Repair, Restore and Refinish Furniture


Repair, Restore & Refinish Furniture

Meeting Times
  1. Wed, 11/8/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  2. Mon, 11/13/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  3. Wed, 11/15/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  4. Mon, 11/20/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wed, 11/8/2023 - Mon, 11/20/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


Have a well-loved piece of furniture in need of repair or just wish you knew how to bring one back into usable condition? Or do you want to touch up or even completely renew the finish on a fine piece? In this hands-on class, you will learn how to assess a piece of furniture and how to repair it.

The instructor will discuss the repair issues of each piece that students bring, so you will learn about a wider array of techniques than just what is needed for your own project.


  • You can bring your own piece of furniture or a part, such as a drawer, that needs help.
  • If you don’t have a piece but would like to learn repair techniques, the instructor will provide a project for you to work on.


A $15 materials fee included in the cost of the class covers shop supplies and materials provided by the instructor. Depending on your project, you may need to purchase additional materials. The instructor will discuss this at the first session, after evaluating your piece.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Upholstery must be removed before class. If your piece is so heavy or bulky that you need to store it in the shop for the duration of the class, the instructor must approve it beforehand.
  • If your project is too challenging to complete within the four sessions of this class, you may continue the work during open studio or in a future furniture repair class. Open studio is always free for members. Non-members can  participate without paying the usual $20 open studio fee if they are completing a class project.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

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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