TWW finishing book & DVD

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Review by Sodabowski posted 06-09-2011 01:12 PM 3791 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just received my copy of Marc Spagnuolo’s first book, along with the “Best Of 2009” Guild videos DVD.

As I can’t afford a subscription to the WW Guild, this was a good option for me to support him a little, plus I like tech/art books, and this is one of those: finishing is both a bit technical and absolutely has something to do with art.

So for a quick review: if you’re used to Mark’s videos, you’ll be into well-known territory, the book reads as you would watch a video (and of course that applies to the DVD too). As he states it, it’s not a cooking recipes book, but rather a DOs/DONTs on the most frequent mistakes we can do as amateur or beginner woodworkers.

I actually learned several very useful things from the book, and I would absolutely recommend it to an absolute novice woodworker (which I am not). It reads very easily (even for a non-american reader, which I am) and the videos on the DVD are what can be expected from a TWW video: way good.

Why only four stars then? Well, because there are a few cosmetic things that can be improved, and because I want to be honest: the book is good but several things can be enhanced form-wise, among which:

- quoting of an online resource without a footnote: quite disturbing to me, but maybe is it my scientific background and what I’m used to that makes me feel uncomfy when reading a printed video name without the actual URL being written on the footnotes of the very same page, as if it were a mere print of a website page.

- scattering of note blocks across both sides of the pages: hopefully it happened only once (page 10), but it absolutely dazzles the eyes to get shadowed blocks all over around the text.

- 300 lpi printing at the era of 2400+ lpi? dude, seriously, this looks like an old 90s book. Kick your editor in the butt for me, it’s a shame to produce a book on finishing with such gruesome printing and visible grayscale dots.

Anyway, contents-wise this is definately a winner, and I would recommend it or send it as a gift without any hesitation.

So keep the good work up Mark, and hey wait, where’s my autograph? èé

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 01:47 PM

Great review Thomas. I like your straight forward analysis and opinion. I’ll give it a look.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 02:06 PM

I received mine last week, and so far so great, to be honest I haven’t gotten to the book yet, too many things in my reading list.

the only thing is that disc 2 of the dvd thing, I was trying to see the William Ng thing and the player gets hung up.

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 02:14 PM

I just wish I had this book last summer. Would have saved a lot of heartache.

-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 02:45 PM

Still eagerly awaiting for my copy to arrive. :-)

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 03:13 PM

I am about half-way through the book. As mentioned above, good for novices, which I am.

Was it worth the $25. Absolutely.

Anytime I can learn stuff that will better prepare me to do those that I want to do ….. and will be doing, then $25 is really very little compared to the end product…..........particularly if you screw it up out of ignorance.

I admit to liking Marc’s style…................. so that makes a difference also.

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 06:16 PM

Received my book, also. Being a novice when it comes to proper finishing techniques, I find the book very informative. As for the DVD….........keeps freezing up my player, and no, it’s not my player having the problem, every other dvd plays fine.

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 01:22 PM

I listen to his video casts at work, curious, is the book just a rehash of all of those video casts or is there something in the books that I would be missing?

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#8 posted 06-10-2011 01:47 PM

A bit of each worlds in fact.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 06-10-2011 10:03 PM

I’ve liked Marc’s videos as I’ve started with my woodworking addiction so I will have to check it out as well.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#10 posted 06-11-2011 05:02 AM

Got mine the other day, Personally signed with a special note to boot! Thanks mark! if you’re reading this. I haven’t had a chance to really get into it yet but just supporting your great work with the community is worth every penny.

-- LAS,

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#11 posted 06-18-2011 11:42 AM

Sweet another book for the library. I like watching him and the fact that he takes time to e mail you back with answers go a long way in showing what kind of persone he is! I’m hopomg to meet him and the woodworking show in vegas next month!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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