Intro to Finishing Skills & Techniques

learn furniture finishingYou will learn all aspects of furniture finishing, from hand-applied coatings to professional spray lacquers. By the end of the course, each participant will be familiar with the finishing skills & techniques such as how to fill grain; color with dyes and pigments; put on hand-applied varnish, shellac, and oil finishes; and apply spray finishes.

Through lecture and demonstration everything from wood preparation to rubbing out will be covered. This includes selecting the proper abrasives, sanders, and fillers; layering of colorants;  glazing, and brushing;  and, of course, techniques for rubbing the final finish to perfection. Work is done on practice panels  provided by the school. Students are encouraged to bring special pieces of their own wood on which to experiment with colors and finishes.

In the spray booth, we will cover selection and use of equipment, safety issues, proper cleanup procedures, and correct spraying techniques. Participants use both water-based and solvent-based products, as well as colored (pigmented) finishes. Students who have spray equipment at home are welcome to bring it in for evaluation and practice.

This is fast paced condensed class – breadth not depth.

Open to all Students, required for Furniture Makers Program.

Books required:  Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner

Tools required:  Mask/respirator for vapors

Cost:  $165

Materials Fee: $30

Dates (Click to register):

November 19th, 2016 8:30 am – 5pm

January 7th, 2017 8:30 – 5pm

March 4th, 2017 8:30 – 5pm