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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

comments (84) March 28th, 2010 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner.
The Taunton Press, 2003.
$19.95; 144 pps.

Wood Finishing Fixes uses a Q & A format to address finishing questions in a logical way. In it you you’ll learn answers to questions like these:
   -- What finish should I use for a front door?
   -- How can I avoid drips and runs when I spray finish?
   -- What finish is best for items that come in contact with food?
   -- How do I choose a finish?

Lucky povery is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Check out our current giveaway, Working with Tablesaws,  for your chance to win.

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Comments (84)

Povery Povery writes: Thanks Betsy and Fine Woodworking! I'm new to the "sport" of woodworking and I've been trying to work up the courage to finish some small projects.

I can't wait to get my new book and put it to proper use!

Posted: 10:58 am on April 6th

woodangel woodangel writes: Count me in. I could use help in finishing as well as the next person. Thank you.
Posted: 7:38 pm on April 4th

woodinia woodinia writes: I only have half a dozen books on finishing. Maybe this would be the one that helped me finally figure it out. Or at least fix what I've learned after reading the first six.
Posted: 4:31 pm on April 2nd

sam_b sam_b writes: Look, the only thing I have less of than skill is time, so I simply do not have the time to go to and check out the 30 separate archive sections that go back to May 2007 or the 37 categories of items of finishing interest, including pore filler. Just send me the book and help me save these disasters I'd like to call projects. It's either that or more firewood.
Posted: 4:45 pm on April 1st

gatordoc gatordoc writes: After several finishing disasters (I like to experiment) I could really use Dresdner's help.

Steve W
Posted: 3:48 pm on April 1st

davewood77 davewood77 writes: Finishing a project that we have put a lot of time and heart into is always nerve racking. The finish can either make or brake it. This book would be a great resource.
Posted: 1:44 pm on April 1st

Claesd Claesd writes: I work as a woodworking teacher in Sweden. Haven't heard of Michael Dresdner.
If it is as good as people seem to think, it would be great to
pass it on to my students.
Posted: 2:24 am on April 1st

MissionFan MissionFan writes: I need this book because I can learn how to spray like a pro and not have a rough orange peel texture.
Posted: 1:10 am on April 1st

Ben_Sheen Ben_Sheen writes: I really liked the Dresner book that I lost and could really use another.
Posted: 10:20 pm on March 31st

TomTek TomTek writes: The choice and quality of the finish on a project can make all the difference in the world. I can always use more ideas!
Posted: 10:06 pm on March 31st

Dave Worsencroft Dave Worsencroft writes: What a reference this would be as I have made many a mistake that I tried to fix.
Posted: 9:47 pm on March 31st

wonder wonder writes: Michael Dresdner book would be a great resource.
Posted: 9:41 pm on March 31st

wonder wonder writes: I have enjoyed Michael Dresdner approach to explaining wood finishing ... this book would make a great resource.
Posted: 9:39 pm on March 31st

BA3 BA3 writes: It seems I always have a question or two (or three) about finishing -- this would be a great aid in getting to answers.
Posted: 9:31 pm on March 31st

BUILDERS695 BUILDERS695 writes: I could use a few more finishing tips
Posted: 8:57 pm on March 31st

pauferro pauferro writes: Sounds like a great resource, put my name in.
Posted: 7:41 pm on March 31st

arayante arayante writes: sign me up!
Posted: 5:30 pm on March 31st

toobguy toobguy writes: Well,I'll toss my hat in the ring - once again.....
Posted: 4:59 pm on March 31st

konaman konaman writes: i could use all the help I can get
Posted: 3:38 pm on March 31st

wajacobs wajacobs writes: I'd like to toss my name in the hat.
Posted: 3:26 pm on March 31st

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Q&A format sounds good...
Posted: 2:32 pm on March 31st

GoYouSalukis GoYouSalukis writes: I'm in it to win it....
Posted: 11:20 am on March 31st

ddavis4 ddavis4 writes: My wife's birthday is the end of May, she has done fine art wood carving, this would be great for a birthday gift.
Posted: 8:01 am on March 31st

JohnAIA JohnAIA writes: I promise if I win to read it!-just not add it to my library. Years ago, Michael helped with a spraying problem via email. I have never forgotten his generosity in following through. Quite a resource. Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 5:50 pm on March 30th

CKStuart CKStuart writes: I could really use a great finishing book; especially free and by Dresdner.
Posted: 5:33 pm on March 30th

mjonkman mjonkman writes: Any book that provides good advice on finishing is always appreciated. Count me in.
Posted: 1:21 pm on March 30th

