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

Students working on separate fine furniture making projects


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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The course includes a timber of your choice, concealed shelf supports and tea light holders. 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.


David Tragen at Cheshire Craft Courses

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The Old Cowshed
Castle Mill Lane
WA15 0QZ

Suitable for

  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (9:30am to 6:00pm)

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Richard - - #36884

An extremely enjoyable and informative course. David is an extremely patient and knowledgeable teacher - as well being a maker of very fine and artistic furniture. Relaxed atmosphere in the workshop - would highly recommend this course.
David goes through important principles of planing, tool sharpening, drilling, marking out and finishing - all useful skills to apply to your own projects.

Allie and Mary - - #19932

‘The best birthday ever’ - my mums comment at the end of our floating shelf workshop day. We had such a lovely time and learnt so much. David was so helpful and attentive, everything was explained and demo’d and he made time for all questions (no matter how off topic they got). We would totally recommend this course to anyone looking for expert guidance in a relaxed setting. Thanks again David!

Kathy & Jay - - #19615

We thoroughly enjoyed this workshop! David is extremely knowledgable and patient making sure our techniques were right. We are now the proud owners of 2 beautiful Ash floating shelves!

Iain McDowall - - #18681

I found the course excellent. David is a very good and knowledgeable teacher. The one day course gave me more than just a floating shelf. It gave me an introduction to new woodworking skills and the confidence to develop them further.

Shireen - - #16618

I had never done any DIY- type stuff before I did David's course except to drive a couple of nails (badly) into a wall, so I was a complete novice. David was a patient and attentive teacher, and gave me just enough space for me to find my confidence and rhythm while also giving me that extra push for when I slacked off. And I went home with a floating shelf that I am so proud of! I loved the rural setting of the workshop and found the whole day enjoyable despite having worked really hard.

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