Finishing 101: Choosing and Applying Clear Transparent Coatings to Wood W/ Mitch Kohanek


Finishing 101: Choosing and Applying Clear Transparent Coatings to Wood

Tuition: $150 

Materials: $20


Class Description:

This informative one day Finishing 101 class teaches you how to choose transparent finishes for wood and includes some “hands on” learning using rags, pads, brushes and spraying equipment.

When choosing a finish for your project, your first considerations should be what kind of protection your project really needs, and what do you want it to look like. Oils, shellac, lacquer, varnish, urethane, water base are your choices. How do you choose one over the other? Where you are going to do your finishing is also something to consider. Last but not least is choosing the method of applying your choice of finish, rags, pad, brush or spray.

It is suggested that you take the Finishing 101 class to prepare you to use these finishes, tools and techniques in the Finishing 102: Stains & Color:  Mixing, Layering, Glazing, Toning, which deals with the coloring of wood.

Finishing 101 and Finishing 102 are excellent classes to take if you are considering refinishing furniture –Finishing 103 Restoration and Spot Repair (coming in the fall of 2017). Once the object is stripped of its current coating, it needs to be finished again.


Student Required Supplies:

Sanding Block: Woodcraft SKU: 158293

Felt Rubbing Pad: Woodcraft SKU: 38N41

Dust mask or respiratory protection

Bring in your HVLP spray gun if you have one.

Can opener

Blue tape



Brush referral:
Mitch has some suggestions of brushes to choose from to bring to class. They are not mandatory, but If you already know what finish you like to use, here are some brushes to consider. Note: The size of the brush should fit the size of the projects you like to work on.
Grammercy Brush- (White bristles) one inch or two inch size. Works well for shellac and water base.
Dick Blick Mega Golden Synthetic Filbert Brush- (Size 30 or 40). Works for shellac and water base.
Woodcraft Onyx White Chine Bristle, 2”size- For oil base varnishes or brushes lacquer


Bring any brushes or applicators you have been using to have Mitch review to see if you’re using the proper tools for each technique/application.  It will also be helpful for each student to bring in any small-medium size plastic containers for finish storage during the class.



Mitch Kohanek Biography


April 27th

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mitch Kohanek

The Woodworkers Club

This class is full. Please check the schedule for other available dates.