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    smallerstick
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    North Bay, ON

    Understanding Wood Finishing
    I just received a copy of this book (author Bob Flexner) and I am impressed! Complete discussion of finishing from wood preparation to final polish. The author gives easy to follow guidelines for finishing and dispels common myths regarding finishing of every kind. Good information on repairing finishes as well.

    Easy to find online; I got my copy through Abebooks for under $10 including shipping. I should have owned this book years ago, it would have saved me from making countless mistakes over the years.

    BE the change you want to see.
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    #710893

    From what I hear Flexner is THE man for finishing. I ought to look into getting that book too.

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    #710902
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I have Flexner’s book. It is considered one of the best on the subject.

    #710927
    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    Never heard of the guy.
    Amazon has a kindle version.
    Now I have to find some time to read it.

    #710938
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Here’s another one that came highly recommended when I was tipped off about the Flexner book also.

    https://www.amazon.com/Foolproof-Wood-Finishing-Those-Finish/dp/1565233034

    LV carries it also, but the cover has since changed.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=56506&cat=1,46096,43047

    Flexner’s book is also available at LV and it’s cover has changed over the years as well.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=30284&cat=1,190,43047,30284

    #710940
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Here’s another one that came highly recommended when I was tipped off about the Flexner book also.

    https://www.amazon.com/Foolproof-Wood-Finishing-Those-Finish/dp/1565233034

    LV carries it also, but the cover has since changed.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=56506&cat=1,46096,43047

    Flexner’s book is also available at LV and it’s cover has changed over the years as well.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=30284&cat=1,190,43047,30284

    I have the earlier edition of Flexner’s book, same jacket as in your pic. LV has the newer one, I believe.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #710971

    Understanding Wood Finishing
    I just received a copy of this book (author Bob Flexner) and I am impressed! Complete discussion of finishing from wood preparation to final polish. The author gives easy to follow guidelines for finishing and dispels common myths regarding finishing of every kind. Good information on repairing finishes as well.
    Easy to find online; I got my copy through Abebooks for under $10 including shipping. I should have owned this book years ago, it would have saved me from making countless mistakes over the years.

    Flexner is so enjoyable to read. He is the authority when it comes to finishing. Great that you mention his book. I agree it is a must have for the woodworker.

    #710996
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Flexner is so enjoyable to read. He is the authority when it comes to finishing. Great that you mention his book. I agree it is a must have for the woodworker.

    Very easy to read, for sure. I’m about half way through now and find it easy going and really informative. I’m learning that I was doing a lot of things wrong for a lot of years.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #711021
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    Understanding Wood Finishing
    I just received a copy of this book (author Bob Flexner) and I am impressed! Complete discussion of finishing from wood preparation to final polish. The author gives easy to follow guidelines for finishing and dispels common myths regarding finishing of every kind. Good information on repairing finishes as well.

    Easy to find online; I got my copy through Abebooks for under $10 including shipping. I should have owned this book years ago, it would have saved me from making countless mistakes over the years.

    I bought this book used a few years ago from Thrift books. I started reading it but I have finished it. The last few weeks I though about picking it up and reading it again.

    I have a thread of used books I bought here.

    https://bethepro.com/forums/topic/used-books/

    Greg

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    #711080
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Just came across this from Bob Flexner in Woodshop News: 10 Finishing Rules That Explain So Much:

    https://www.woodshopnews.com/columns-blogs/ten-finishing-rules-that-explain-so-much?utm_campaign=WSN%20Newsletter%20Campaign&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=69049289&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9aFP-9Ummsh8fAuLxALXqw3cD-Ih15qm_Gwm_49Oa1pz6cRtwK60OjJg5HZab9Dohk3tMvgkGeHhncxyerisk4GIncNw&_hsmi=69049289

    Common sense when you think about it. When you understand those rules life becomes so much easier. Thanks for sharing that, Lon.

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    #715008
    Juliatom543
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    Thanks for sharing the information

    #715012
    theamcguy
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    Fayetteville, NC

    Just came across this from Bob Flexner in Woodshop News: 10 Finishing Rules That Explain So Much:

    Thank you for the info Lon.

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    #715040

    I bought a copy of Flexner’s book, but it is taking me a while to go through it, it is not quite textbook like but it is thorough. I would recommend it if you are serious about finishing.

    Will

    #715049
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I bought a copy of Flexner’s book, but it is taking me a while to go through it, it is not quite textbook like but it is thorough. I would recommend it if you are serious about finishing.

    First time through it took me a while, too. Now I find myself reviewing sections just to clarify and be more confident with finishing choices.

    It is the most thorough book on finishing I have found and very easy to follow. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #715079
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Wow you make me want to check it out. Finishing is another whole skill. Could ruin quality carpentry with reckless finishing

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #715098
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I bought a copy of Flexner’s book, but it is taking me a while to go through it, it is not quite textbook like but it is thorough. I would recommend it if you are serious about finishing.

    First time through it took me a while, too. Now I find myself reviewing sections just to clarify and be more confident with finishing choices.

    It is the most thorough book on finishing I have found and very easy to follow. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    I need to start reading mine. I have looked threw it. That’s about it.

    Greg

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