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UPDATE: Finishing Wood from Fine Woodworking

comments (154) July 17th, 2014 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
thumbs up 7 users recommend

Finishing Wood
Fine Woodworking.
$9.99; 122 pp.


We have 2 winners! And they are getting autographed copies of the magazine!

Back by popular demand! Finishing Wood from Fine Woodworking magazine is a collection of articles that will help with all your finishing projects. The magazine includes articles that cover the basics such as prep work, sanding between coats, and wax topcoats. It also includes sections on clear finishes, coloring wood, and spray finishing. Lastly, the magazine has a section with a few articles from our sister publication, Fine Homebuilding, providing information on painted finishes, staining trim and millwork, and finishes for interior doors.

Originally published in 2010, Finishing Wood is now available again with an additional article about shellac. One reader says it best: "[Finishing Wood] covered all facets of wood finishing and was authored by the finest finishers in the field. There is a wealth of information in this magazine."

Professional finisher Peter Gedrys, featured on the cover of the magazine, is personalizing the copies of the magazines won by realreal and woodchip20 with autographed copies. The lucky winners were choosen at random.

Be sure to check back often for lots more great giveaways.


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Comments (154)

illipour illipour writes: well ,there is tons of information of finishing and lot of them talks about the products that we can not find it everywhere specially the craftmen who lives in out of US as lot of them come with commercial name . Therefore I believe that the ifnormation might be helpful when it comes with the way the produce , row material and so on . Then we can find similar in our country .
Posted: 6:17 am on June 15th

Nickdarr Nickdarr writes: Finishining? I thought I was done with the last drywall screw. Huh, who knew?
Posted: 10:36 pm on July 15th

Nickdarr Nickdarr writes: Finishining? I thought I was done with the last drywall screw. Huh, who knew?
Posted: 10:36 pm on July 15th

lobro4 lobro4 writes: I just recently started using dyes and a sprayer to apply water bourne top coats. I would still find a use for this book
Posted: 9:27 pm on July 15th

sfwild sfwild writes: Although i prefer oil finishes for most projects because they leave the wood surface with a sensuous feel I recognize that there are situations where items are exposed to water, alcohol, and other vicissitudes that require a more impermeable finish. But I still don't like the plastic feel....
Posted: 4:57 pm on July 14th

pecos1 pecos1 writes: We need help down here in Texas with our finishing techniques. Maybe this book would give us some ideas other than a can of poly.
Posted: 3:05 pm on July 14th

BA3 BA3 writes: This would a most appreciated addition to my woodworking bookshelf.
Posted: 11:56 am on July 14th

user-3207604 user-3207604 writes: This book would be a help. I always feel that I cnstruct a nice piece and then ruin it with the finish.
Posted: 10:24 am on July 14th

Umesh Umesh writes: Will be very useful
Posted: 3:01 am on July 14th

Geneaux Geneaux writes: Sign me up. Thanks!
Posted: 8:36 am on July 13th

dkohn67 dkohn67 writes: Finishing is the one area of woodworking I feel I can never quite feel like I have mastered. If I screw up, this is where it will happen.
Posted: 7:31 am on July 13th

user-2410757 user-2410757 writes: Yes please
Posted: 12:33 pm on July 12th

retireejd retireejd writes: I really need this!!
Posted: 12:08 pm on July 12th

soredogs soredogs writes: I used to stain pieces and was never happy with the color, so now I use better looking timber and simply use a mineral oil and/or polyurethane and keep the natural colors
Posted: 11:56 am on July 12th

Moustache0703 Moustache0703 writes: Invested 4 months in designing and building a handsome armoire for my daughter, then I screwed it up with a crummy looking finish.. Doesn't look too bad though the darkened part of her home..
Posted: 9:28 am on July 12th

TBlake13 TBlake13 writes: I am always looking for more efficient ways to finish projects.
Posted: 9:17 am on July 12th

KenHANGITALL KenHANGITALL writes: Finishing always room for improvement. Count me in, would love to improve my skills.
Posted: 9:15 am on July 12th

chasw chasw writes: Finishing has yet to exceed my expectations.
Posted: 10:03 pm on July 10th

CircleCityAdam CircleCityAdam writes: Finishing causes me great anxiety.
Posted: 9:55 pm on July 10th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: About to start the finishing process on my latest project.
Posted: 2:56 pm on July 10th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: Yes, I would this book.
Posted: 12:14 am on July 10th

jdcook72 jdcook72 writes: Yet another fine offering from Fine Woodworking.
Posted: 9:51 pm on July 9th

The_Oaken_Forge The_Oaken_Forge writes: I'll take one please.

