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excellent and informative books; without your unselfish attitude I would
have never been able to produce the finishes that my customers ooh and ahh
Tom Gillan, Gillan's Custom Crafts, Atco, NJ.
Due in September 2012
Refinishing Furniture Made Simple (Softcover
Book & DVD set). Old furniture, whether a treasured
heirloom or consignment shop find, is often better made than anything that
can be bought today. So, why let damaged finishes detract from a beautiful
piece when you can repair or refinish it in a way that preserves the piece
and makes it look as good as new? Author Jeff Jewitt, a professional
refinisher with over 30 years experience, shares his tricks, shortcuts, and
tools of the trade in Refinishing Furniture Made Simple, an easy-to-follow
book/DVD set by the Taunton Press that is sure to fly off the shelves.
Weekend refinishers as well as professional woodworkers will benefit from
the insider tips on how to evaluate the condition of a piece to decide the
best strategy for rejuvenating it, repair and revive finishes to enhance
their beauty while preserving their patina, and match an old finish for a
seamless look. You'll learn how to:
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Soft-cover Book and DVD Set - $24.95
Spray Finishing Made Simple
- This project is a new
concept in book publishing, combining a feature and
technique packed 45 minute DVD with a 125 page
In this book and DVD, Jeff explains
how to choose equipment, how to set it up and
demystifies the entire spray-finishing process.
Through this unique multimedia approach, which
includes detailed step-by-step instructions, photos,
and how-to video, readers learn where to safely
spray finishes and how to troubleshoot and solve
spray-finishing problems. Both the book and DVD
cover a variety of spray systems, solvents, and
waterborne finishing products.
You'll learn how to:
Soft-cover Book and DVD package. - $24.95
Place Winner! 2005
Golden Hammer award for best
Published by Taunton Press, the hardcover book, "Complete
Illustrated Guide to Finishing"
has over 300 pages and 800 color photos
and is the most up-to-date, comprehensive book on finishing wood ever
published. This book covers both tried and true techniques like French
Polishing right alongside more modern techniques such as spraying polyester
and conversion varnish. You'll learn about all the latest products and the
tools to apply them, and techniques like toning, shading, sun-bursting,
creative grain filling, and applying finishes, both by hand as well as
spray. The book is organized for quick access which makes it easy to find
each technique or topic. Hardcover
Introduction by the author
"Finishing. It’s the aptly
named final detail to making furniture. Finishes not only protect wood from
stains, water damage and other mishaps, they also make it look richer,
deeper and add dimension and luster. For me, finishing is the most enjoyable
part of working wood, because it’s where everything comes together. Whether
it’s the tingly feeling from wiping a coat of oil or shellac on highly
figured curly maple or the excitement from matching an old finish, finishing
is the reward of making things from wood.
Yet I’ll wager that for most
of you finishing isn’t fun or has been an unpleasant experience. Sadly, most
woodworkers find out the hard way that Murphy’s Law’s of everything that
could possibly go wrong begins with the introduction of a finish to wood.
Just think of the phrases used to describe finishing problems: “fish-eyes”,
“wrinkling”, “splotching”, “bleeding” or “orange-peel”. You want that on
This book will guide you
through the finishing process and make it as exciting for you as it is for
me. I learned finishing by making mistakes, lots of them, and you probably
have neither the time nor the furniture to practice on the way I did. I’ll
guide you through the tools, the products and the techniques for gaining
control over the process, which is the point at which finishing becomes fun.
You won’t find a dogmatic style or preachy opinions in these pages; I’ll
show you proven, classic ways of doing things along side of new techniques
using modern materials."
Illustrated Guide to Woodworking" will help
woodworkers of all levels choose the right method and tools to bring great
results, pleasure and satisfaction to working wood. Woodworking is a craft that has
evolved over millennia. And there are many methods to accomplish all the
tasks woodworkers perform, from the low tech approach of handtools to the
speed and efficiency of sophisticated machines. Andy Rae, Lonnie Bird, Gary Rogowski, Tom
Lie-Nielsen and Jeff Jewitt combine their expertise to bring you one of the
most authoritative overviews on woodworking in print.
Great Wood Finishes - A
Step-by-step Guide to
Place Winner! 2001
Golden Hammer award for best
Also learn how to choose and use spray
equipment, build and set up a portable spray booth. Matching finishes, using
glazes, toning and shading are discussed in detail. All finishes are done
using commonly available finishing products.
book is the culmination of what I thought the perfect finishing book should
be. Written and photographed over a two year period, we took 14 pieces of
unfinished furniture and my photographer Randy took photos while I finished
these pieces. There's no trick photography, no studio or posed shots. We
worked on real furniture in real settings similar to those that amateur and
novice woodworkers would have. Randy puts you over my shoulder and in the
front row so you can see the nuances of coloring, finishing and rubbing out
this furniture. It's as close as you can get to private instruction".
Finishes DVD combines the two videos, Coloring Wood and Applying Topcoats that were
originally released as separate tapes as a companion to Hand Applied
Finishes in 1997. Applying Topcoats won the Golden Hammer that year for Best
How-To Video. In this 80 minute jam-packed DVD you will learn the complete finishing
process, from preparing the wood to rubbing out the finish and doing minor
repairs. Learn how to French Polish, use stains and glazes, brush different
finishes and much more. Every major topic in Finishing is covered and
there's no other video like on the market. It's like taking a 2 day
seminar from Jeff and paying less than 20.00.
Place Winner! 1997
Golden Hammer award for best
"Absolutely the best
book I've ever read on finishing" Robert Whitley,
Robert Whitley is one of America's most well-respected furniture makers,
and is known for his impeccable finishes. To learn more about this amazing
This book is for anyone who wants to create
extraordinary finishes by hand. A step-by-step discussion of traditional
hand-applied finishes is presented with clear, concise text and photos.
Included are French Polishing, padding shellac, brushing all types of
finishes, oil finishes and milk paint. Also included are discussions on
staining with traditional (pigment and dye) stains as well as chemical
stains. Rubbing out and repairs are also covered in detail.