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Finishing 101 with Alan Noel

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Finishing 101 with Alan Noel

Class Details
  • 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Class Size: 6-10
  • Demonstration Class
  • We provide all tools and materials. Bring note-taking materials and any questions you have.
  • Class includes a lunch break. You can bring your lunch or eat at one of the restaurants in the area.
  • This class takes place at our store in Atlanta.
Class Description

Choosing and applying a finish can be a bewildering task, starting with the dizzying array of product choices and ending at times in disappointment once they are applied. For many woodworkers, the joy of designing and building their own furniture grinds to a halt when the time comes to apply a finish, as they fear their creation will be sullied with a lousy finish job.

In this class, Alan Noel, a master furniture refinisher and restorer, will be your guide to unraveling the mystery of furniture finishing. Alan will illuminate the criteria for selecting the right finish for a project, so that the finish imparts a level of protection while having a look and feel appropriate to the piece. You'll learn the how's and why's of top coats, what's compatible, what's not, and the pros and cons of spray finishing, versus brushing or wiping. Your eye for color will be honed as you learn the nuances of staining and dyeing, how to use coloring agents in combination and the secret to color matching. By the end of the class, you'll know the proper sequencing of finishing steps to get predictable and reliable results.

Alan will share tips for getting smooth and even finishes, as well as tips on how to reverse when an application goes wrong. So come ready with a notepad and pen or pencil to soak up the finishing knowledge. With your class notes, and a little practice, your finishes will accentuate and highlight the beauty of your woodworking projects.

Alan’s recommended class sequence: Finishing 101, Finishing the Finish, French Polish Workshop, Coloring Wood. Taking classes in sequence is not required. Recommended Reading - Off the Shelf Finishing by Alan Noel


Highland Woodworking reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any class for any reason. In the unlikely event that a class has to be canceled full refunds will be issued to all registered students. In the unlikely event that a class has to be rescheduled, registered students will be given the option to take the class on the new date or receive a full refund.

Students withdrawing from a class must notify Highland Woodworking 14 or more days prior to the beginning of the class to receive full credit or refund. No refund or credit will be issued with less than a 14 day notice.

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