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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich


Every woodworker knows the joy and stress of putting on that first coat of finish on a project. A finish can bring out the beauty of a piece, but it can also highlight every flaw. Add to that the wide range of dyes, stains and finishing products on the market and the finishing process can get down right scary. In this class, you’ll learn how easy it is to get the silky smooth, low-luster finish that is the hallmark of handcrafted furniture using a simple wipe-on finish. But there’s more to it than following the instructions on the can. Mike Pekovich, art director of Fine Woodworking magazine, will show you a simple step-by-step process that will yield excellent results every time.

The class will cover everything you need to know from preparing the surface to building a finish to final waxing. You'll also learn a simple 30-minute finish that's perfect for small projects and last-minute gifts.

And in the event you need to add a little color to your work, Mike will offer tips for preventing blotching and a strategy for combining dyes and stains in order to dial in the perfect color. Tuition: $125.00 Materials are included.

coming again- Fall 2017

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Alternative Finishes and Surface Texturing with Kevin Rodel

Are you sick of “slathering” oil over everything? Are you tired of French Polishing? Bored with stains? Maybe you should be looking for a finish that is different, exciting and easy to achieve. This unique weekend class with well known furniture maker Kevin Rodel is just what you need. Kevin will explain and demonstrate bleaching, ebonizing, fuming, aniline dyes, the Ceruse finish and several chemical dying techniques. He will also demonstrate some surface texturing methods such as wire brushing and gouging and the effects achieved by using techniques in combination, such as; wire brushing with ebonizing or dyes, fuming and dyes, bleaching and gouging, even milk paint and gouging. Lots of possibilities, lots of fun and not too much noise! Sign up today and bring new possibilities to your furniture projects. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 072217A: Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23, 9:00am-5:00pm

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

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I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

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