Wood Finishing Fixes

Wood Finishing Fixes

Quick Answers to Over 175 Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Finishing is one of the most popular and challenging woodworking topics. This new book by finishing pro Michael Dresdner uses a Q&A format to address the most commonly asked finishing questions in a logical way. It's long on solutions, not theory, and it doesn't require hours to digest. This is an essential guide to keep on hand throughout the finishing process--from sanding to final polish.
Publisher: The Taunton Press,
ISBN: 9781561585915
Branch Call Number: ANF 684.084 DRES
Characteristics: 138 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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Dec 30, 2017

I would say that in the internet age, you could probably search any of the 175 questions and find more in-depth information online. There are passages in the book that could be used as a concise reference (clearly the author has worked hard to put many pieces of information together), but the Q and A nature of the book makes it hard to retrieve those salient bits.

The author is definitely authoritative, and the answers are of high quality, and easy to understand -- And I agree that they are common questions, so If you like reading about woodworking in general, you'll definitely learn a few tips. You could read it from end to end, and it would be interesting, but there is little "flow" from one question to the next -- One question will be about cribs, and then another one about violins, or outdoor fence posts.

The book is layed out in Q&A style. The questions are very short, about 20 words or so. Each question/answer takes half a page - to one full page, with the occasional blurb providing additional details, or the occasional table/figure (which are helpful).

The questions are organized in broad chapters such as "Reparing finishing disasters" or "Application Tools and Methods", and unless what you want to know is precisely what's been asked in on one of the questions, this book will be of limited use. I don't see myself using such a book as a reference either -- I'd be discouraged to have to find the page I saw the bit of information I want to retrieve. For instance, if I was to figure out whether I can use shellac over an oil finish (and I remembered seeing a table explaining that), i'd have to resort to the index at the end -- and figure out which of the 10 answers with the word shellac have the table I want.

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