Looking for good book on wood finishing


I am looking for a good book to read on wood finishing. I am not trying to make exotic things that require years of experience. Maybe an example will help. I made a dresser this winter from oak plywood. I stained it with Minwax Golden Oak and then put on three coats of low gloss poly to seal it. I don't like how it looks. The stain brought out the grain too much. I should have probably appplied some kind of a wood filler something first.
In any case, that is the kind of thing I would like to read about for now - call it Wood Finishing 101. Do you have any recommendations for me?
TIA.
Dick Snyder
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Dick Snyder wrote:

Think I can recommend this book...
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=30284&cat=1,190,43047
Understanding Wood Finishing
Understanding Wood Finishing - Woodworking by Bob Flexner
It seems to answer a lot of the questions that come up here.
FYI it points out that many of the beloved finishes that get rhapsodies here are polymerized oils -- (plastics -- oh the horror of it all!) things like BLO and Polymerized Tung oil... Geez no better than wipe on poly -- <grin>
Polyurethane works great over stained cherry. <G>
Just duck if you mention here that you did so...
-- Will R. Jewel Boxes and Wood Art http://woodwork.pmccl.com The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. George Bernard Shaw
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Understanding Wood Finishing - Woodworking by Bob Flexner
I second that motion!
Bob
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Start with almost anything by Michael Dresdner, Jeff Jewitt or Bob Flexner. Then read something by one of the others.
A library should do. Anything published in the last ten years will give you a good start.
Patriarch
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I disagree *slightly* :-)
I own the suggested Flexner book. It is not a book that you want to borrow. At $20, it is a book that you should own. It is the sort of book that you will want to "go back and re-read the section on shellac" when you get the hankering to try french polish, or whatever.
-Steve
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Sounds like words from another that has BTDT. Same applies to Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking Books 1&2 for me. Was amazed at what I missed the first couple of times!
On Mon, 1 Aug 2005 12:00:49 -0400, "Stephen M"

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On Sun, 31 Jul 2005 19:50:37 -0400, the opaque "Dick Snyder"

Jeff Jewitt's "Hand Applied Finishes" is all the finishing book most folks will ever need.
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On Mon, 01 Aug 2005 14:03:30 -0700, Larry Jaques

I agree, it's good, but I also get a lot of good info out of "Classic Finishing Techniques" by Sam Allen. ISBN 0 8069 0513 1
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Our local library system has one book by Flexner (Understanding Woodfinishing), two by Jewitt, and one by Dresdner. I will borrow them (thanks for the idea Patriarch) and see which I want to buy. Sounds like I really can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for all your help. This newsgroup is excellent.
Dick Snyder

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