Posted: 9:48 pm on July 9th

MCamaleri MCamaleri writes: what a book!
Posted: 12:07 pm on July 9th

cash15 cash15 writes: Like many, I change beautiful unfinished pieces into just nicely, but not beautifully finished pieces. Each tip to eliminate a finishing problem, brings my project closer to the perfection woodworkers strive for..
Posted: 8:24 am on July 9th

mmaacckk mmaacckk writes: would love this
Posted: 9:59 pm on July 8th

user-3520927 user-3520927 writes: Looks like another masterpiece to help turn our work into masterpieces. Keep up the good work!
Posted: 8:09 pm on July 8th

user-3520927 user-3520927 writes:
Posted: 8:09 pm on July 8th

Barkley629 Barkley629 writes: Please.
Posted: 1:38 pm on July 8th

user-2035864 user-2035864 writes: I'm 77 years old and still can't figure out how to finish my projects to my satisfaction. Please help me!!!
Posted: 2:11 am on July 8th

spies spies writes: I have several Fine Woodworking books, this would make a great addition to my collection.
Posted: 8:18 pm on July 7th

Crystalfins Crystalfins writes: Too many projects to be doing if work just wasn't in the way.
Posted: 5:53 pm on July 7th

schmura22 schmura22 writes: What?! I need to finish a project? Please, I need this book, just ask my wife...
Posted: 4:50 pm on July 7th

TopspinD TopspinD writes: Please sign me up. This is my least favorite part of woodworking... maybe I can learn something to make it less painful. Thanks.
Posted: 3:29 pm on July 7th

jross827 jross827 writes: couldn't hurt
Posted: 12:48 pm on July 7th

jdm92562 jdm92562 writes: Count me in.
Posted: 12:33 pm on July 7th

LBF LBF writes: I always screw up the finish.
Posted: 10:54 am on July 7th

LoneShark LoneShark writes: I'm in send the book
Posted: 8:11 am on July 7th

bird_song bird_song writes: I have a house full of trim work to get done. This would be most helpful!
Posted: 8:02 am on July 7th

Tirebiter14 Tirebiter14 writes: I'm in.
Posted: 6:34 am on July 7th

realreal realreal writes: This would be a great magazine to have.

Posted: 1:02 am on July 7th

woodchunker woodchunker writes: I'm in favor of finishing.
Posted: 8:21 pm on July 6th

Fiveoaks Fiveoaks writes: I can put this to use right away, sign me up.
Posted: 7:21 pm on July 6th

playwood playwood writes: This would be a valuable book to have on my bookshelf. I would also need the sister book "Patience for Woodworkers".
Posted: 6:45 pm on July 6th

user-3296484 user-3296484 writes: I got started refinishing old family furniture for my mom... So much has changed and I'm using finishes that I prefer over the poly she made me use... I could sure use a refresher course on the subject and this issue would fit the bill... besides it comes from Fine Woodworking...
Posted: 4:46 pm on July 6th

MEEMIKE43 MEEMIKE43 writes: I love woodworking. I am a very experienced and I think, a damn good woodworker. I don't like finishing so much, as I am not that accomplished at it. I tell kids ' you love the things you can do well'. I need to get better at finishing. So I guess I should have this book. Mike Regis
Posted: 1:36 pm on July 6th

DWats DWats writes: I do a lot of refinishing.Would love this book to learn how to do it right.
Posted: 12:10 pm on July 6th

JDKnox JDKnox writes: I never win anything! It would be nice to start Finishing Wood.
Posted: 9:47 am on July 6th

anonmt anonmt writes: please?
Posted: 9:40 am on July 6th

SanfordG SanfordG writes: Finishing has almost always scared me. Would be nice to get past that fear.
Posted: 9:07 am on July 6th

MattStier MattStier writes: I can use some help getting over the 'finish" line.
Posted: 9:01 am on July 6th

sawdustjeff1 sawdustjeff1 writes: Looks like another great publication!
Wish it were in my library.
Posted: 8:38 am on July 6th

user-3226229 user-3226229 writes: Being a shop teacher, I'm sure that both myself and my students would benefit from the invaluable information that this book contains.

