Furniture making course: Traditional Dovetailing - 4 day course in Surrey



Here is a summary of course dates: 22nd -25th February (Thursday to Sunday) In this course you will learn and practice traditional dovetailing techniques and the skills needed to layout, mark and cut dovetails by hand. This course is designed to teach you how professional cabinet makers make traditional hand cut dovetails without using magnetic saw guides or other gadgets. It is ideal for those with some woodworking experience who want to widen their furniture making capabilities by learning the secrets of this gold-standard woodworking joint. You will take home your own dovetailed pieces, plus a kit of prepared components made from locally sourced timber, to help you practice dovetailing at home. This four-day course runs over two consecutive weekends, or mid-week. 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 six students. . The course covers: The attributes of perfect dovetails Dovetail joint selection Preparing timber (refresher) Setting / laying out dovetails Dovetail saws and sawing tails and pins Dovetail chisels and paring joints Speed dovetailing: The fast way to hand cut dovetail excellence? Gluing up Advanced dovetail setting out Using hand tools, such as mallet, chisels, marking and cutting gauge, dovetail saw, marking knife, smoothing plane At the end of this course you will have gained the knowledge and skills to plan, set out and cut dovetails by hand in the traditional way. You will also have developed the confidence to continue practicing dovetailing for your future projects and know how to use hand tools safely. 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 via the 'message the tutor' button.

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. 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
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Hen dos
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Christmas
  • Weekends
  • Public transport
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Intermediate level
  • Father's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Mother's Day
  • Stag dos
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The Workshop, Alton Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 5ER