#12 posted 07-16-2013 03:58 AM

Flexner on finishing is also a must read


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#13 posted 07-16-2013 04:47 AM

Cool. I’ll get it from popular woodworking.

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#14 posted 07-16-2013 05:20 AM

Yup, great book. He breaks down the material.

-- The one thing about time is that time is always on time.

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#15 posted 07-16-2013 05:27 AM

I own both of Bob’s books and there good but I feel that Charles Neil picks up where Bob left off. Charles book and on line finishing class covers up to date finishing that Bob’s book does not. Charles new book on finishing is due out anytime also.

-- Custom furniture

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