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La touche finale EN • Varnish, oils, waxes and shellac

Woodworking Finishing

This course’s objective is the learning of the common finishes used in woodworking. You will learn the different products available on the market, the approaches and possibilities of natural finishes, the methods of preparing the wood, the application techniques and much more.

In order to put these notions to use, each participant will practice on exercise boards and then apply the chosen finish to their own woodworking project previously made in one of our courses.

Practical course

  • Presentations and demonstrations by the teacher
  • Technical exercises by the participants


Prerequisites for the course

Beginner course – No prerequisites

Number of sessions

2 sessions

Training duration

12 hours


300 $ + txs

Group 1

Saturdays June 8th and 15th 2024, 9 AM To 4 PM

Course plan

Equipment used
  • Sanders
  • Rags and accessories
Techniques taught
  • Basic safety concepts in the finishing shop
  • Repairing minor defects with putty
  • Raising the grain
  • Surface preparation
  • Sealing and filling the grain
  • Making a pigmented oil stain
  • Applying and layering coats
  • Sanding between coats
Materials and equipment provided
  • Materials and tools needed to carry out exercises and/or projects
  • Course notebook
  • If necessary, loan of hearing protectors and safety glasses
Equipment to bring

IMPORTANT: You must bring a small woodworking project you previously made in one of our courses (examples: case from the course L’apprenti.e 1, box from the course Le coffret).

If you have one, you can bring:

  • a dust mask
  • hearing protectors
  • safety glasses
  • safety shoes

Schedule for the varnish, oils, waxes and shellac course

Day 1
  • Presentations, course objectives and project
  • Basic safety concepts in the finishing shop
  • Presentation on surface and wood preparation
  • Explanation and preparation of exercise boards and personnal project
  • Raising the grain and sanding by machine and by hand
  • Preparation and application of sealing products
  • Presentation and application of 1st finishing coat
  • Revision and questions
  • Presentation of the composition of common natural finishes
Day 2
  • Presentation of products : water based varnish, shellac, oils, hard oils and waxed oils, waxes
  • Principles of impregnation and layering coats
  • Presentation, creation and application of a pigmented oil stain
  • Application of 2d and 3d finishing coat, sanding between coats
  • Revision and questions

Woodworking training programs

This course is part of a program bringing together a series of courses that allow progressive and in-depth learning of cabinetmaking techniques.


Unless otherwise specified, ÉÉAM general public courses are only open to people 18 years of age and older.

As openness and inclusion are essential values for the ÉÉAM, the school strives to accommodate everyone who is interested in cabinetmaking. If you live with a functional limitation and have questions regarding your ability to attend training, please contact us to discuss.