Finishing Class Syllabus

  1. Introduction:
    • Review the value of finishing wood – why bother?
    • Qualities that finishing brings to furniture
    • Choosing a finish
  2. Preparing surfaces for Finishes (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • Prepare surfaces for Sanding
      • Glue splotches
      • Dents/Holes/Gouges
      • Wood putty
    • Wax sticks
    • Sanding/Scraping/Smoothing (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
      • Sandpaper
        • Overview of Sandpaper
        • Minerals
        • Grits
        • Hand-sanding & Machine sanding
      • Scraping
        • What are they? How to use them
  3. Changing the texture of Wood (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • Pore filling
      • Overview
      • Types of pore filler
      • How to do it
  4. Changing the colour of wood (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • Introduction to dyes & stains
      • Pigment
      • Dyes
      • Wiping
      • Oil, water, varnish, lacquer based stains
      • Gel, NGR
      • Chemical Stains
      • Shading stains
    • End grain staining
    • Wash coats
    • Problems and How to Fix them
  5. Oil Finishes (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • Overview
    • How to apply
    • Problems and How to fix them
  6. Wax Finishes (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    •  Overview
    • How to apply
    • Problems and How to fix them
  7. Introduction to Film Finishes
    • What are they?
      • Types of film finishes
        •  Curing
          • Evaporative
          • Reactive
          • Coalescing
      • Solvents & Thinners
      • Compatibility
  8. Shellac (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • What is it
    • How to apply
    • Common problems
  9. Lacquer (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • What is it
    • How to apply
    • Common problems
  10. Varnish (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • What is it
    • How to apply
    • Common problems
  11. Water-based finishes (lecture, demo, hands on practice)
    • What is it
    • How to apply
    • Common problems
  12. Finishing The Finish (demo and hands on if time allows(
  13. Repairing Finishes (Lecture)
  14. Wrap Up/Clean up

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