By Bob Flexner. Wood Prep and the Look of a Finish By Bob Flexner. In the mid-1980s Flexner, although quite expert at the finishing techniques he had learned from experience, became more and more curious about finishes’ chemical nature. That thought was the beginning of his informative 1994 book Understanding Wood Finishing, which took six years to research and write. Understanding Wood Finishing. Absolutely the best book on finishing I have seen! Author: Bob Flexner 308 pages – Price: 19.95. Publisher: Readers Digest.
Please note: This is for the 1994 edition of the book. I recently got this book and have now read it cover to cover. This is a fantastic book. Bob Flexner’s widely popular book has been updated to include spray gun application of a variety of finishes, including common problems in applying them, the pros and cons of using two-part finishes, and many safety tips about chemicals, combinations, and proper procedures in wood finishing.