Furniture Finishing & Restoration

Learn to restore and refinish, working with your own piece of furniture. The class covers stripping, preparation, application of stains and final touches. Repair and reinforcement are addressed as needed. Students may bring antiques, more modern pieces, or pieces they have made themselves. Many people continue multiple semesters in this popular class.

(If upholstery is required, see our Upholstery class, which will also address minor structural repairs.)

Co-sponsored by Eastern Mass. Guild of Woodworkers

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level

All Levels



Before entering this class, read about SAFETY.


Bring your piece of furniture to the first class. You may store it here for the semester; attach a tag with your name, contact information, and semester. No large items (sofas, love seats), please.

You will discuss the following supplies with your instructor at the first class:

  • goggles
  • rubber gloves
  • cotton rags
  • steel wool
  • sandpaper (120 & 220 grit)
  • 1 quart denatured alcohol
  • 1 quart paint remover

Find out more about where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1W: 10 Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30pm
Feb 2 – Apr 5, 2016 (snow day make-up Apr 12)
Instructor: Michael Gleason, assisted by Michael Johnson
$350 – FULL


Section 1S: 10 Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30pm
May 3–July 5, 2016
Instructor: Michael Gleason, assisted by Michael Johnson
$357 – FULL

Eastern Mass. Guild of Woodworkers members are eligible for 10% discount.