Simple Varnish Finish

Marc Spagnuolo

Finishing doesn't have to be difficult. The Simple Varnish Finishing method gives great results every time!

  • 1 lessons
  • 36 min
  • $25.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Simple Varnish Finish

    A professional show-stopping finish doesn’t need to be difficult and confusing.

Finishing doesn’t have to be difficult. The Simple Varnish Finishing method gives great results every time! This single closed captioned video is 40 minutes long and covers the following:

  • What is wiping varnish?
  • Making your own wiping varnish
  • Surface preparation
  • Application strategies
  • Making your own application pad
  • Use of raking lights
  • Finishing the finish – rubbing out
  • Oil/Varnish Blends
  • Pore-filling
  • Working with oily woods
  • Safety concerns

Please Note: This not exactly a Guild “project” and does not include the general membership benefits such as access to the Facebook group, industry discounts, and access to our Interviews and Live Guild Meetings. To become a full-fledged member, please purchase any Completed or Pre-Order Project.


This project is by far the most helpful I’ve seen (I’m fairly new to the guild and that may change). I have definitely stolen your go-to finishing technique and I’m very impressed by the results. Thanks, and keep up the awesome work! Y- The Handicraftsman

The Handicraftsman
Guild Member


Marc, thank you for sharing your technique on finishing. This video is easy to follow and “simple” to apply. I’m in the middle of a project now and can’t wait to use your techniques again. My wife was actually surprised in how my last project turned out! (I may have forgotten to mention I learned it from you) thanks for the video. I look forward to purchasing more.
Tracy Reves

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.