Conroy Conroy writes: I will name my next kid Dresdner if I win
Posted: 11:26 am on March 30th

308defense 308defense writes: I build a nice piece and then try to finish it. Wish the finish was better. I need all the help I can get. This is what I need.
please send it to me.
Posted: 10:55 am on March 30th

Beesweet Beesweet writes: I just purchased Woodworking Basic & Guetting starting in woodworking. Having Wood finishing fix is deffenitly an hopliftning asset. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 9:49 am on March 30th

Dr_J Dr_J writes: Just beginning to spray finishes - would be great to have this book!
Posted: 7:10 am on March 30th

Rogers186 Rogers186 writes: I need every tip I can get.
Posted: 7:04 am on March 30th

YonedaD YonedaD writes: Finishes finish me. I'm floundering!
Posted: 6:36 am on March 30th

macpony macpony writes: Enter me in the contest ! I need the help with finishes. Thanks.
Posted: 2:21 am on March 30th

judgewood judgewood writes: Sign me up . . . and in. I'm no finishing expert-that's why I need Dresdner!
Posted: 1:19 am on March 30th

nhfyrfyter nhfyrfyter writes: Helle I have been doing alot of spraying lately and now I need to refinish my front door. This book would be very helpful. Thanks.

Mikey G.

Posted: 10:55 pm on March 29th

tom8021 tom8021 writes: I am a fan of Dresdner.
Posted: 9:32 pm on March 29th

kaschmid3 kaschmid3 writes: always interested in wood working books especially free ones.
Posted: 9:06 pm on March 29th

sawdustmill sawdustmill writes: You can never learn too much about finishing.
Posted: 8:57 pm on March 29th

kevmc_Samm kevmc_Samm writes: I could use a good reference book on finishes.
Posted: 7:19 pm on March 29th

Woodsmithy Woodsmithy writes: Begin with the end (finishing)in mind
Posted: 5:29 pm on March 29th

DanLip DanLip writes: finishing best and worst part of the project!
Posted: 5:00 pm on March 29th

Triumph1 Triumph1 writes: JlYoung...DANISH OIL?? :-) funny.

Could always use some more knowledge!!
Posted: 4:12 pm on March 29th

Triumph1 Triumph1 writes: JlYoung...DANISH OIL?? :-) funny.

Could always use some more knowledge!!
Posted: 4:12 pm on March 29th

drllucas drllucas writes: My least favorite part of woodworking is the finishing process. What I need is Dresdner to do my finishing for me. But next best thing would be winning the book!
Posted: 3:57 pm on March 29th

englisme englisme writes: I'd love to know more about wood finishing techniques!
Posted: 2:27 pm on March 29th

workingwood workingwood writes: Count me in, I need all the help I can get !
Posted: 2:26 pm on March 29th

routerrat routerrat writes: Count me in. When it comes to finishing... I am.
Posted: 1:12 pm on March 29th

ric600 ric600 writes: The Table of Contents is promising and Dresdner is an expert. A digital version of the book should be offered for download at a lower cost.
Posted: 12:45 pm on March 29th

RalphBarker RalphBarker writes: Learning how to fix the fiascoes would go a long way toward getting started with a fine finish.
Posted: 12:10 pm on March 29th

Tyblack Tyblack writes: I have made many mistakes. i wonder how many of them are common. This looks like a great book to have.
Posted: 11:52 am on March 29th

scarbrou scarbrou writes: Finishing is my least favorite part and I can definitely use the help.
Posted: 11:39 am on March 29th

woodenitbwonderful woodenitbwonderful writes: Just bought a house for my mother. the previous owners must have been descended from bats. all the wainscoting trim and doors are stained a deep walnut brown. The kitchen is a galley kitchen with one window and equally dark cabinets. We replace the kitchen appliances with biscue colored. Is there a way I can refinish the cabinets so that they look lighter. I would like to paint them but do not know how to proceed so that they stain will not bleed through or what type of paint to use, enamal etc. Hoping this book will give me some answers
Posted: 10:04 am on March 29th

ColleenDalgliesh ColleenDalgliesh writes: Just putting the finishing touches on a new workshop, I have a corner with a comfy chair and a bookshelf with all my Fine Woodworking books and this would make a wonderful addition :) thanks for the offer.
Posted: 9:35 am on March 29th

joetilly joetilly writes: I am green at finishing and really could use a book like this. Thanks for the offer!
Posted: 8:56 am on March 29th

steven325 steven325 writes: I've just recently started using shellac and oil finishes. I could really use some good information like this.
Posted: 2:50 am on March 29th

Lori K Lori K writes: Just what I need. I find finishing very confusing and so my plan is to keep reading about the subject. Michael Dresdner is one of the authors on my buy list.
Thanks for the chance.

