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Finishing Basics

September, 11 - September, 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Finishing Basics

Varnish, oil, lacquer, or stain? There are many different ways to finish your woodworking projects, and choosing the right materials and methods is critical to making every piece look beautiful and last for as long as possible. Many a woodworker has labored over a project, only to botch the finish at the end. But finishing really isn’t alchemy and learning the basics will help you enhance and protect your woodworking properly.

Join us as master finisher Jim Altman demystifies the process and leads us through the fundamentals of finishing. You will learn how to:

  • choose the most appropriate finishing materials for any given project
  • make the best use of grain patterns
  • prepare the surface
  • seal the surface
  • apply your chosen finish
  • work with stains
  • finish your finish

Remember: your project isn’t complete until it’s finished.

Schedule: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday-Sunday

Prerequisite: None. Open to all skill levels.

Tools required: All tools and materials supplied by the school.

Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask.

The finishing kit for this course is supplied, and consists of:

  • two 1″ chip brushes
  • one 2″ chip brush
  • one 2-1/2″ good quality china bristle brush
  • one 2″ good quality synthetic brush good for water base

Class size: Maximum 8.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understand these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Meet Your Instructor

Jim Altman is a furniture conservator, master finisher and restorer. He operated his Phoenix-based conservation and restoration business for over 30 years, and is expert in multiple woodworking and finishing techniques. Jim currently takes on high end special commissions, many or which are built at the school.


September 11, 2020@9:00 am
September 13, 2020@5:00 pm
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