An updated edition of Flexner’s Understanding Wood Finishing, first published in 1994, this wide-ranging, practical guide demystifies finishing for woodworkers.
Flexner stresses the importance of understanding the chemistry and mechanics of finishing, detailing not only what materials and techniques work for a wide range of finishing problems, but also why they work and how they work. He debunks myths, gives valuable advice and presents problems and their solutions in a clear, usable format. All readily available finishes are covered, from their history, composition and chemical behavior through application and repair techniques, and relative merits, with advice on how to assess which is best for any situation. Other chapters discuss wax and two-part finishes, coloring techniques and exterior finishing.
The author updates information on solvents and strippers previously considered effective but which are now deemed unsafe, and provides new topics such as finishing a project in a day, using soap finish, matching colors, and identifying furniture finishes by associating them with the era in which the piece was made.
Supplemented with drawings, tables and hundreds of color photographs, this widely-regarded reference makes a valuable addition to any woodworker’s library.
Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 308 pages, 2021.