Furniture Making - Additional Skills and New Techniques

Furniture Making - Additional Skills and  New Techniques


The Additional Skills Week is the perfect follow-on course to the Skills Week or Skills Weekend, if you have the basic skills under your belt, this will give you the chance to review and refine those critical cabinetmaking elements of planing, sawing and chiselling. We will then build on those skills with some new techniques, including some laminating and veneering, to make an elegant dovetailed jewellery box.

The cornerstone of all cabinetmaking is accurate planing, a little revision of basic technique, some gossamer thin shavings, will be followed by preparation of the main box components. Dovetails are still the best solution for joining wood together at a corner but to raise your game a little, and make the dovetails look more exciting, we’ll lay out and cut some really attractive ‘Hound’s Tooth’ dovetails, this will give you the chance to reinforce and build on those other key skills, sawing and chiselling.

Veneering & Laminating are techniques that tend to go hand-in-hand, are a natural progression to using solid wood and will take your cabinetmaking to a whole new level, but for this to be successful you will need to understand how to incorporate a dimensionally stable material with a material that keeps moving, without them both getting into a fight.

Veneering and laminating open up huge opportunities for adding decoration and shape into your work (and allow you to disguise MDF!) Low tech ‘Hammer Veneering’ with hot glue, and high tech Vacuum Presses, or just using loads of clamps, are all relevant , so you’ll have the opportunity to try some of these techniques.

Letting metalwork into wood is another important milestone for a cabinetmaker, usually coming close to the end of a project, it’s vital that you have a fool-proof method of fitting hinges and locks. You will learn about hinge positioning, pivot-points, how to make fine adjustments and how to make a standard Butt Hinge work like a Stop Hinge. Having fitted the lock, making and fitting a diamond shaped escutcheon will be the final finishing touch.

As usual a full set of razor sharp tools will be provided, knowing how to sharpen them would be useful for this course but is not critical.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools will be provided. Tea and coffee are supplied, please bring a packed lunch and plenty of enthusiasm!


John Lloyd at John Lloyd Fine Furniture

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Bankside Farm
Ditchling Common
Burgess Hill
East Sussex
RH15 0SJ

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  • Adults
  • Parking provided


5 weeks (9:00am to 6:00pm)

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