Furniture making course: Fundamentals of Furniture Making Part 2 (beginner) - Surrey



Here is a summary of course dates: 27-30 June 2024 (Thu-Sun) 30 Nov-01 Dec & 07-08 Dec (two weekends) 07-08 & 14-15 September (two weekends) This beginner’s 4 day (weekend) 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 our workshop on the Surrey / Hampshire border, just outside the Georgian town of Farnham. To ensure individual attention, there are never more than six 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 without having taken any of my other courses.

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.


4 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Christmas
  • Weekends
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Public transport
  • Father's Day
  • Parking provided
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Stag dos
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The Workshop, Alton Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 5ER