Furniture restoration courses and workshops offer the opportunity to learn the skills require to restore beautiful pieces of furniture and antiques to their former glory. Learn to strip and restore frames, restore patina, gilding, examine textures and textiles used, look at modern and traditional styling and of course explore the fascinating history of furniture.
The Cabinetmaking Skills Week is the course you’ve been waiting for. If you’re a complete beginner this will give you the perfect grounding; if you’ve been woodworking for a while, this will be a great tune-up, sorting out any bad habits and reinforcing fundamental skills.
Everything in Woodwork is based on Sharpening so this is the initial focus. You MUST have a sharpening system at your fingertips that works for you, we will look at...
The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction:
Dimensioning timber components
Cutting dovetails, circles etc.
Design & use of a point fence
Table-saw with sliding table
Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
Removing a waney edge
Cutting timber to dimension using the...
This is an intensive 2 day Traditional Upholstery course based in central Bristol. £260 for 2 days including lunch and snacks.
Bring your own piece of furniture to work on over the course.
Alternatively you can buy a footstool from us. Our footstools are made by a local carpenter and you use all the traditional skills to upholster it from scratch. You only need to bring 1m of top fabric to cover it in.
You will learn:
The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:
• Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
• Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
• Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
• Using squares and gauges
• Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
• Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
• Setting out and cutting accurate joints...
This course is designed as a practical introduction to working on and restoring antique furniture and will cover many of the main areas and techniques required for repair and refinishing.
Ideally students will have some woodworking experience or have attended our ‘Sharpening and Tuning’ course, so that structural repairs and splices etc. can be attempted with confidence.
This course is, however, equally relevant for the complete beginner who can use the course to enter the...
The course is taught by Jan and Angela; both are City and Guilds qualified and have previously taught upholstery and sewing for Kirklees College.
Students work in small groups of mixed abilities and ages. New students are encouraged to begin with a small item of furniture such as a drop in seat, a small footstool, or even a headboard. All equipment is available to use, but students are welcome to bring their own tools if...
Spend a day at our Butterfly Art & Craft Studio and learn how to paint a small piece of furniture using Autentico Chalk paints. Our tutor specialises in up-cycling character furniture giving it a professional lovingly restored finish.
You’ll need to bring a small piece of furniture. We recommend no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50 cm, don’t worry if you haven’t got anything suitable as we have pieces available from £5.00. Wear some...
Join us for our monthly furniture painting courses held at our vintage & antique warehouse in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
You will learn how to prep, paint, wax and distress your items of furniture.
All materials and furniture included in the price.
What you Will Learn:
Preparing wood for finishing
Colouring – using stains and chemicals
Grain filling – various methods and materials
Filling minor defects – various types of filler
Polish – making shellac & wax polish
Polishing – shellac “French polishing”, heat resistant systems, wax polish
Using modern finshes, oils etc.
Blending defects and repairs – cosmetic colouring systems
What you will Learn:
On this course you will make a drawer to fit the table you made on the JOINTS WEEK - Make a Table.
SHARPENING REFRESHER – As always, sharp tools are the key to success
THE TOOLS THAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
MAINTAINING A SUPER SHARP SAW – Blunt saw = Dodgy dovetails
MASTERING THE DOVETAIL SAW – Tricks and exercises to help you saw straight
HOW TO TUNE AND USE A...