Repair, Restore, and Refinish Furniture

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023
  • Wednesday, June 07, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, June 06, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, June 07, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO053023CFK
  • 4


  • $387 + $15 materials fee
  • $298 + $15 materials fee


Bring in a piece of furniture that's broken, wobbly or dinged and learn how to get it back into shape.

About this Class

Have a well-loved piece of furniture in need of repair or just wish you knew how to bring one back into usable condition? Or do you want to touch up or even completely renew the finish on a fine piece? In this hands-on class, you will learn how to assess a piece of furniture and how to repair it.

You can bring your own piece of furniture or a part, such as a drawer, that needs help. If you don’t have a piece but would like to learn repair techniques, the instructor will provide a project for you to work on. The instructor will discuss the repair issues of each piece that students bring, so you will learn about a wider array of techniques than just what is needed for your own project.


  • Upholstery must be removed before class. If your piece is so heavy or bulky that you need to store it in the shop for the duration of the class, the instructor must approve it beforehand. Please use this form to contact the instructor.
  • If your project is too challenging to complete within the four sessions of this class, you may continue the work during open studio or in a future furniture repair class. Open studio is always free for members. Non-members can  participate without paying the usual $20 open studio fee if they are completing a class project.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.


A $15 materials fee included in the cost of the class covers shop supplies and materials provided by the instructor. Depending on your project, you may need to purchase additional materials. The instructor will discuss this at the first session, after evaluating your piece.


 Students much have completed Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar

Class Policies


Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. After earning a fine arts degree from Western Washington University, she worked in New Mexico as an apprentice ceramicist and then as an apprentice violin maker, developing her skills in fine woodworking and traditional finishes. She began designing and building custom furniture in the mid-1980s. Her interest in European, Early American and Asian antiques led her to focus on their restoration and repair.
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