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  • Finishing/Staining Ref

    I have searched for but cannot find an old post (I believe it was by the esteemed Lorax in response to a question on staining) giving an author and book recommendation for finishing/staining wood/furniture. All the internet options are great, but I prefer hardcopy for any extensive reading. Who are your favorite gurus on the subject?
    Practicing at practical wood working

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    I like Bob Flexner's "Understanding Wood Finishing". It debunks myths, gives the technical reasons for choosing a finish and method, and isn't bogged down with how to spray or brush the finish. It is also very readable - I would call it beginning/intermediate level. If I had known it was published by Reader's Digest I would not have bought it, but I am pleasantly surprised. It was published in 1994 but is still relevant. You might be able to get a test read at your local library.

    Fine Woodworking mag reports on special finishing projects several times a year. For my money it is the best mag devoted to woodworking.

    Shade Tree

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    • #3
      Complete Woodfinishing by Ian Hosker, ISBN 1-86108-247-9, is also another good book to check out. It pretty much covers everything from wood prep to making your own finishes.
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      • #4
        Not me!

        I am the last person you would want finishing advice from. I suck at it! !
        Lorax
        "Did you put the yellow key in the switch?" TOD 01/09/06

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        • #5
          Thank you all. I'll stop by the library and see if they have either of these to check out and then look for a copy to purchase.
          Lorax, i've recall seeing some pictures you posted of your work, so either you're subbin' out the finishing work or you are under-rating your talent!
          Practicing at practical wood working

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          • #6
            Awww golly

            Originally posted by Gofor
            Lorax, i've recall seeing some pictures you posted of your work, so either you're subbin' out the finishing work or you are under-rating your talent!
            Thanks for the kind words. That crib was a "labor of love" and I got lucky too. Believe me, I would sub out the finishing if I could.
            Lorax
            "Did you put the yellow key in the switch?" TOD 01/09/06

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