Wood Stains & Finishes

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022
  • Thursday, February 03, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, February 03, 2022, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO012522CFK
  • 0


  • $265 + $25 materials fee
  • $204 + $25 materials fee

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* This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

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.

You will be able to experiment with numerous products on a sample board to 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.

If you have a project that needs finishing, you are welcome to bring it or to share a picture of it during the class and to consult with the instructor on the best approach. (A later class will focus on refinishing — it is not the topic of this class.)


  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • This class is open to students who have taken Orientation to the Woodshop. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking CalendarPlease login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.

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.

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

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