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Flawless Finishing

with Robert Spiece
Flawless Finishing
Learn essential finishing techniques that bring out the texture and character of your wood in this FREE mini-class.

Never fear finishing again! Learn accessible techniques and troubleshooting tips from furniture maker and instructor Robert Spiece in this free mini-class. Find out how to pick the right finish based on the wood grain and desired outcome for your piece. Then, experiment with a variety of finishes to make the grain pop as you master wipe-on, brush-on and rottenstone hand-rub techniques. Robert will demonstrate how to prepare your wood for a smooth finish and share application methods for flawless results. You’ll even learn how to easily and efficiently work with curved and offset pieces. Plus, get important safety tips to protect you and your shop!

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Lesson 1. How To Use Your Free Mini-Class

  • Learn how to use your FREE mini-class!


Lesson 2. Material Selection & Surface Preparation

  • Meet your instructor, expert furniture maker Robert Spiece, as you learn about various lumber options and gain tips on how to choose the best wood for your project. You値l also learn how to gauge what the finished look and color will be, prepare your wood for finishing and sand your material utilizing Robert's professional tips.


Lesson 3. Wipe-On Finishes

  • Learn about the benefits of wipe-on finishes as Robert demonstrates what types are available, and how to apply each type. You値l work with curved and offset pieces with ease as you learn how to apply finishes evenly and efficiently. Robert shares important safety tips that will protect you and your shop before demonstrating how to sand your work and apply multiple coats with an expert eye.


Lesson 4. Brush-On Finishes

  • In this lesson, you'll experiment with different types of brushes and finishes. You値l learn how to save time and money with brush-on options, compare the pros and cons of different finishes and follow close-up demonstrations for applying and sanding your work.


Lesson 5. Hand-Rubbed Finishes

  • Explore various hand-rubbed finishes, which are a great option for flat projects. You値l learn new sanding techniques before Robert demonstrates how to use steel wool, the rub-on finish of your choice and some old-fashioned elbow grease to create a gorgeous finished project. You値l love bringing out the character and texture of your finished wood pieces as you apply the techniques shown in this class to any project!

"I have finished many pieces of furniture over the years by just following the directions on the can. Robert not only tells you how to do a task but why it's done that way. Great class..."
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