This online series of articles is in response to the many requests I have received over the years to write a book. The bottom line is that I did that once (albeit in another discipline) and with all of the fights with editors who didn't understand the point of the book in the first place, I vowed never to do that again. Further, in my view the last thing woodworkers need is another book. In the area of finishing there are already two excellent publications that will more than adequately address the needs of 99% of all amateur/hobbyist woodworkers. The first, long out of print but well worth finding, is Adventures in Wood Finishing by George Frank. The second, Understanding Wood Finishing, written by Bob Flexner, now in its second edition. Other books abound but few, again in my view, are worth the money and none are consistently excellent from cover to cover. Both of the above books are.
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This page is our attempt to satisfy those requests. However, rather than go to the expense and frustration of publishing a hard copy we have decided that the more effective and responsive approach will be to string together articles under various chapter headings in a series of online documents. In this way we can modify the text from time to time as necessary...
I have resisted the temptation to refer to this collection of articles as an online book. First, that title sounds incredibly pretentious. But more to the point, these articles simply represent my experience over forty plus years applying finishes to the projects that I have build (or turner) and the advice I have given to others. If you want a book that covers all of the significant aspects of finishing then you should add Flexner's book to your library.
We have compiled a number of articles that we hope will be of interest to woodworkers. We welcome your comments and your suggestions.