2016 Season at Marc Adams School of Woodworking – archive

Marc Adams School of Woodworking Classes

2016 Wood Finishing and Restoration Classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Tim Puro and Pete Brockman will be teaching and assisting in finishing and furniture repair and restoration classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in 2016. The Marc Adams School www.marcadams.com is the largest woodworking school in North America and it is located just an hour north of Bloomington in Franklin Indiana. Check out these finishing classes for woodworkers and aspiring furniture refinishers.
 

DATE: April 16 – 17
TAKING CONTROL OF COLOR: THE NEXT LEVEL OF FINISHING WITH MITCH KOHANEK

Learn how to create the color you are looking for by understanding how color works. This class will teach you the artistic side of using coloring agents to enhance any project using any kind of wood. This will require the understanding and utilization of the “Color Wheel”. For two days Mitch will work with you on how to mix colors together artistically using dyes and pigments (stains). Students will also apply colors on top of colors, change the color of glazes, and change the color of any existing coating (toners). All of this leads to predicting and obtaining the exact color you want. Other issues that Mitch will discuss include understanding color terminology and how to work with primary colors in your dyes, stains, glazes and toners. This incredible knowledge will separate you from most other woodworkers, especially those who are making the same projects you are.

Key Points:

  • Take the fear out of coloring wood
  • Mix colors together to create your color
  • Experience putting a color on top of a color
  • Choose between dyes and stains
  • Correct colors already applied (without stripping or sanding)
  • Understand the impact of toners and glazes
  • You designed the woodwork – now design the color

 

DATE: April 18 – 22
HANDS-ON FINISHING WITH MITCH KOHANEK
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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, 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

 

DATE: April 30 (Sat)
BASIC FINISHING WITH TIM PURO
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This one day class is perfect for those new to woodworking or for the woodworker who builds the project and then wonders “Now what do I do?” The class will focus on learning the language of finishing and the skills that every finisher needs to know, such as how to choose the appropriate finish for your project, using different methods of coloring wood, and learning how to design a finish. At the end of the class students will have four finish sample boards that will give them a better understanding how finishing works. While this course won’t make you a finishing guru, it hopefully will make finishing more fun and help you get more out of the finishing books and videos that are on the market. So if you are ready to move beyond simple wipe on finishing, this course will help you take the next step in the finishing process.

Key Points:

  • Proper surface prep can I sand too much or too little
  • Matching the proper brush to a finish (We’ll give you one brush to take home to get you started.)
  • Dyes or stains which one should I use
  • Shellac, lacquer, oil varnish, poly, water base how do I choose
  • Tim’s rules for a perfect finish
  • How much finish is enough

 

DATE: May 31 – June 4 (Tues to Sat)
FURNITURE RESTORATION, REPAIR AND REFINISHING WITH TIM PURO
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This workshop teaches the skills and techniques used by furniture restorers to make old furniture beautiful again. This class is a great opportunity for woodworkers who want to refinish their own furniture but don’t know where to start. Tim will help each student develop a restoration plan for the small piece of furniture they bring to class and then guide the students through the steps of removing the finish if necessary, performing repairs and ultimately applying a new finish to their furniture. Tim will include demonstrations on spot repair and touch up, how to disassemble and re-glue a chair and how to repair veneer. This class is always fun because of the variety of furniture projects students bring to the class. You’ll learn a lot just watching other students work on their furniture! At the end of the week, your project will be completely restored or you will be well on the way to having your furniture completed. If you want to learn the craft of furniture restoration, this class is for you. Note: The class is not limited to finishing old furniture. If you don’t have antiques to restore, bring some of your unfinished woodworking projects instead!

Key points:

  • Ethical repairs for antiques
  • Determine the age of your furniture
  • Restoring and reviving old finishes
  • Using hot hide glue – the 19th century super glue
  • Best finishes for antique restoration
  • Understanding furniture restoration and repair as a business

 

DATE: July 11 – 15
UPHOLSTERY: FROM WEBBING TO SPRINGS TO SHOW COVERS WITH MIKE MASCELLI
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Students will learn the history of upholstery as well as the fundamental tools, techniques and materials needed for the completion of their own full-size upholstery project which they bring to class. Students will have to submit photos of their proposed pieces prior to class to insure that they are appropriate for the one week format, and that needed prep work can be done prior to class. There is no pre-requisite, and students can expect to learn all of the steps required to complete their piece. Most students will be able to complete their entire piece during class.

