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Understanding Wood Finishing - Flexner

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IMO, this book is the bible on finishing.  First edition was a real education for me and second edition is about 50% more text and photos.   If you don't have this book, it will be the best money you ever spent.    Until June 29, 2018, Woodcraft has it on sale for $10 off.

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I have a hardcover edition of "Understanding Wood Finishing" dated 1994. It's one of a library of many woodworking books that I've accumulated over many years. I surely don't know everything that Bob Flexner included there, but I'm reasonably certain that I won't be trying anything that I haven't already tried. So, in order to insure the book will find a good use in the future, I'm offering it to whoever first lets me know thru a PM, that they are interested, and provides a mailing address to send it to. The book is in very good condition.

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I put this book and/or the one by Jeff Jewitt on the list of required material in any hobbyist shop. Personally, I find Bob's book a little easier to read (I actually sat down and read it much like a novel) but the both contain pretty much the same info. Jeff's book is probably a little easier to use as a desk reference. But having one should be a requirement for anyone that intends to finish anything.

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Thanks Keith.  Ordered and on the way.

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1 hour ago, Fred W. Hargis Jr said:

I put this book and/or the one by Jeff Jewitt on the list of required material in any hobbyist shop. Personally, I find Bob's book a little easier to read (I actually sat down and read it much like a novel) but the both contain pretty much the same info. Jeff's book is probably a little easier to use as a desk reference. But having one should be a requirement for anyone that intends to finish anything.

I like both and think they complement each other well.   I find Jewitt's book goes into more things, perhaps, and is well-illustrated.   Most topics cover 4-6 pages.  

Flexner tends to get more into fundamentals and why things work the way they work.  And Flexner is the original myth-buster.  Becoming frustrated with why things didn't work the way they should and why directions and labels seem to not coincide with reality, he dug in and did the research.

 

I have said in the past that Flexner is the undergraduate course and Jewitt is the graduate level course.

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On 6/3/2018 at 10:05 PM, It Was Al B said:

I have a hardcover edition of "Understanding Wood Finishing" . In order to insure the book will find a good use in the future, I'm offering it to whoever first lets me know thru a PM, that they are interested, and provides a mailing address to send it to. The book is in very good condition.

Still haven't received any requests.

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Glad to say that the book will soon find its new home. Hope you enjoy it.:)

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