Wood Stains and Finishes


Wood Stains & Finishes

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.

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 10/9/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  2. Wed, 10/11/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  3. Mon, 10/16/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  4. Wed, 10/18/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mon, 10/9/2023 - Wed, 10/18/2023


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BARN Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


Experiment with numerous finishes 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:

  • 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.
  • which tools and techniques to use when applying stains and finishes by hand (ie, without spraying).
  • 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.)


A $25 materials fee, included in the class cost, covers all materials you need.


This class is open to students who have taken Orientation to the Woodshop.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Carol Fiedler-Kawaguchi

Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. After earning a fine arts degree from Western Washington University, she worked in New Mexico as an apprentice ceramicist and then as an apprentice violin maker, developing her skills in fine woodworking and traditional finishes. She began designing and building custom furniture in the mid-1980s. Her interest in European, Early American and Asian antiques led her to focus on their restoration and repair.

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