Mike will set up a complete upholstery shop with workstations, air staplers, a cutting table, glue-up area and provide a review of basic upholstery techniques. Sewing machine operation will NOT be part of the instruction; however pieces which need small amounts of machine sewing work will be sewn by Mike as needed. After measuring and designing a treatment for their project, students will spend most of the week in an open shop format, with a full class wrap-up session at the end of each day. All under-upholstery materials will be included in the materials fee; however students must provide their own show cover fabric.

Pieces of any style, including original designs are acceptable, but all must have a sound frame, and show wood surfaces that are finished. Small to medium sized arm chairs with tight seats and backs are ideal. Chairs with “loose” cushions, such as small wing chairs are possible, but may not be able to be fully completed.

Key Points:

  • Learn the history and language of the upholstery trade
  • Learn how to design an upholstery treatment and measure a piece to be upholstered
  • Install proper webbing and hand tie the springs, or install zig-zag springs
  • Create a professional upholstery foundation
  • Install the show cover and trimming to complete your piece
  • Learn how to blind stitch and hand-close seams

 

DATE: July 23 – 24
FINE FINISHING WITH COMMON HARDWARE STORE MATERIALS WITH TIM PURO
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Does fine finishing require exotic materials and expensive spray equipment? Absolutely not! If you understand the properties of these hardware store materials, you can finish like a professional: Zinnser seal coat universal sanding sealer, aerosol gloss spray lacquers, Minwax golden oak and Minwax Puritan pine stains, Old Masters heavy-bodied cedar and dark walnut stains, Old Masters grain filler natural, and Red Devil lye and roofing tar. Over a period of two days, Tim will help you master these conventional (and unconventional) finishing materials to produce professional looking finishes for cherry, walnut, mahogany, and even birch plywood. While the material list is short, Tim will show you how to skillfully use these products to create multi-step, professional looking finishes. Students will spend the majority of their time in the finishing shop, applying stains and dyes to sample boards to create finishes that are rich and deep looking. At the end of the weekend, students will leave with sample finishes for birch, cherry, walnut and pine that look fabulous, and even more importantly, they will acquire the skills to participate in the finishing process, not just observe the results. As for the roofing tar and lye secret, you will have to sign up for the class to learn what that is all about!

Key Points:

  • A system to experiment with finishes
  • How to mix your own stains to get the colors you want
  • Applying shellac with a golden taklon brush. (You get to keep the brush!)
  • How to get spray gun results from an aerosol can
  • Why yellow dye is a finisher’s best friend

 

DATE: July 30 – 31
SHELLAC: THE FORGOTTEN FINISH WITH MITCH KOHANEK
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This could be the best finishing class of the entire year: shellac, the most attractive, safe and versatile finishing system for the majority of your finishing needs. Other than a heavily used table top or in high humidity areas, shellac has no equal. Think about this basic finishing question: What do you want your project to look like, and exactly what kind of protection does your project really need? Sometimes beauty can and should outweigh protection. No other coating can give you the unmistakable look that shellac offers or the versatility of the many ways it can be incorporated into your finishing system. In addition, it is the safest hypoallergenic coating you can use, and if you use the correct denatured alcohol, it the most “green” coating you can find today. Do you want your project to escape time? No coating can match shellac in aged beauty or stability and longevity. Have you ever had to repair a damaged coating? Shellac is totally repairable. Students will use shellac straight from the hardware store as well as make their own shellac from scratch. You will learn to rag it on with a French polish, brush and/or spray it. We will change its color and even make shellac paint. Master finishers all agree, once you learn how to deal with the idiosyncrasies of this forgotten finish, it will change the way you view the finishing of wood.

