I purchased this book when it first came out because I have always liked Marc and what he has done for the online woodworking community. He is both educational and funny, which make for a very entertaining website, videos, and now books. I think he made something great when he wrote this book. He accomplished something that others seem to always want to make so complicated for beginners out there. Finishing a project does not need to be a science experiment without parental supervision. I can be quick, simple, and provide great results without stressing yourself out.
The book is not long at 66 pages, but it is packed with tons of worthwhile information. Ever wanted to know how to use a wipe on finish, make your own Danish oil, mix shellac, how to get that mirror like finish, refinishing a piece? What about finishing a table, outdoor furniture, using HVLP, or just putting on Shellac? Marc delivers all of these answers and more with clear, concise, and easy to understand direction. That is what I like best about Marc and this book, he doesn’t make things complicated, he just makes them simple to do.
One of the great parts to this book is the end. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way, what I mean is that the last section of this book is a conglomerate of real questions with real life answers. I find the end of this book to be the best for anyone trying to solve problems or answer questions that google.com just can’t answer for them. Not only are there great answers, they are accompanied with online video links that help to inform people on each topic.
Now, I know some people out there are not big on computers, but if you’re not and you are reading this right now, you can follow Marc’s links in his book. Since Marc has spent most of his time and resources educating people through the Internet, I feel that it is a perfect use of his online resources to use them in his own books. A priceless resource that shows you get much more than you pay for when you purchase his book. You get someone who cares about your woodworking and genuinely wants to help you get better anyway he can. Every resource, outside of his Guild Memberships videos, is free and has always been since he started.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who just wants to get better at finishing or is just beginning. Or, if you are like me and forget things all the time, it is a real nice reference to jog your memory from time to time. Plus he gives you tons of room in the back for notes, which I recommend for quick references to those common questions you have.
Like always, I recommend getting the book at its source, from The Wood Whisperer himself at http://www.twwstore.com/books/
The book is available in hardcover, E-book, or as a digital bundle. Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Also, check Marc out at his website: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/