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.
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.
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4 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)
Next available date
6th December 2020
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.
I have just completed the Fundamentals of Woodworking 2 course which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have dabbled a bit over many years without really knowing what I was doing!
I have a keen interest and thought it was about time that I did something about learning "how to do things properly", or getting back to basics. This, however is certainly not a basic course and the time spent with Aidan was really well spent. So much so that I am already booked on another course! It is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced woodworkers and Aidan is very attentive and makes sure that all attendees get the support that they need. i learned so much, not just techniques, but also care and setting up of tools, including how to sharpen properly. There is more to it than you might think!
The overall course had a good atmosphere across all attendees, and I feel more confident in my skills going forward. It is a good feeling to have created something myself and I am proud of my achievements. Looking forward to the next course. Thanks Aidan.
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.
Having attended Fundamentals Part 1 last year I was keen to explore Fundamentals Part 2 and have just completed this 4 day course. It was a revelation. Before these courses I'd had no prior experience of wordworking at all but I'm practically minded. This course gave me the confidence to use tools like saws, planes, chisels and spoke shaves including setting up and sharpening. It made me think about the use of markings and having faith in them - using the measure twice (at least!) and cut once rule.
While I'll never need to go on and create fine furniture - just having this knowledge will see me in good stead for any home project - such as the larch wood store I wish to build - although I doubt it will have the beautiful jointing I learned on this course.
Aidan is an amazing teacher - everything has a meaning and a purpose and he explains at a level that you understand. He's interested in everyone and creates a relaxed but focused atmosphere.
Without question I recommend this course and Aidan /AM Fine Furniture
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.
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!
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.
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.