CONTENTS and some sample pages:

1. THE ALLURE OF THE OIL FINISHED STOCK

2. MYTHS, LEGENDS AND REAL SECRETS

- debunks the so called trade secrets and shows how linseed oil works and how to exploit its natural properties

MYTHS, LEGENDS AND REAL SECRETS

3. WOOD- THE STARTING POINT

- assess the wood before starting, avoid pitfalls like veneers and risking the value of antiques. Explains the difference in finishing new wood and refinishing old stocks

WOOD- THE STARTING POINT

4. TOOLS AND MATERIALS

- what is really needed to get outstanding results

5. THE NEW STOCK

- tackling a new totally unfinished stock

THE NEW STOCK

6. STRIPPING, CLEANING, DENT RAISING

- see how to strip, how to raise dents using simple tools

STRIPPING, CLEANING, DENT RAISING

7. SEALING

- using modern varnish to build a deep moisture barrier in the wood

SEALING

8. COLORING

- simple home made, non toxic, coloring agents

COLORING

9. EGG WHITE- THE ORGANIC OLD TIME FILLER

- the traditional wood filler, used by the great masters of painting and furniture makers of the past to fill the pores in wood

EGG WHITE- THE ORGANIC OLD TIME FILLER

10. POLISHING IS VITAL

- the foundation of wood finishing shown in detail

POLISHING IS VITAL

11. APPLYING LINSEED OIL

- how to apply the oil is important, and here you see the true hand rubbed way

APPLYING LINSEED OIL

12. THE FINAL BUFFING

- make your own buffing compound to give your stocks a brilliant surface

THE FINAL BUFFING

13. WAXING WITH NATURAL BEESWAX

- make your own wax paste to protect and enhance wood surfaces

14. UPGRADING THE FACTORY FINISH

- a simple and fast way to upgrade the factory matt fiish to a full linseed oil fiish

15. RENOVATING AN OLD FINISH

- an old and tired stock can be revived to almost new brilliance

RENOVATING AN OLD FINISH

16. THE PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH

- step by step photo presentation starting from bare wood to a fully finished hand rubbed stock

THE PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH