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Furniture making course: fundamentals of furniture making part 2 (beginner) - 4 day( weekend) course in Surrey

Woodwork course, spokeshave training and skills

About the Course

This beginner’s furniture making course is designed to extend your knowledge and practical experience of making high quality furniture. We will introduce you to cabinet-making tools and show you how to use them effectively. You will test your new skills by creating your own wall hung mirror frame. This will be a very personal piece. Not only will you craft it by hand, using traditional techniques, but you will choose your own wood from a selection of locally sourced native timbers.

You don’t need to buy any tools as we provide a complete, high quality tool kit for each student to use during training.

If you haven’t trained with us before and would like some guidance on whether this course is right for you please get in touch by emailing me via the contact form above.

The course is run in my workshop on the Surrey / Hampshire border, just outside the Georgian town of Farnham. To ensure individual attention, there are never more than five students.

This Fundamentals of Furniture Making course runs over four days, either over two weekends, or a single block of four days. A range of dates are available throughout the year. Please see our Course Booking page for availability. A description of the course is below.

You will be given a strong grounding in:
- Selecting timber
- Woodworking joint selection in furniture: their strengths and weaknesses
- Sharpening and use of chisels and spoke shaves
- Preparing materials
- Setting and marking out joints
- Sharpening: chisels and spoke shaves
- Using chisels and spoke shaves
- Setting up and using rebate and shoulder planes
- Use tenon and crosscut saws
- Techniques for sawing straight consistently
- How to work with ‘difficult’ wood
- Care of fine furniture: choosing the right wood finish
- Choosing and buying hand tools

At the end of this course you will have gained the knowledge and confidence to continue practising and refining your skills in joint marking and cutting, and know how to use hand tools safely. You will also take home your own hand-crafted mirror frame made from locally sourced timber.

Please note that the Fundamentals Part 1 course and the Fundamentals Part 2 course we run are not sequential (although I appreciate the name suggests this). So you can take the Part 2 course before having taken the Part 1 course.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided. You do not need to buy any tools or equipment, all hand tools are provided during the course.

During and following the course you will receive an extensive range of information to help you take your next steps in furniture making. For example, advice about buying and maintaining tools and details of suppliers. This will also include plans and a materials list for a project using the skills you have learned during your course to help you put your new knowledge into practice.

Access to exclusive discounts for premier tools and timber suppliers.

We provide tea and coffee throughout the course, but you will need to arrange your own lunch. I recommend that you bring a packed lunch each day. There is a microwave and fridge. However, we are only a few minutes by car from Farnham town centre if you need anything.

The workshop is only a few minutes by car from the Farnham train station. There is a direct train connection to London.

If you want accommodation, there are many excellent hotels and B&Bs in the area. Please feel free to contact me if you require any assistance in finding local accommodation.

Please check 'see available dates' for the availability of spaces and to book your place.

If you have any questions in advance of booking your place please select the 'Ask a Question' button to get in touch with the course organiser.


Aidan McEvoy at AM Fine Furniture Limited
The Workshop
Alton Road
GU10 5ER
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4 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Next available date

6th December 2020

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday

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- - #30204

I have done a few woodwork courses over the past couple of years and this was by far the best. The tuition goes beyond just making something but to the reason behind the tools used, how to use them, the posture to adopt, and how to deal with the wood you use. I really enjoyed this course and am looking forward to expanding my knowledge in joinery.

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- - #30114

So glad I did this course as I learnt so much. What looked so simple at the start became quite the feat of engineering and precision for me. I have a lovely oak picture frame to show for it that I shall bore everyone who sees it how it was lovingly handcrafted with sweat and tears.

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- - #15369

I have attended two of Aidan's course and benefited indeed from both. Aidan is an excellent tutor that can adjust to all skill levels from advanced to beginners. He paid close attention to each individual in his class and gave us all the space to explore further items and techniques that interested us while providing us with professional guidance. I flew from Bahrain to attend his courses and will surely do that again if I had the opportunity. I would recommend his selection of courses for both the beginners and the professionals.

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- - #14947

I enjoyed this course very much. Aidan was very attentive in giving us step-by-step guidance, and offered patience and encouragement, without pressure. His attention to detail was inspiring. Thank you!

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- - #13799

This is the first course of this type, or any, since leaving school, that I have done and I think I chose wisely. Really informative and also hands on and finished with my very own masterpiece !!

The processes, reasoning behind them and the use and handling and care for tools was really good and presented in a relaxed style within the small group but also one to one when needed.

I would highly recommend if you are looking to start a journey into fine woodworking or any type of woodworking.

Looking forward to my next course with Aiden.

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- - #13746

Having completed this course and the fundamentals part 1, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. I had no experience with hand tools or joinery and thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the course. The atmosphere is very relaxed.
All the tools are explained, not just in use, but what makes a good tool, how to sharpen them, what to look out for when buying regardless of budget.
I will be going back for more.

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