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Introduction to Finishing


June 15th-16th, 2024 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

This 2 day course is all about wood finish. We will walk you through the types of finish available, their strengths and weaknesses and how to apply them properly.

  • Materials are included

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Furniture Type

Finish, Shop Furniture

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Time Frame


Name: Introduction to Finishing
Instructor: Kathryn Sullivan
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites: None

Format: 2 Day In-Person Course

Date: June 15th-16th, 2024


Class Description:

What is wood finish and why do we need it? More importantly… How do we do it? In this 2 day class you will learn all about wood finishing and how to properly apply 4-5 types of wood finish. We will dive into the basic science of wood finish, learn about different types of finishes and what their pros/cons are. We will discuss applicators and practice using the finishes on a fun sample board for you to take home. You will walk away with a wood finish sample board and the confidence to choose a finish and apply it properly to your next furniture project. This class will cover basics of why we use surface coatings on wood at all and discuss safety and semantics in a world of pre-made finishes. It will however, not claim that this is the ‘best’ finish but will help you decide own what is ‘best’ for you and your project. This class is appropriate for all skill levels.


Topics and skills covered will include:

  • Why do we finish?
  • The science of wood finishing
  • What is dry vs cured?
  • Applicators
  • How to apply?
  • Wood Finish comparison
  • Types of Wood Finish
    • Paints
    • Waxes
    • Oils
    • Lacquers
    • Polys and Verathanes
    • Shellac



  • Saturday and Sunday  – 9am to 5pm
  • 1 hour for Lunch


What to Bring:

  • Respirator Mask
  • Paper and Pencil


Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

In stock

Register now and earn 415 Points!

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