Alan Turner

Hand-Applied Finishing

with Alan Turner

Elevate the quality of your projects as you learn wood finishing techniques alongside the founder of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, Alan Turner. In this class, you’ll build the knowledge to select and apply shellacs, oil and varnish mixtures, gel varnishes and even waterborne finishes. Start by mastering surface preparation to set yourself up for success. Then, Alan will teach you easy, effective techniques for applying beautiful finishes by hand. Plus, find out how to remove any excess finish and ensure your projects have a clean, streak-free appearance. Build the skills to hand-finish every project flawlessly!

  • 7 Sessions
  • 2h 21m
Alan Turner

Alan Turner

Alan Turner is a lifelong woodworker and the founder of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, a nonprofit, full-service school, teaching everything from basic courses for beginners to advanced courses for highly experienced woodworkers. Along with teaching woodworking, Alan also enjoys taking on the occasional furniture commission.

Hand-Applied Finishing - Resources

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