Wood Finishing 101 by Bob Flexner — Review

Just finished reading “Wood Finishing 101″ by Bob Flexner, and I found it to be informative and to the point. Just what I was looking for.

Nice Table of Contents with 1.50″ x 1.50″ photo, for each of the 20 Topics listed in the Table of Contents.

The following is what’s covered in the 20 topics discussed in the book by Bob Flexner “Wood Finishing 101″.
Some general information regarding “Wood Finishing 101″ :

  1. 127 pages
  2. 8″ wide by 10″ tall
  3. Table of Contents covering 20 topics
  4. One page index
  5. A top of color photos thru out the book
  6. Lends itself to skipping around versus having to read straight thru.
  7. Tells you what to do & how to do it, without a lot of excess verbiage

For the topic “Understanding Stains”, the following is covered:

  1. Definition for Stains
  2. Explains why you would use a Stain
  3. Types of Stains, and primary differences in the various types of Stains.
  4. Stain application & time between coats for the various types of stains.
  5. Application problems & solution recommendations.
  6. Usage & limitation of wood conditioners.

For the topic “Understanding Finishes”, the following is covered:

  1. Definition for Finishes
  2. Purpose of a Finish and recommended number of coats.
  3. The various types of wood finish.
  4. Primary difference among the various finish types.
  5. How to seal wood, sealer issues, when to sand, and what sealer to use for various types of wood problems (e.g. Resinous Knots).
  6. Touches on the different types of sheens (Gloss to Flat) available.
  7. Finish application briefly covers application options (Cloth, Brush, & Sprayer).
  8. Covers application problems (such as brush marks & how to eliminate them).

For the topic “Preparing Wood for a Finish”, the following is covered:

  1. Why you have to sand & how you can avoid having to sand
  2. Rules for Sanding
  3. Pros & Cons of Wood Putty
  4. Dealing with glue Splotches

For the topic “Stripping Old Finish & Paint”, the following is covered:

  1. Best method to remove an old finish or paint.
  2. Antique Roadshow vs Bob Flexner, regarding Refinishing.
  3. How Strippers work
  4. Choosing a Paint Stripper.
  5. Steps for using Paint Strippers
  6. When Alcohol or Lacquer thinner can be used instead of a Paint Stripper.
  7. Common stripping problems.

For the topic “Wiping Varnish”, the following is covered:

  1. Wiping Varnish properties
  2. Rules for Application
  3. When to use
  4. Compatibility
  5. Advantages & Disadvantages
  6. Common application problems
  7. Making your Own
  8. Variations

For the topic “Oil / Varnish Blend”, the following is covered:

  1. Boiled Linseed Oil & Tung Oil discussion
  2. Rules for Application
  3. When to use
  4. Compatibility
  5. Advantages & Disadvantages
  6. Common application problems
  7. Making your Own
  8. Variations

For the topic “Polyurethane”, the following is covered:

  1. The chemical make-up of Polyurethane.
  2. Variations
  3. Thinner to Use
  4. Rules for Application
  5. Applications ideal for using Polyurethane.
  6. Compatibility
  7. Advantages & Disadvantages
  8. Common application problems

For the topic “Oil Stains & Polyurethane”, the following is covered:

  1. The chemical make-up of Polyurethane.
  2. Variations
  3. Thinner to Use
  4. Rules for Application
  5. When to Use
  6. Compatibility
  7. Advantages & Disadvantages
  8. Common application problems
  9. Making your Own

For the topic “Wood Conditioners”, the following is covered:

  1. The chemical make-up of Wood Conditioners
  2. Rules for Application
  3. Alternatives to using Wood Conditioners

For the topic “Gel Stains & Polyurethane”, the following is covered:

  1. What is it ?
  2. Variations
  3. Thinner to Use
  4. Rules for Application
  5. When to Use
  6. Compatibility
  7. Advantages & Disadvantages
  8. Common application problems

For the topic “Water-Based Finishes”, the following is covered:

  1. What is it ?
  2. Variations
  3. Thinner to Use
  4. Rules for Application
  5. When to Use
  6. Compatibility
  7. Advantages & Disadvantages
  8. Common application problems

For the topic “Applying Water-Based Stain”, the following is covered:

  1. What is it ?
  2. Variations
  3. Thinner to Use
  4. Rules for Application
  5. When to Use
  6. Compatibility
  7. Advantages & Disadvantages
  8. Common application problems
  9. Make your Own

For the topic “Solvents & Thinners”, the following is covered:

  1. Petroleum Distillates
  2. Mineral Spirits & Naphtha
  3. Toluene & Xylene
  4. Turpentine Substitutes
  5. Alcohol
  6. Lacquer Thinner
  7. Brush Cleaners & Deglossers

For the topic “Aerosol Finishing”, the following is covered:

  1. What is it ?
  2. Rules for Application
  3. Nozzle Differences
  4. When to Use
  5. Compatibility
  6. Advantages & Disadvantages
  7. Common application problems

For the topic “Antiques Roadshow & the Deterioration of Furniture”, the following is covered:

  1. How Furniture Deteriorates
  2. The misleading message regarding Refinishing
  3. Rejuvenating old Finishes
  4. Tabletops & the need to Refinish

For the topic “Caring for Furniture”, the following is covered:

  1. Causes of Damage
  2. Furniture-Care Products
  3. How to choose Furniture-Care Products

For the topic “Outdoor Finishes”, the following is covered:

  1. How wood outdoors is damaged.
  2. Paints
  3. Pigmented Stains
  4. Clear Finishes
  5. Water Repellants

For the topic “Easy Finish Repairs”, the following is covered:

  1. Cleaning Dirty Surfaces
  2. Removing Felt-Tip pen marks
  3. Putting shine back into a dull finish
  4. Removing crayon marks
  5. Removing candle wax drips
  6. Removing stickers & tape
  7. Removing Latex paint Spatter
  8. Coloring a scuffed edge
  9. Removing Mildew
  10. Removing light crazing
  11. Removing white Water Rings
  12. Dealing with Scratches
  13. How to fill Gouges

For the topic “Cleaning & Storing Brushes”, the following is covered:

  1. Which solvent or solvents to use for cleaning Brushes.
  2. How to store your Brushes.
  3. The four categories of Brushes.

For the topic “Understanding Wood”, the following is covered:

  1. The five categories of Wood
  2. Softwood Characteristics
  3. Coarse-Grain Hardwood Characteristics
  4. Medium-Grain Hardwood Characteristics
  5. Fine-Grain Hardwood Characteristics
  6. Exotic Hardwood Characteristics
  7. Heartwood & Sapwood
  8. Solid Wood & Veneer
  9. Dealing with Machine Marks
  10. Panel Shrinkage

Personally I found “Wood Finishing 101″ to be informative and to the point. Just what I was looking for.

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