covers planing, scraping and sanding, showing what to look for in a surface and how to avoid tear-out with the plane. Throughout the tape, Klausz emphasizes these steps, crucial in achieving a beautiful finish. Noticeably absent from this discussion is machine sanding.

Stripping an old finish is examined in the next section, with emphasis on safety in working with potentially dangerous chemicals. Klausz demonstrates how to remove finish in various situations, from flat panels to carvings and turnings.

In the section on staining, Klausz illustrates the three basic types of stains: oil, alcohol and water. He goes on to explain the differences in appearance and application of each. This is an area in which I've had mixed results, and many of my questions remained after this overview.

The rest of the tape covers four different types of finishes: oil. varnish, lacquer and French polishing. With each type, he demonstrates a different technique such as wiping, spraying. brushing and rubbing.

Klausz has really bitten off a lot in trying to cover all types of finishing in one tape, and even at close to two hours you sometimes feel as if he has just scratched the surface. His delivery and organization are very clear and easy to follow. In fact, one of my few complaints is that he makes finishing look too easy.

Klausz is at his best explaining how to apply a particular finish and does not cover as well when to use one finish instead of another or whv

to incorporate a particular method. Of course, the beauty of a video tape is that vou can actuallv see tech-

* r niqucs demonstrated. Overall, Klausz is a very able teacher, knows his subject well and seems at home in front of the camera. This tape is a fine introduction to the subject of wood finishing.

Ben Erickson

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