Thanks so much,

Posted: 8:05 am on July 6th

AntonBill AntonBill writes: Staining, shellacking, pigments, dyes.

Padding lacquers, varnish too!

Oh, to have this book for answers.

Posted: 6:38 am on July 6th

pomme pomme writes: Finishing, not my strongest subject.
Posted: 1:06 am on July 6th

wayne_jc wayne_jc writes: Need help with finishing.
Posted: 12:50 am on July 6th

herminge herminge writes: Nice book. Would like to have it sent to Sweden
Posted: 12:40 am on July 6th

Markorama Markorama writes: Finishing is the one area I need the most help with. Please consider me a worthy and grateful recipient.
Posted: 12:23 am on July 6th

Stick5 Stick5 writes: Looking for simple, fool-proof methods and techniques. This book should have them!!
Posted: 11:21 pm on July 5th

johnkristoff johnkristoff writes: Please end my finishing nightmares. I'm as deserving as can be.
Posted: 10:51 pm on July 5th

308defense 308defense writes: I just finished a project and had to get help. I still need a lot of help to get the finish I want. The way the finishing Co. are changing the finishes is making it harder and harder to get a great finish. I want all the help I can get, and this book should help get better finishes on my projects.
Thank You
Posted: 9:11 pm on July 5th

AdventurousConifer AdventurousConifer writes: I really need this book!
Posted: 9:02 pm on July 5th

flwoodie flwoodie writes: Great resource.

Posted: 8:53 pm on July 5th

lindowl lindowl writes: Spending hours on a project to not finish it to its full potential is a waste of material and time. A book telling the prper way to finish would be an excellent addition to the workshop library
Posted: 8:24 pm on July 5th

kevinmk37 kevinmk37 writes: Me too

Posted: 7:53 pm on July 5th

anewhalo anewhalo writes: I have the first issue on finishing and would be happy to see the latest version. I hope I'm selected

Heritage Shores Woodworkers
Posted: 7:22 pm on July 5th

Sgill Sgill writes: I need all the help i can get, I will reed it cover to cover.
Posted: 6:55 pm on July 5th

Brint Brint writes: I'd love a copy, thanks.
Posted: 6:52 pm on July 5th

sawdust55109 sawdust55109 writes: Can you please Finish my entry and choose my name?
Posted: 6:46 pm on July 5th

webrohm webrohm writes: I've not seen it but woodn't [sic] mind
Posted: 6:17 pm on July 5th

bdooley bdooley writes: A wealth of information, for the seasoned finisher to the beginner, a reference we all could use. Thank you and good luck to all.
Posted: 5:37 pm on July 5th

drjedmiston drjedmiston writes: Excellent reference
Posted: 5:27 pm on July 5th

leeh522 leeh522 writes: Need this one for sure!

Posted: 5:23 pm on July 5th

sscartozzi sscartozzi writes: There is always something new to learn in finishing techniques.
Posted: 5:11 pm on July 5th

aaijr aaijr writes: Nice to have all those good articles in one place.
Posted: 4:13 pm on July 5th

CBGoings CBGoings writes: Looks like a good reference.
Posted: 4:03 pm on July 5th

EddyD EddyD writes: I guess living in the UK may create a bit of a problem if I win the book because of the postage, but here's hoping and fingers crossed! I am three quarters through making english beech bedroom furniture (2 wardrobes, a bridging hit and 2 dressing tables) so the book would be put to good use!
Posted: 4:03 pm on July 5th

user-2473320 user-2473320 writes: This is a book I have always wanted but living at the bottom of the world makes the postage prohibitive so a free copy would fill an ancient void.
Posted: 3:53 pm on July 5th

wpl wpl writes: I don't have anything clever to say now, but I probably will after I read the book.
Posted: 3:11 pm on July 5th

