Fine-furniture making course - floating shelf day course in Cheshire



This one-day course in David’s peaceful, rural workshop in Cheshire is designed as an introduction to fine furniture making. It is aimed at both complete beginners and those woodworkers wishing to brush up on some basics. At the end of the day you will take home a finished floating shelf with recesses for tea light holders (the shelf can be left plain if preferred). The focus is on how to achieve professional standard work by following a series of straight forward steps. The skills learned will form a firm foundation to build on and you will leave the workshop with greater confidence in your own ability. The course explains the issues of working with a natural material by understanding its characteristics and how to turn raw timber into a beautifully polished product. You will learn how to sharpen a plane blade and hand plane a board to size, making sure it is completely flat. Any minor imperfections will be removed with the simple but remarkably useful cabinet scraper. Finally you will sand, detail and apply a finish to the piece. You will get plenty of one to one time as the spacious workshop is equipped to train up to a maximum of four students at a time. You will be training with not just an award-winning designer-maker but also an experienced teacher; David was a TEFL teacher for five years in Italy and Spain in the mid 90’s before finding his way into furniture making and also taught woodwork for Start in Salford for a further four years. He now combines both of his passions with the training he offers. Flexible dates: A minimum of two people are required for courses to run, so please contact David with your availability and he will coordinate with other students to find a suitable date.

What's included in the price?

All the tools you will need are provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits are freely available but you will need to bring your own packed lunch.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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I have been involved in making furniture and teaching since the mid 90s. I originally trained as a TEFL teacher and taught for 5 years, full time in Italy and Spain whilst starting my journey of training as a furniture designer-maker. Since leaving TEFL teaching in 2000, working with my hands and then teaching woodwork has taken over. I taught woodwork part time for Start in Salford for 4 years, continued teaching languages occasionally and then took up training in my own workshop in 2014.

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  • Suitable for beginners
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The Old Cowshed, Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Cheshire, WA15 0QZ