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Wood Finishing Techniques

Wood Finishing Techniques Certificate
Wood Finishing Techniques

Program Overview

​Wood finishers in the cabinet industry are responsible for the final appearance of the product. They are able to change the look of a product by adding color with different types of stains and then protecting the product with finish coats of materials such as lacquer, varnish, etc. 

Students in this program will learn all phases of finishing from repairing existing finishes to applying finishes to new products using various techniques. They will also learn the various products available in the wood finish industry.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • Knowledge, skill, and hands-on experience with faux, aging and new finishes 
  • Application techniques for wood stains and finishes
  • Proper use of finishing equipment
  • Plastic laminate technology and fabrication 
  • Print reading and print design 
  • Safe operation of woodworking equipment.​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

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    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    Textbook, tool, and supply costs
    ​Additional Program Costs total approximately $1,000 for the following: 

    • ​Tools: $500.00
    • Books & Supplies: $350.00
    • Projects (costs vary) about: $150.00 

    ​Additional Requirements/Recommendations 

    • Mathematics and drawing skills are helpful. 
    • Students need to be alert, physically fit and have good vision. 
    • Students are expected to attend all classes and be prompt. 
    • It is necessary to have good hand and eye coordination. 
    • Safety will be a major factor in operating all equipment. 
    • Safety is taught and students must pass all safety tests before operating equipment.
  • Career Settings

    • Residential & commercial wood manufacturing 
    • Residential cabinet shops
    • Commercial fixtures shops
    • Millwork companies
    • Wood specialty shops
    • Retail furniture companies
    • Restoration companies.​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​​​Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment. 
    • Learn to work in many different areas of production or specialize in one. 
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