I’m taking a class in woodworking and being a bit miffed is putting it mildly. (I just got home and it wasn’t a good day.
I told my instructor the first day what kind of finish I wanted to put on my project, since I didn’t like the wood I was working with and haveing seen finishes that amazed me that they were the same wood, I would like to try and at least use my project to learn a new technique that I havn’t used yet. Last week we bought the stain and finishes we were going to use and were told that we should do some of the finishing before class today. When I talked to my instructor last night he said not to worrry and just bring it to class as it was and we would do it in class. In response I told him that the technique that I was using took a long time to dry and how were we going to work that out durring the class time. This morning I told him I intended on returning the stain I bought last week as it was not what I wanted to use. As the morning progressed and we were doing a raised panel and making the joints for the rails and stiles of the door I was getting more and more disappointed with my project as I really was dislikeing the the outcome and the wood I was working with and it looked quite ugly. Then the instructor just opened the stain and started applying it to the panel of my door which looked even uglier now and glued it up for me even thought I requested that he let me take it home and work on it so that I would get the finish I wanted in the end.
Now I have a very rough panel inset inside glued up rails and stiles, and since we didn’t finish this week anyway we are having one more class to finish up. So luckily I got away with the rest of my project unglued so I can get a good finish on it before class next week The problem is how do I get the rails and stile apart so I can sand the stain off and apply a wood filler and a french polish as I had intended in the first place?
I don’t want this class to be a complete waste of time as it cost quite a bit, and I havn’t even had the chance to change a router bit yet. I am quite disappointed that the insturctor has been running aroung setting everything up for us, so we don’t get the chance to learn how to set thing up for ourselves except to watch him do it which is not the same as doing it yourself.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks to all you experts out there.