Wood Stains & Finishes

  • Monday, August 06, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, August 06, 2018, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO080618CFK
  • 4


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

If you prefer to register and pay off-line, please call (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

To change or cancel your registration, please call (206) 842-4475 or email info@BainbridgeBARN.org at least four (4) days prior to the class/event start date in order to receive a refund.

Did you ever wonder how to get a really professional-looking finish on your woodworking project? In this hands-on class, you will learn about different types of wood stains and clear finishes and get a chance to experiment with them on a sample board that you can take home and use for future reference.

The class is four sessions to allow drying time as you go through all of the steps, from preparing the surface to applying stain and finish, to rubbing out the finish. You will learn how to prepare the surface to help ensure an excellent finish, which stains and finishes work best on different types of solid wood and plywood, and which tools and techniques to use when applying stains and finishes by hand (ie, without spraying). You will also learn which products are compatible with one another — and which ones aren't.


  • Open to beginners but also suitable for experienced woodworkers. 
  • In addition to the class fee, there is a $25 materials fee, which will be collected when you register.
  • If you have a project that needs finishing, you are welcome to bring it or a picture of it to the class and consult with the instructor on the best approach. (A later class will focus on refinishing — it is not the topic of this class.)

Instructor: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN.

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