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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals in East Sussex

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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals in East Sussex

Duration: 2 Days

Price: £250

Run by: John Lloyd
at John Lloyd Fine Furniture

Bankside Farm
Ditchling Common
Burgess Hill
East Sussex
RH15 0SJ

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About the Course

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


A basic set of prepared tools will be provided for the duration of the course. These form the basis of a toolkit that will be required for any cabinet-making work, and will include the following:

Bench plane – The ‘Jack Plane’ is probably the most useful. My personal favourite is the No. 05½ or 06. This plane will be your real workhorse which, when tuned, will be able to undertake remarkably fine work.

Block plane – Useful for end grain and perhaps as a small smoothing place.

Shoulder Plane – Designed, not surprisingly, for trimming shoulders, but actually used more frequently for “cheeks” and adjusting rebates.

Chisels – Bevel edged, my preference is for European style.

Cutting Gauge - Used primarily for marking out joints, such as dovetails.

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What's included in the price?

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles

Teaching hours are 8.30am to 6pm with a short break for lunch to enable students to gain the maximum amount from their time in the workshops.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided. Students are requested to bring their own packed lunch.

Want to review this course?

A superb course taught by John who is a excellent teacher and obviously extremely experienced. He made learning the basics of woodworking really fun and enjoyable. I learnt loads and feel so much more confident with the plane, saw and chisel. The supply of delicious cakes and biscuits also helped to keep energy levels up for the entire two days.

- - #16390

Even at this early stage in my woodworking journey the level of accuracy seemed impossible but with only a day of John's guidance on the tools fractions of millimeter workmanship was being repeatable achieved.

- - #16389

Very informative. I learned a great deal about the basics of woodworking, discovered the soothing process of planing wood and successfully made a chopping board.

- - #16388

Great course! Excellent intro to the basics required. Good pace for covering so many skills.

- - #14439

New skills, comprehensive instructions, absolutely would recommend.

- - #14413

The focus is on short demos and then lots of hands on practice

- - #8906

A small group, as much 1:1 as you needed - no pressure

- - #8905

John's clarity, expertise and sense of humour. Pace was just right and facilities provided all you could need, including biscuits.

- - #8904

Open and friendly instruction, well structured and extremely well organised.

- - #5220

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 20th April 2019

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