I am a relative novice at wood finishing and have been reading reviews
of books and among the good choices were Great Wood Finishes and Hand
Applied Finishes by Jeff Jewitt. I had pretty much decided to get
these and now I see he has the new book above out. Havent really been
able to find much about it and was wondering for those that have seen
it how it compares to the earlier books (which would be better). One
thing in particular I am interested in is maintaining the finish of
shellac wood floors.
Thanks for any info.
On 12 May 2004 13:55:19 -0700, email@example.com (Vince) wrote:
I have both the new Jewett book and Flexner's book. They are both
I'd have to give the nod toward the new book. The new Jewitt book
covers that latest water base products, provides more detail on
pre-finishing (sanding & scraping, even wood selection), and answers
questions left by older books.
I still open both at times, but itf I could only have ONE, I'd go with
the new Jewitt book.
I have both the new Jewett book (Complete Illustrated) as well as the
Flexner book. To me, it seems like Flexner focuses on "what" and Jewett
focuses on "How". To summarize, Flexner tells you everything you could
possibly want to know about a type of finish and Jewett tells you how
best to prep the work and apply it. It isn't until page 200 that Jewett
even starts talking about the properties of film finishes.
I haven't read the other two, so I can't say how they compare to the
newest one, but between the Flexner book and the new Jewett book,
they've answered every question I've had and gave me a real good
understanding of when and why I would want to use different finishes and
Pertaining to your question of the wood floors, I think Flexner's book
would be a good one to reference. There is a handy chart on pages 208
and 209 that show comparisons of appearance, protection, durability,
appplication ease, safety, reversibility, and rubbing qualities of nine
common types of finishes (including shellac and varnishes).
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