Wood Stains & Finishes

  • Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO031819CFK
  • 4


  • $254 + $25 materials fee
  • $195 + $25 materials fee

To register and pay off-line, please call the registrar at (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

Be sure to "Join Waitlist" if this class fills (there is no cost to do so) and we will notify you if a seat opens up or this class gets offered again.

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. 
  • 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.)
Feedback from an earlier class:

"With her professional background, Carol provides you with information that takes you beyond the easy way out of Minwax products at the big box store to the world of waterborne finishes vs alcohol-based or petroleum-based products. You get to see and work with a variety of wood species and grain patterns using penetrating and topical finish products and — what was most exciting — dyes. Most importantly you get the instructions in what not to do as well as what works for you. This is a level of information and hands-on trial that every serious woodwork needs to experience."

— Jeff Williams, former BARN woodshop lead

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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