Posted: 2:13 am on March 29th

JimFuller1 JimFuller1 writes: I'm so lucky. Two of the sample questions are ones I'm facing right now and I just won a copy of the book. (In case I win and everyone reads my comment.) ;-)

Posted: 12:54 am on March 29th

bakbook bakbook writes: I'm a professional woodworker and as such learning is esential.
Posted: 12:37 am on March 29th

Chelluh Chelluh writes: I try to understand as much as I can about woodworking... have new grandson and restarted woodworking after years of not have time...somehow I have time and such
Posted: 11:57 pm on March 28th

Povery Povery writes: Sounds like a great book!
Posted: 11:53 pm on March 28th

TedFurlong TedFurlong writes: I could definitely stand to be smarter on finishing. Count me in.

Posted: 9:28 pm on March 28th

StevenO StevenO writes: Michael Dresdner is logical, concise and an especially good writer! A joy to read!
Posted: 9:16 pm on March 28th

mikewischmann mikewischmann writes: This book would be super helpful on the current piece that I am having issues with as well as inevitable future finishing issues :)
Posted: 9:01 pm on March 28th

Edward Edward writes: Finishing is another area of woodworking that demands that one continue to learn and refine techniques. This book will facilitate advancing my knowledge of finishing.
Posted: 8:57 pm on March 28th

Pap12 Pap12 writes: I've got a new project coming up and this book would probably answer some of my finishing questions!

Posted: 8:52 pm on March 28th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: I would love to have a book on finishing in my library
Posted: 6:41 pm on March 28th

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: I suspect that most have of us have more problems with finishing than with any other aspect of woodworking - should be useful.
Posted: 6:09 pm on March 28th

ocean8535 ocean8535 writes: who doesn't love finishing?

Posted: 5:42 pm on March 28th

JasonT JasonT writes: pick me please
Posted: 5:34 pm on March 28th

armandobbb armandobbb writes: I spend most of my time reading, watching, listening, and researching how to become a better woodworker. i don't have anyone to learn from face to face, and never had the benefit of shop class, or a trade school. I love books, anything that can give me tips and ideas. It keeps me going.
Posted: 5:29 pm on March 28th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I neeeeed this book! I actually screwed up the application of Danish oil the other day! Danish oil for god's sakes.
Posted: 4:20 pm on March 28th

Sct112 Sct112 writes: I'm very interested in this book.
Posted: 3:50 pm on March 28th

jpat jpat writes: Could be some helpful information !
Posted: 2:24 pm on March 28th

wmalcolmg wmalcolmg writes: this is just what you need-advice about a specific problem, Malcolm G.
Posted: 1:43 pm on March 28th

jh0217 jh0217 writes: I need help!!!!!!!!!!! This book will do it. I would like to purchase it but my brother is out of work and will not loan me the money. Seriously, this would be a great addition to the library of Horst Woodworking.
Posted: 12:59 pm on March 28th

KevinWilliams KevinWilliams writes: Looking forward to reading this book!
Posted: 12:49 pm on March 28th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: You can always count me in for a free book!!
Posted: 12:25 pm on March 28th

MajestyFW MajestyFW writes: Ah yes Dresdner, a most respected name in finishing. Anyone would love having his books on their shelf for reference. Nos such thing as TMI when it comes to finishing! ;)
Posted: 12:17 pm on March 28th

Woodgobbler Woodgobbler writes: This looks like a book any woodworker would want in their library.
Posted: 12:14 pm on March 28th

forummfg forummfg writes: I'm finishing a library table right now. I have a lot of questions and I bet this would be the perfect book for me!
Posted: 12:03 pm on March 28th

chri7s chri7s writes: Finishing is always the trickiest part for me. This looks fantastic and I can use the help.
Posted: 11:39 am on March 28th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: After hearing an interview with Michael Dresdner I would definitely like to have this book.
Posted: 11:30 am on March 28th

kayaks kayaks writes: Just like clamps, you can never have too much information on finishing! Every book adds some new information and tips. I'd love this book!
Posted: 10:47 am on March 28th

jcwnr jcwnr writes: I find Michael Dresdner's advice to be very helpful.
Posted: 10:32 am on March 28th

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