Never fear wood 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 woodgrain 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!
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’ll 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.
Learn about the benefits of wipe-on finishes as Robert demonstrates what types are available, and how to apply each type. You’ll 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.
Master the paring knife as you learn to easily core a jalapeño, tomato or cauliflower and zest an orange then learn how to cut down butternut squash and pineapple as you tackle a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
In this lesson, you’ll experiment with different types of brushes and finishes. You’ll 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.
Explore various hand-rubbed finishes, which are a great option for flat projects. You’ll 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’ll love bringing out the character and texture of your finished wood pieces as you apply the techniques shown in this class to any project!