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Online Class

Hand-Applied Finishing

$39.99

Achieve flawless finishes on all your woodworking projects. Learn to choose the right materials and apply them by hand using the most effective techniques.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alan Turner
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Elevate the quality of your projects as you learn wood finishing techniques alongside the founder of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, Alan Turner. In this class, you'll build the knowledge to select and apply shellacs, oil and varnish mixtures, gel varnishes and even waterborne finishes. Start by mastering surface preparation to set yourself up for success. Then, Alan will teach you easy, effective techniques for applying beautiful finishes by hand. Plus, find out how to remove any excess finish and ensure your projects have a clean, streak-free appearance. Build the skills to hand-finish every project flawlessly!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Surface Preparation
33:54
Meet your instructor, professional woodworking teacher Alan Turner, and learn how to properly prepare wood surfaces in advance of finishing. Learn how to sharpen and use a cabinet scraper to smooth surfaces, then pick up tips for sanding, including end-grain, as well as a technique for raising the grain.
2. Shellac
31:53
3. Sanding In an Oil/Varnish Mixture
18:32
4. Building a Finish With an Oil/Varnish Mixture
10:35
5. Gel Varnish
12:38
6. Waterborne Finishes
24:33
7. Rubbing Out Your Finish
09:29

Taught by

Alan Turner
Alan Turner
Alan Turner is a lifelong woodworker and the founder of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop — a nonprofit, full-service school, teaching everything from basic courses for beginners to advanced courses for highly experienced woodworkers. Along with teaching woodworking, Alan also enjoys taking on the occasional furniture commission.

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