Finishing From A to Z

Teri Masaschi
August 15-26

Participants learn all aspects of finishing, from hand-applied coatings to professional spray lacquers. By the end of the course, each participant knows how to fill grain; color with dyes and pigments; put on hand-applied varnish, shellac, and oil finishes; and apply spray finishes.

Through lecture and demonstration, Teri explains everything from wood preparation to rubbing out. This includes selecting the proper abrasives, sanders, and fillers; layering of colorants; bleaching, glazing, and brushing; French polishing; and, of course, techniques for rubbing the final finish to perfection. Work is done on practice panels and cabinet door samples provided by the school. Students are encouraged to bring special pieces of their own wood on which to experiment with colors and finishes.

In the spray booth, Teri covers selection and use of equipment, safety issues, proper cleanup procedures, and correct spraying techniques. Participants use both water-based and solvent-based products, as well as colored (pigmented) finishes. Students who have spray equipment at home are welcome to bring it in for evaluation and practice.

Teri Masaschi is a professional woodworker, finisher, and restorer in Tijeras, NM, with 50 years of experience. She specializes in antique restoration and reproduction, as well as finishing for contemporary furniture makers. From 1994-2000 she was employed as Finishing Specialist/Product Manager for Woodworker's Supply. Teri writes extensively for Fine Woodworking and is a walking encyclopedia of finishing products and techniques, from the traditional to the cutting edge. Her book, Foolproof Wood Finishing: for Those Who Love to Build and Hate to Finish (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2006) is a must-have for woodworkers. Her website is

Open to all.

Tuition: $1,350

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