A Special Day of Classes
May 18, 2023
Mt. Diablo Adult Education
Pleasant Hill Education Center
One Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Ron’s focus for this class is:
For you to leave with the knowledge
to produce superior finishes.
Wood Finishing is a learnable Art! Procedures haven’t really changed for over 200 years, however, many important techniques have been forgotten or lost by modern haste to deliver on unreasonable deadlines.
A well-crafted piece can be diminished or spoiled
by a poorly planned, wrong, or inadequate finish.
Applying a finish to the completed project is something that creates many questions. The answer will achieve an appropriate, great-looking finish.
Ron believes that the finish is your calling card and, more important than fancy joinery. A durable finish will generate repeat orders and a desire for additional work.
We will be looking at proper lighting and how to use it, color theory and how to match an existing finish, understanding the substrate, the importance of surface preparation, and how to select an appropriate finish.
We will discuss finishing with oils, waxes, varnishes, shellac, urethanes, and more.
This seminar will demystify wood finishing and give you an understanding of the things that really matter.
You will leave with the confidence to proceed in developing a beautiful, durable, and long-lasting finish.
This class is suitable for the novice
and experienced finisher
Morning Session -- 9 am-Noon
The Anatomy of a Finish
• Color Theory for the Woodworker / Finisher
• Developing a finish to match
an existing color and finish
• Leave with your own finish schedule
& procedure to assure a repeatable result
Afternoon Session -- 1-5 pm
10 Requirements to obtain
a Lasting, Durable, Beautiful Finish
1 - Proper Lighting for Finishing
2 - See what you are looking at
3 - Finishing Environment conditions
4 - Understanding the wood substrate
5 - Surface Preparation
Continued in the evening session
Dinner Break 5 - 6
Evening Session -- 6-9 pm
Continued from the afternoon:
Requirements to obtain a Lasting,
Durable, Beautiful Finish
6 - Selecting the appropriate finish
7 - Finishing environment controls
8 - The proper tools for the task
9 - Use of materials, tools, and Craftsmanship
10 - Finish Cure, Rubbing Out,
Polishing, Waxing, and
PDS / manufacturer’s instructions