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Creating The Perfect Wood Finish

Creating The Perfect Wood Finish
by Joe L'Erario

Popular Woodworking Books: 2005
paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-744-1

     You might remember Joe L'Erario from 'Furniture To Go' and 'Men In Toolbelts.' He lives in Ottawa Ontario with his family and "one smart cat, and two really really dumb ones." That about sets the tone for this personal frolic through finishing land.
     The finishing knowledge is serious: he covers the cleaning and restoring of old finishes, how to remove a finish, adding color or wood filler, and tells how to restore an antique desk. Enlarged photography helps the reader see what he is describing in detail. But don't skip any of the text, or you'll miss a lot. "Touch up markers can hide a surface scratch, but don't expect to hide a major surface injury on your dining room table. Use a doily and a bowl of lemons instead."
     L'Erario goes into great detail about rubbing out a finish, and about effective sanding procedures. "The mighty power of a belt sander…notice the cord of the sander placed over my shoulder. This way you are less likely to run over it, something I have done more than once in my time. First time was right out of the womb. I ran over my unbilical cord with a toy truck." And so it goes.

. . . Barb Siddiqui