Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Hands-on Finishing With Mitch Kohanek (July)

Dates: 7/28 - 8/1
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $750
Materials: $65
Deposit: $300

Masters Turning

This is a five-day, hands-on finishing class, designed to help you understand what finishing schedule is best for you. Your goal is to learn what it takes to create that beautiful finish you've been looking for on your projects. A variety of finishing systems will be introduced, so no matter what level you are at with your finishing, Mitch has something for you. Everyone will have the opportunity to apply finishing systems of their choice to their assigned lab projects and you are encouraged to bring small projects to finish. A majority of this class will be in the finish shop and not in the classroom. However you will have enough classroom knowledge so that you can participate in the results. Mitch shows applications for using dyes, stains, dye stains, toners, and glazing techniques. He will also teach you the basics of color matching. . You will learn to use hand rub finishes such as a shellac French polish and oils, brush on finishes and the use of spraying equipment. Also included will be to learn how to adjust the sheen using rub out techniques, and how to maintenance your coating. Problem solving and fixing finishing defects such as blotching, orange peel, brush marks, and fish eye are covered along with the way to achieve the ultimate finish. Anyone who works with wood and enjoys its beauty will benefit from this class.

Key Points:

Six steps for a perfect finish
Learn how to customize a wood finishing system for you
Understanding wood as a material
The cabinet scraper and proper wood preparation
Techniques for coloring wood
Pre-conditioners, sealers and grain pore fillers
Dealing with open, semi-open and closed pored woods
Rubbing out the finish and finishing the finish

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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