Furniture Making Course: Fundamentals of Furniture Making Part (Beginner) - 4 Day (weekend) Course in Surrey
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About the Course
This beginner’s furniture making course is designed to extend your knowledge and practical experience of making high quality furniture. I 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 me 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 or calling 078 11 262360.
The course is run in my workshop on the Surrey / Hampshire border, just outside the Georgian town of Farnham. I undertake all the teaching myself and, 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:
Woodworking joint selection in furniture: their strengths and weaknesses
Sharpening and use of chisels and spoke shaves
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.
Courses run from 9.00am to 5.00pm. All tools and materials are provided.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Materials included. 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.
2017/18 Course Dates:
3-4 & 10-11 February 2018 (full)
15 – 18 March 2018 (full)
30 June-01 July & 07-08 July 2018
6-7 & 13-14 October 2018
01-02 & 08-09 December 2018
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Course Start DatesThursday 15th March 2018
Saturday 30th June 2018
Saturday 6th October 2018
Saturday 1st December 2018
- Accessible by public transport
- Suitable for events & groups
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