Key Points:

  • Choosing the right shellac for your project
  • Learning a quick and easy way to mix shellac
  • Choosing the right brush or spraying equipment
  • Learning various French polishing methods
  • Making shellac paint to create dramatic effects
  • Changing the color of shellac with dyes and pigments
  • Manipulating shellac to create new looks

 

DATE: August 29 – September 2
PROFESSIONAL FINISHING RESULTS: FROM DECORATIVE TO ELEGANT WITH GREG JOHNSON
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In this intensive, one week class, you will learn what it takes to get truly professional results with your wood finishing projects. Greg teaches how he produces these finishes on a daily basis and shares his many tried-and-true techniques. Greg will explain the processes of coloring and finishing wood to produce stunning finishes or match an existing finish. He will start the week with a thorough understanding of what works and what doesn’t with many different materials and wood finishing schedules. Starting with prepping raw wood samples, you will proceed with step-by-step processes while keeping a detailed record of each step. Using stains, bleaches, pore fillers, glazes, paints, and clear top coats, you will produce samples that cover a full range of techniques. Solvent and water-based products will be used with solvent base as the predominant material. Spraying techniques and spray gun maintenance will be emphasized, as well as touch up and finish repair. Safe handling procedures, protective gear, and safe working habits are priorities throughout the workshop. By the end of the week, you will have a collection of samples that will become an invaluable reference tool in your own shop. Greg is one of most respected custom finishers in America and is known for his innovative and pioneering work.

Key Points:

  • Six steps for a perfect finish
  • Learn how to customize a wood finishing system for you
  • The process of coloring the wood
  • Bleaching, glazes and top coats
  • Safely handing chemicals
  • Tricks for coloring wood
  • Pre-conditioners, sealers
  • Dealing with open, semi-open and closed pores
  • Finishing the finish

 

DATE: September 17 – 18
FIXING WOODWORKING MISTAKES WITH TIM PURO
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Experienced woodworkers learn how to hide their mistakes. But you don’t have to be an old pro to learn the secrets of repairing gapping joints, fixing glue splotches under stain, or filling a hole made by a 1“ screw driven into ” stock. All you have to do is learn the touch up and repair techniques of a furniture restorer. In his two day class, Tim will share the antique repair skills which are easily transferrable to fixing woodworking mistakes in new furniture. He will demonstrate filling dings, chips, saw kerfs, loose knots and dents in wood and making them almost unnoticeable. Reserve your spot in Tim’s class and you too can master the techniques of hiding your woodworking mistakes!

Key Points:

  • Learn proper surface prep, or “When should I stop sanding?”
  • Fixing glue splotches that appear during finishing
  • Making loose mortise and tenon joints tight without starting over
  • Changing a stain color after it has already been applied
  • Making plywood and hardwoods match in color
  • Getting a wood filler to take stain
  • Using a thin brush, artist’s pigments, and an aerosol can of lacquer to hide a multitude of problems
  • Learn the best way to avoid milling and sanding errors
  • Fix staining and finishing problems

 

DATE: October 15 – 16
IDENTIFYING, CONSERVING AND RESTORING FINISHES WITH MITCH KOHANEK
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A lot of old furniture can be beautifully restored without having to completely strip and refinish. This concept is generally thought for valuable antiques but certainly not limited to those objects alone. The intention of restoring/conserving a wooden object is to maximize the beauty (patina) and function of that object, while minimizing any type of material removal from that object. In regards to the coating on the wood, sometimes a minimal amount of effort using the proper cleaning solutions will allow an acceptable outcome. Solvent testing is necessary to discover what the contamination is on the top surface and also what protective coating is on the object. This information opens the door to what options you have for the possibility of recoating the object. Mitch will discuss how “fissures” (the cracking of a finish) plays a role in maintaining the integrity and originality of the piece. French Polishing will also be covered as a way to “refurbish” the object once the proper cleaning has been performed. Some structural repairs will also be discussed.

Key Points:

  • Learn to refurbish rather than refinish wooden objects
  • Discover how to maintain the “patina” and integrity of the object
  • Learn some “spot repair” techniques for smaller defects
  • How to repair small missing pieces of veneer
  • How to deal with black and white water rings
  • Learn how to French Polish on top of an existing coating