THEWICKERMAN THEWICKERMAN writes: Always have trouble choosing the finish for my projects, this could be a very good addition to my wood bible collection, you can never have to much nowledge!
Posted: 1:55 pm on July 5th

texan63 texan63 writes: What a nice looking issue; I surely could use it!
Posted: 1:18 pm on July 5th

hawkeye26 hawkeye26 writes: I will be making new cabinets in the near future for our kitchen. It would be
Nice to have the book to help me decide on how to choose which way I would go about finishing the cabinets.
Posted: 1:09 pm on July 5th

Beej76 Beej76 writes: I've gotten so fed up with finishing that I've switched almost exclusively to wipe on polys for ease. Problem is it isn't as durable so the stuff I made for the kids may need help down the road. Interested to see if this can get me back into using other finishes again.
Posted: 1:08 pm on July 5th

tdacon tdacon writes: I've been working on old wooden boats for forty years, and the only type of finishes I really know are oil-based paints and marine varnish. I have no idea how many gallons of varnish I've been through during that time, but it would float a small boat. But finishing for woodwork, and now wood turning since I've recently bought and restored an old 70's-era Craftsman wood lathe, is a mystery to me. It's time I educated myself.


Posted: 12:50 pm on July 5th

chuckr41 chuckr41 writes: The Finishing magazine looks awesome. Finishing is what anybody sees first so if the sanding and other prep along with staining etc is done correctly, your piece will look great.
Posted: 12:39 pm on July 5th

Ricki Ricki writes: Surprised that shellac wasn't covered in prior edition, but look forward to reading that article.
Posted: 12:29 pm on July 5th

ahorowitz ahorowitz writes: I know just enough about finishing to know that I need this book!
Posted: 12:29 pm on July 5th

jellor jellor writes: Sign me up!!!
Posted: 12:02 pm on July 5th

topsww topsww writes: No matter how muich craftsmanship that goes into making a piece of furnitire or the quality of the materials used, the finsh will always be 'the icing on the cake'. Anything other and it's all in vain.
Posted: 11:20 am on July 5th

user-3200943 user-3200943 writes: I sure would like to get one of these.
Posted: 11:13 am on July 5th

teamwinner teamwinner writes: The finish makes the difference in so many projects and it can always be better. I would like to learn all the techniques and have it in a book form so I can read it in my shop!
Posted: 10:49 am on July 5th

user-3275905 user-3275905 writes: I am a novice wood turner and am trying to learn all I can about PROPER finishing.
I also have a 12 year old solid wood exterior door that has received a lot of sun/UV damage and has lost much of its original beauty. I want to restore it and also protect it from future damage as much as possible.
Posted: 10:20 am on July 5th

JimmyV JimmyV writes: I would really like to win this book!!
Posted: 10:18 am on July 5th

user-2439152 user-2439152 writes: All wood is beautiful. The finish enhances the beauty of nature. I want my projects to be as good as they can be.

Posted: 10:02 am on July 5th

user-2439152 user-2439152 writes: All wood is beautiful. The finish enhances the beauty of nature. I want my projects to be as good as they can be.

Posted: 10:02 am on July 5th

cntyclaire cntyclaire writes: Sign me up
Posted: 9:43 am on July 5th

levilunde levilunde writes: Of all the things I still need to learn about woodworking, finishing- and finishing well- is the next priority on my list. Otherwise I'll have a shop full of projects that will never see the light of day so, fingers crossed.
Posted: 9:43 am on July 5th

srsdesign srsdesign writes: Tending to be a perfectionist when it comes to my projects, I could use the knowledge of experts on how to create the best finishes, to be satisfied with my completed projects.
Posted: 9:38 am on July 5th

jheller jheller writes: Me!
Posted: 9:36 am on July 5th

swike4547 swike4547 writes: Excellent, sign me up!
Posted: 9:06 am on July 5th

user-311248 user-311248 writes: I have successfully used a number of articles on finishing over the years from Fine Woodworking
Posted: 9:02 am on July 5th

jbeal jbeal writes: Great. Sign me up.
Posted: 9:01 am on July 5th

rpd02895 rpd02895 writes: This magazine seems to have all the processes that everyone needs in order to achieve a beautiful finish.
Posted: 8:57 am on July 5th

