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Marc Adams School of Woodworking Classes

2018 Wood Finishing and Restoration Classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking
DATE: June 23rd – 24th
The Perfect Topcoat with Tim Puro
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Many woodworkers clear coat their furniture to show off the wood’s natural beauty. However, your choice of clear coats and how they are applied can enhance or detract from your woodworking. In this two day class you will brush, spray and wipe on shellac, water base, lacquer, and oils to create clear coat samples that will help you choose the best clear finish for your woodworking project. The finish is the first thing people see, so you have to get it right. Spend the weekend with Tim and you will learn how to apply a topcoat that people want to touch!

Key Points:

  • How the choice of a clear finish can change the look of your furniture.
  • Wipe on, brush or spray. Which is the best?
  • Gloss, satin, matte or flat. Why gloss might be the best sheen for your project!
  • Importance of properly sanding the wood and how to sand between coats of finish
  • Film thickness – how much finish should you apply?
  • Finishing the finish using wax, polishing compounds, steel wool and synthetic pads.
  • Tips on repairing a clear coat finish

Online registration available now at https://marcadams.com/workshops/the-perfect-topcoat/
 

DATE: July 9th – 13th
Finishing Like a Pro with Tim Puro
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This five day class teaches the finishing system Tim uses in his small furniture repair and restoration shop using faster curing/faster drying finishes and materials. Professional finishing results don’t require a spray booth and a $1,000 spray gun. Tim creates professional looking finishes using simple tools such as brushes, rags and aerosol cans. The class will start with an overview of the vocabulary of a professional finisher by describing how dyes, stains, glazes, and toners work together to create rich colors. Tim will show ways to how to manipulate the faster drying finishes used in professional shops such as lacquer, shellac and water based finishes. Samples include the process for creating Stickley/Arts and Crafts finish, a warm brown walnut finish, white wash finishes, an antique mahogany finish, and how to create a uniform cherry finish often found in production cabinets and furniture. Students will create eleven sample boards that will be the start of a well-planned finishing sample library. In addition, students will learn a system for finishing exterior doors and Tim will demonstrate a few touch-up and spot repair techniques to help you address the inevitable dings, dents and scratches your furniture will suffer over time. By the end of the class, students will become more confident in their finishing ability by understanding the art and science that is wood finishing. Students who choose to bring a project will need to contact Tim before the start of the workshop.

Key Points:

  • How to properly sand and learning when to stop
  • Mastering a brush – learning how to brush shellac and water based finishes
  • Creating multi-step finishes to make your work stand out from other woodworkers
  • How to make quick, significant finish samples that will increase your success rate
  • Introduction to color matching
  • Learn to read the back of a stain, dye, or finish can
  • Using aerosol cans as a serious finishing tool.
  • Rubbing out the finish – creating finishes clients want to touch

Online registration available now at https://marcadams.com/workshops/finishing-like-pro/
 

DATE: September 15th – 16th
Making Common Woods Look Great with Tim Puro
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Highly figured woods need only a few coats of shellac to look spectacular. But, how do you finish rotary cut oak plywood or pine and make it look good? A skilled finisher can make common woods like poplar, birch plywood and even particle board look like more expensive woods. In this two day class, Tim will teach students the techniques professional finishers use to give rich color and depth to less interesting woods. Students will also learn how to make particle board look like real wood! The finishing skills taught in this class will make future projects look better, regardless what wood it is made of. This class is a must for those who want to improve their finishing of common woods or highly figured woods.

Key Points:

  • Make poplar and maple look like cherry
  • Finish birch plywood to look like walnut or mahogany
  • Use yellow, orange or green dye to “fix” multicolor woods like poplar
  • Glaze and tone wood to create depth
  • Finish plywood and solid wood of the same species to look more uniform

Online registration available now at https://marcadams.com/workshops/make-common-woods-look-great/