Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek (April)

Dates: 4/27 - 5/1

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 where you are 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, and brush on finishes as well as spraying equipment. We will also discuss how to adjust the sheen using rub out techniques, and how to maintain your coating. You will learn how to solve common problems and fix finishing defects such as blotching, orange peel, brush marks, and fish eye and how 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
  • Customize a wood finishing system for you
  • Understand wood as a material
  • The cabinet scraper and proper wood preparation
  • Techniques for coloring wood
  • Pre-conditioners, sealers and grain pore fillers
  • Deal with open, semi-open and closed pored woods
  • Rub out and finish 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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Public Registration begins December 1, 2014. Please check back then to register online.

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