Finishing is the final step in any project. For some furniture makers sadly it’s their last chance to screw things up. Finishing takes knowledge and information but anyone can learn how to put on a great looking finish. It’s only chemistry plus alchemy and some careful attention.
Here is your opportunity to learn about all those mystifying cans of finish on your shelf. Forget spray booths, dust-free shops, and hard to apply finishes. Learn about simple hand applied finishes that will give you easy application and repair qualities while supplying a protective barrier on your furniture. We start by studying wood selection, surface preparation, sanding and sanding tools, and planes and planing as a surface preparatory process. You will learn how to sharpen and use that miracle of the shop, the scraper. We will prepare several boards for finish samples that you will have as the start of your library of finishes for your shop.
Learn also about preparing your shop for finishing and the tools you’ll need for hand applied work. Discover the value of raising the grain, and get tricks for fixing dings, dents, nicks, scratches, and tear-out before or after applying your finish. We’ll also do a bit of exploring colors and stains, resist coats, washes, pigment and dye stains before we apply a finish. We’ll dip our gloved fingers a bit into chemical stains such as ebonizing, bleaching, and fuming.
We’ll start with the simplest finish to apply: oil. Learn about drying and non-drying oils, how to apply for maximum penetration, and rubbing out. Then we’ll naturally progress into finishes with more body to them that also use oil: varnishes. There are oil/ varnish mixtures, wiping oils, tung oils, wiping varnishes, an array of products for us to learn. Finally discover the miracle finish: shellac. All natural and edible, shellac offers good protection, quick drying, and excellent rubbing out qualities.
The final and most important step in finishing is rubbing out the finish. You’ll learn how to rub out a finish both between coats and after curing for a final great surface. Come to this workshop and you will leave with a wealth of practical knowledge for use on any of your projects. If you build furniture, you'll want to attend this hands on workshop. It will be packed with great finishing information that you can use on all your work. Don’t miss out on this often requested hands on class.