Jacksawdust Jacksawdust writes: finishing is one of the things that I have so much more to learn about

Posted: 8:55 am on July 5th

MC13256 MC13256 writes: Perfect, I'm building a blanket chest and will need some help finishing it.
Posted: 8:33 am on July 5th

ClaudiaMay ClaudiaMay writes: I'd love to learn about some non-toxic finishes which can look as good as the stuff I hate to accumulate around the shop.
Posted: 8:32 am on July 5th

pcbg01207 pcbg01207 writes: Anything that helps me to improve must be worth its weight in gold!
Posted: 8:28 am on July 5th

ififly ififly writes: The answer to the woodworkers enigma.

Posted: 8:24 am on July 5th

TGrenga100 TGrenga100 writes: Most definitely! While joinery and assembly are my most favorite aspects of executing a project, the final finishing can be intimidating. That's why I'd like to own a copy of Wood Finishing. I would produce more furniture projects if it weren't for the inevitable moment that arrives near its conclusion where it's- you guessed it! Finish Time and the challenges really begin.
Posted: 8:15 am on July 5th

TayHubDad TayHubDad writes: I like building pieces from figured stock and always try to ensure those features show prominently. Selecting a finish that keeps to that end is my downfall. I typically opt for a clear finish of poly, oil or untreated. As a novice woodworker, I am looking for guidance and a good book would be just great.
Posted: 8:13 am on July 5th

MortiseGirl MortiseGirl writes: You only have to botch a finishing job once to know why this book is so popular!
Posted: 8:08 am on July 5th

Paige Paige writes: l always enjoy finishing a project - especially when I have expert advise on how to do it.
Posted: 8:01 am on July 5th

DickFl DickFl writes: This could be a very useful resource, comparing various finishing processes and techniques. I use several methods and materials, depending on the wood in use and the purpose of the project. I am sure this would be a good addition to my library, and will get lots of use.
Posted: 7:57 am on July 5th

JKFrey JKFrey writes: Love Finishing...just no good at it!
Posted: 7:56 am on July 5th

snowchild snowchild writes: If there is any area of woodworking that confusion lives it is wood finishing. I have seen so many people in this profession who think they know what they are doing but really don't. Much of what people think they know out there about finishing has been passed down from people who don't understand it themselves. This leads to having to unlearn what we think we know to adapt to the correct processes of finishing. Fine Woodworking is a great place to find the correct information to lead you down the path of success to wood finishing.
Posted: 7:43 am on July 5th

user-3022921 user-3022921 writes: I must not keep finishing the same way. Over and over again I stay with comfortable instead of using the correct finish for the piece. I could really use the help.
Posted: 7:33 am on July 5th

gbware gbware writes: Finishing is always my downfall. I'd live to use something besides polyurethane to finish my projects.
Posted: 7:32 am on July 5th

woodchip20 woodchip20 writes: Would love to have it in my collection!
Posted: 7:26 am on July 5th

jdcoving jdcoving writes: For myself finishing is the most frustrating part of a project. I'm sure this book would be a welcome addition to my library.
Posted: 7:26 am on July 5th

brianrussell brianrussell writes: I would like to enhance my finishing skills, since I puts so much time and effort into building and assembly.
Posted: 7:16 am on July 5th

WillyGss WillyGss writes: Since it is not my cut of tea...
Posted: 7:14 am on July 5th

MKWerman MKWerman writes: I could use that for a project I'm working on right now. Count me in!
Posted: 7:12 am on July 5th

OhioDave OhioDave writes: Count me in!!
Posted: 6:57 am on July 5th

Redoy Redoy writes: Without the "finish" the project isn't finished.
Posted: 6:56 am on July 5th

