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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

Finishing - Start to Finish- with Greg Massicotte

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Most woodworkers shy away from finishing or are disappointed in their attempts at finishing the projects they have spent so much time and effort in making. Greg Massicotte has been finishing furniture professionally for over twenty years and has taught countless seminars and classes. Students will learn about bleaching and wood preparation, how to use aniline dyes, pigmented stains and glazes in combination to create the dramatic effects and colors they want. The many different choices for top coats always create a lot of questions. This class will expose students to brushing on varnishes, wiping on oils and spraying lacquers. This experience will help clarify the strengths and weaknesses of each topcoat system. Rubbing out the finish and French Polishing will round out the class. With the huge number of finishing questions that come up daily, you should be sure to fit this valuable class in. Tuition $295.00 (plus materials: $40.00)

Section 101716B: Monday evenings, October 17—November 21, 6:00pm—9:00pm

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Basic "Brown and Shiny" with Mike Mascelli

This class specifically designed for furniture makers who are frustrated finishers. We will cover the most common wood coloring and finishing tasks, using readily available “off the shelf” materials and equipment. Scope will include finishing new and antique wood, using brush, pad, and aerosol techniques. We will not cover the use of spray equipment.

Topics will include:

  • How surface preparation affects the look
  • The basic chemistry of dyes and pigments
  • The irreplaceable organics: Shellac, asphaltum and linseed oil
  • A primer on lacquer, poly, and waterbase finishes
  • Getting a professional look with glazing, toning and shading
  • Matching an existing finish
  • Simple spot repair techniques – Faux finishing
  • How to figure out what is in the can
  • Rubbing out a finish

Students will do hands on activities to create a number of well-known finishes including Pumpkin Pine, Aged Oak, Perfect Cherry, and Classic Mahogany, on various woods, as well as techniques for “popping the grain” adding shadow lines, rubbing out, and creating custom appearances. Students are encouraged to bring small projects, or samples of their choice. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials Sign up today- Space is limited.  MIke Mascelli_HeadShot_web

Section 100816B: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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