Great Wood Finishes: A Step-By-Step Guide to Beautiful Results Hardcover – Feb 1 2000
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About the Author
Jeff Jewitt is the author of Hand-Applied Finishes and Great Wood Finishes. He lives in Cleveland.
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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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Top Customer Reviews
I love Bob Flexner's finishing book as well, and the difference between the two is hard to pin down, but overall, I'd say that Jeff's focuses a LITTLE more on technique. In my opinion, he explains spraying equipment, brushes, etc. in a little more detail than Flexner... Flexner focuses a little more on the actual chemical composition of finishes.
Jewitt wins out on the photographic quality of the book. There are lots of excellent illustrations that will give you tips on the materials, techniques, and equipment used. He shows everything from how to make a spray booth to how to hold a brush. Both of these books are an excellent resource, but with Jewitt's book in hand, you can call him on the phone and get recommendations straight from the horses mouth... and if you want, he'll even sell you the finishing materials.
Super guy, super book, super resource... all around, an excellent investment.
The book is profusely illustrated with color plates, close ups and step-by-step photos of procedures. It makes it easy to see the difference between alternatives. There are also a number of charts that cover various materials properties, and problems and their solutions. Line drawings are used to show detail of surfaces and results.
The book wraps up with a chapter on specialty finishing techniques - for example, liming, distressing, arts & crafts, filled-pore, and ebonizing.
This book is well worth it for the finisher or woodworker that wants to break out of the Danish Oil & Polyurethane routine. I agree with Dennis Schmidt's review in that it, along with Bob Flexner's classic, in the two must-have finishing books for any serious finisher. It's a high quality book consistent with Tauton Press's reputation.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book was very clear and helpful. Great for beginners and advanced people too. A must have in my opinion.Published on July 14 2011 by Victorio514
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... Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by Barry A. Reiter
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".
If you are looking for a book on finishing wood ....this is your ticket. This book has all the information you need or want to know about finishing wood. Mr. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2002 by Byron D. Mitchell