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Furniture Finishing & Restoration 1F22

Teaching Assistant(s): 
Michael Johnson
Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Join a shop away from home, with tools, mentorship and community. Work on a project of your choice in an open-format classroom; the teacher will circulate and give instruction at all levels, but there is not a set curriculum. Bring your piece to the first class. Storage is limited; no large dressers. Limit 12 students

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

Related Classes:

  • Gilding & Frame Restoration
  • Upholstery
  • Basic Upholstery

Michael Gleason

Michael Gleason

Michael Gleason made custom cabinetry and furniture at his company, Gleason, Hendrick & Devine from 1981 to 2014. Before that, he made custom furniture and did antique restoration with Nils Johnson at A.G. Johnson & Son from 1972 to 1981. He began teaching at the Eliot School with Nils Johnson and has taught here ever since, for over three decades.

Furniture Finishing and Restoration

Michael Johnson

Woodworking, Upholstery
Materials to bring to class:

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

Bring to class:

  • Goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cotton rags
  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper (120 & 220 grit)
  • 1 quart denatured alcohol
  • 1 quart paint remover