Furniture Making - Cabinetmaking Fundamentals in East Sussex



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.

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

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.


John Lloyd at John Lloyd Fine Furniture

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Bankside Farm
Ditchling Common
Burgess Hill
East Sussex
RH15 0SJ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


2 days (9:00am to 6:00pm)

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James Berge - - #16390

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.

Toby Hague - - #16389

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.

Anne Rowlinson - - #16388

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.

Mark Samuels - - #14439

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

David Duke - - #14413

New skills, comprehensive instructions, absolutely would recommend.

Martin White - - #8906

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

David Brealey - - #8905

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

Niels Archer - - #8904

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

Graham Barnard - - #5220

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

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