Synopses & Reviews
Learn How to Get a Flawless Finish Without the Hassle Throw away those expensive gimmicks and learn how the pros get a perfect finish every time. This practical new book filled with shop-tested advice from the craftsman contributors at American Woodworker magazine will show you how. Inside you'll find a wealth of expert guidance for choosing, preparing and applying flawless finishes, with easy-to-follow instructions and more than 300 workshop photographs that illustrate every step. Learn how to use and clean a fine finishing brush, when to brush and when to wipe, and how to get a beautiful surface without the tedious labor of rubbing out. You'll find reliable advice for matching colors, making nondescript woods look great, and applying a glaze coat. A special section covers reviving damaged finishes, erasing water damage, and-when all else fails-stripping off the old finish and starting over. You won't go wrong with this shop-tested finishing wisdom, including: - Advice on Basic Materials, Tools and Techniques - How to Minimize Costly Mistakes and Ensure Beautiful Surfaces - Choosing Finishes and Matching Colors - Brushing Shellac, Brushable Poly, and Wipe-On Glaze Coats - Repairing Damaged Finishes and Successful Stripping
Amateur woodworkers can achieve professional quality finishes on their projects with simple materials that are brushed or wiped onto the wood. There's no need to shell out the expense of professional spray equipment nor to invest the skill building hours required to use it. The secrets include focusing on brushable polyurethane varnish, brushable shellac, and wipe on glaze coats. Readers will learn how to use and clean a fine finishing brush, when to brush and when to wipe the finish on, and how to get a flawless finish without the tedious labor of rubbing out. Includes detailed instructions for matching colors with simple stains, how to make nondescript woods such as poplar look great, and how to apply a glaze coat for professional highlights on carvings, moldings and other details. Includes special section on reviving damaged finishes, erasing water damage, and when all else fails, how to strip off the old finish and start over.
Throw away expensive gimmicks and learn how the pros get a perfect finish every time with basic materials, tools and techniques.
About the Author
American Woodworker is one of the premier publications for woodworking. Their roster of craftsman contributors provide top-notch technical information in a way that hobbyist can understand. The magaine has been in business for decades with over 140 issues in their backlist. Randy Johnson is the Editor.
Table of Contents
Finishing Techniques: Pro's Guide to 30 Finishing Supplies Brush Care 101: how to choose, condition and clean Sanding: Finishing's Essential First Step Sanding for stained finish: 10 tips Brushing Shellac: apply shellac like a pro Not So French Polishing: new twist on old method Brush On Finish the easy way: thinning poly is the secret Super Smooth Poly Finish: defect free finish even with a brush Put Down Your Brush not always best tool Brush a Tabletop great results without rubbing out Wipe On/Rub Off Finishing: guarantees flawless results Finish an Exterior Door: long lasting clear finish Best Finish for Every Wood: Guide to Finishing 11 Common Woods Match Any Finish: step boards are key Coloring Figured Wood: 2 dyes and a glaze Make Poplar Look Pretty Aged Cherry Finish Chemical Ebonizing Glazing Techniques from a pro Finish Repair and Restoration Repair a Water Damaged Finish: work miracles with oxalic acid Touch up: Repairing a Damaged Finish (without refinishing) Tips for Repairing Finishes Successful Stripping: safely and effectively