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Great Wood Finishes: A Step-By-Step Guide to Beautiful Results Hardcover – Feb 1 2000


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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561583901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561583904
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #721,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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"The process of applying a finish has been described at various times as a secret art, a complicated science, and, by those who do a lot of it, downright frustrating." Read the first page
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By Victorio514 on July 14 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was very clear and helpful. Great for beginners and advanced people too. A must have in my opinion.
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I owned a high end body shop for twenty years. Did a lot of European cars, and the finished products, all to often, wound up under strong showroom lights. Factory approved finishing and repair for BMW, Benz etc. With specific application techniques, and finally exhaustive rubbing, a finish was produced that would far exceed factory specs. It was necessary to tone it down unless you were doing an overall. Why am I saying all of this? Well mainly this: If someone asked me about refinishing I could get very specific about techniques. What to do, what not to do, and the tips and tricks to take it over the top. It is all to often the technique that would separate the mind blowing finish from the mundane. Of course the proper material had a lot to do with it, but if I had to choose just one, it would be technique. Now that woodworking is a part of my life, trying to apply 20 years of automotive knowledge to woodworking, is almost a waste of time. In automotive, you build up a thick layer of finish, that is often catalyzed for quick drying, then the next day cut it with wet and dry paper, and polish it with lambs wool bonnets. Unfortunately that doesn't have a thing to do with wood finishing. I have been on a quest for the past couple of years to find a book on wood finishing that would give me the kind of knowledge that I understood with automotive. After all of my searching, I finally found it, and Great Wood Finishes: A Step-By-Step Guide to Consistent and Beautiful Results by Jeff Jewitt is it. You couldn't gain the experience given in this book without spending a lot of years acquiring it. The only obstacle to acquiring a lifetime of finishing knowledge is our willingness to open our minds and accept it.Read more ›
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If you are reading these, you're probably like me - looking for a good finish book that's easy to read and follow and that has good pictures to help. Well this is the book! This is a great resource book on all aspects of finishing wood. Jeff covers everything from different ways to prepare the wood to the various ways to color wood, fill the pores, and finally to the application of the top finish. The book has hundreds of beautiful pictures which he uses in addition to the very descriptive verbal explainations of each process. I like the addition of the special "summary tips" on each subject and the highlighted "Pro and Con" list on each process.
In the last chapter he has a step by step outline of how the information covered in the previous chapters can be applied to a specific project. I don't think that you will regret purchasing this book. I use mine frequently. Hope this helps you make a decision.
Happy woodworking!
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Jeff has a unique command on finishing products and their proper application. Great Wood Finishes is an example of what most woodworkers are looking for - how do I get a great finish without taking a chemistry course or spending big dollars on equipment you may not use again.
The examples in the book are straight foward and complete
Great job.
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By Roger Sigler on March 31 2002
Format: Paperback
This book's index is incorrect If I buy a book I want to be able to look up things that I vaguely remember, with this book I can't.
Try to look up "gel stain".
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