Redoy Redoy writes: Without the "finish" the project isn't finished.
Posted: 6:55 am on July 5th

cthenrys cthenrys writes: Sure. I'd be interested
Posted: 6:42 am on July 5th

whiteoak whiteoak writes: The compilation of articles is very valuable as the in-depth discussion and approach differences of authors can trigger understanding not gained reading the individual pieces in isolation. Thanks for the contest!
Posted: 6:26 am on July 5th

Ron_Calverley Ron_Calverley writes: I'm sure this "wood" be useful.
Posted: 6:12 am on July 5th

kmwwoodworking kmwwoodworking writes: I have "Painting and Finishing" from Taunton's. My husband is a custom carpenter and says Fine Woodworking contains the best knowledge.
I love finishing different species of woods. Each has their own character that shines through with the perfect finish.
I am thirsty for more knowledge, and "Finishing Wood" is on my list of information to learn.

Posted: 6:01 am on July 5th

wgl wgl writes: Just in time. My 'BunkBed ' project should be ready for finishing soon.
Posted: 5:46 am on July 5th

user-2560066 user-2560066 writes: Always more to learn about finishing.
Posted: 5:18 am on July 5th

illipour illipour writes: I would like to know about the difference of finishing techniques between Asia and West .
Posted: 4:49 am on July 5th

illipour illipour writes:
Posted: 4:46 am on July 5th

jfxc jfxc writes: anthology of finishing techniques from a great publication. I'll purchase one for myself and hope to win so i can give it as a gift to one of my grandchildren.
Posted: 4:46 am on July 5th

woodchez woodchez writes: Solutions to probably the most troubling tasks in woodworking
Posted: 4:35 am on July 5th

canepole canepole writes: Just what the doctor ordered.
Posted: 3:41 am on July 5th

deanaoxo deanaoxo writes: Looking forward to learning more.
Posted: 3:40 am on July 5th

wkou wkou writes: A useful resource that can make an ordinary project excel
Posted: 3:13 am on July 5th

evdboom evdboom writes: My ultimate chance to get a grip on one of the most challenging tasks in woodworking.
Posted: 3:11 am on July 5th

user-3240834 user-3240834 writes: I would love to have this book as I have been experimenting with shellac and danish oil finishes recently but have lots to learn.
Posted: 2:55 am on July 5th

lowriderray lowriderray writes: This would be a great addition to my library
Posted: 9:25 pm on July 4th

joeuhr joeuhr writes: Glad to see this updated information. Finishing chemistry really seems to change fast.
Posted: 1:12 pm on July 4th

the_wild_lucy the_wild_lucy writes: I am sure it will be a great Fine Woodworking essential book.
Posted: 6:25 pm on July 3rd

sporter53 sporter53 writes: Much needed information!
Posted: 3:02 pm on July 3rd

TimH47 TimH47 writes: Looks like a valuable addition to my FWW library.
Posted: 2:09 pm on July 3rd

TomComputer TomComputer writes: I have yet to find a finishing technique that I like.
I want one that is foolproof, easy to clean up after, allows me to take my time when putting it on, very durable, easily repairable, and doesn't look like poly when I'm done.
I also want one that doesn't set off my explosive gasses alarm like shellac does.
I suppose it is too much to ask for, but it would be nice if I found that solution in this book.
Posted: 12:36 pm on July 3rd

ekriener ekriener writes: just what I need!
Posted: 11:58 am on July 3rd

sleclerc sleclerc writes: Thanks for the contest. If there's one area I can always use some tips to improve my skills, it is finishing.
Posted: 11:55 am on July 3rd

PeterAlonso PeterAlonso writes: yes please
Posted: 11:34 am on July 3rd

flintols flintols writes: could be useful :)
Posted: 10:43 am on July 3rd

tmsch tmsch writes: Excellent.
Posted: 10:40 am on July 3rd

byerbyer byerbyer writes: Allons-y!
Posted: 10:13 am on July 3rd

brows_01 brows_01 writes: Yes please

Posted: 9:34 am on July 3rd

user-3540519 user-3540519 writes: The beautiful finish shown on the door in the picture on the cover Finishing Wood reminds me of the warmth of a summer sunset in Maryland. I look forward to reading this book so I can also learn to finish wood to highlight its warmth and beauty.
Posted: 9:09 am on July 3rd

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