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Take the mystery out of wood finishing!
- Over 350 color photos that help you distinguish between products, make decisions, and solve problems
- Over 40 reference tables and troubleshooting guides
- The latest technical updates on materials and techniques—from spray guns to French polishing
- Detailed instructions and explanations that take the mystery out of the science
- Oil finishes, wax finishes, film finishes, shellac, lacquer, varnish, two-part, water-based, and more are each covered in detail
For decades, Bob Flexner has been inspiring and informing woodworkers with his writings and teachings on wood finishing. Now comes the long-awaited and completely updated third revised edition of Understanding Wood Finishing—the most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published.
Long admired by wood technology professors, magazine editors, professional cabinetmakers, and other industry leaders since its original publication, Understanding Wood Finishing is widely regarded as the bible of wood finishing:
“We use Understanding Wood Finishing as the textbook for our students training to go into the furniture industry,” says David Miles, wood technology professor at Pittsburg State University. “It’s the best written, most accurate, and most thorough wood finishing book in print—by far.”
Understanding Wood Finishing, 3rd Revised Edition offers the latest technical updates on materials and techniques, detailed instructions and explanations, and over 40 must-have reference tables and troubleshooting guides. You’ll learn everything you need to know about finishing, from preparing wood to applying wood stains and different types of wood finishes—from shellac and lacquer to varnish and water-based—coloring techniques, filling pores, removing finishes, and more.
With its clear writing and engaging style, this is “without a doubt the best researched, most authoritative, and easy-to-follow book on the subject,” as noted by Steve Shanesy, former Editor and Publisher of Popular Woodworking magazine. “As professional finishers know and as amateurs will surely realize, finishing is easy once you know what you are doing,” says Frank Klausz, a professional cabinetmaker. “Understanding Wood Finishing makes the science of finishing understandable.”
This updated edition features a collection of published articles written by Bob from the last few years, updated information on strippers and solvents no longer considered safe, information on finishing with soap—a fun and chemical-free way to finish furniture and small items—information on finishing a project in a day (or less), advice on matching colors and dating finishes, detailed info on working with wood filler, guidance on spray finishing, advanced techniques, and more! An easy-to-understand resource, this book not only offers valuable and expert information on a variety of topics surrounding wood finishing, it’s also written in an approachable, conversational tone that’s engaging and interesting to read.
Explore a book so complete that it has been nicknamed the “bible” of wood finishing: Understanding Wood Finishing!
From the Publisher
Learn how best to apply the perfect finish to each of your woodworking projects
Master the Craft of Wood Finishing
Learn everything you need to know about finishing wood with chapters dedicated to preparing the wood surface, tools for applying finishes, staining wood, oil and wax finishes, as well as:
Filling the pores
Shellac, lacquer, & varnish
How to choose a finish
Advanced coloring techniques
Care & repair
How to remove a finish
Understanding Wood Finishing
How to Select and Apply the Right Finish
The long-awaited and completely updated third revised edition of Understanding Wood Finishing is the most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published, and is widely regarded as the bible of wood finishing.
Take the mystery out of finishing wood as author Bob Flexner walks you through applying every kind of finish from beginning to end.
The latest technical updates on materials and techniques—from spray guns to French polishing
Detailed instructions and explanations that take the mystery out of the science
More than 350 color photos that help you distinguish between products, make decisions, and solve problems
More than 40 must-have reference tables and troubleshooting guides
Clear writing and engaging style
Easy to follow, well-researched, and authoritative
Take the mystery out of the science of finishing wood
More Than 350 Color Photos
Inside, find hundreds of clear photos of various finishes, products, steps, results, comparisons, and even common mistakes to help you choose products, make decisions, and solve problems.
Solutions to Finishing Problems
Learn causes and find solutions to problems often encountered throughout the finishing process, from bubbles in a brush finish to shellac and lacquer blushing, with more than 40 must-have reference tables and troubleshooting guides.
How to Apply a Finish from A to Z
From preparing the wood surface to filling the pores to finishing for different types of wood—even care, repair, exterior and removal are covered—Understanding Wood Finishing, 3rd Revised Edition will keep you informed and confident at every step of the process.
Preparation & Tools
Author Bob Flexner helps you get started with tips for selecting your lumber, sanding, dewhiskering, and dealing with dents, gouges and holes. Then make your own rubbing pad, choose brushes, spray guns, and equipment, and learn the common pitfalls and solutions for using these tools.
Stains, Oils & Wax Finishes
With clear language and detailed explanations, Bob Flexner will help you understand stains, bleaching, ebonizing, aniline dyes, color matching, washcoats, and common staining problems. Explore oil finishes, dispel the myths about linseed oil, understand oil finish penetration, bleeding oil finishes, and maintenance & repair. Learn how to make your own paste wax and about wax’s compatibility with other finishes.
Film Finishes: Shellac, Lacquer, Varnish, Two-Part, & Water-Based
Learn all about the five types of film finishes that cure hard so they can be built up to any thickness you want. You’ll learn how they cure, how to control sheen, how to apply each type of film finish, its pros and cons, and how to approach common mistakes in the application of each type of finish.
Advanced Coloring, Care & Repair
Take the decoration of wood beyond simple staining and pore filling to the advanced steps of adding color within a finish. Learn glazing, antiquing, toning, and pickling, plus how to “finish” your finish for the best quality. Caring for your finished wood, repairing damage, and removing finishes with stripping solvents is all covered in this comprehensive guide.