Furniture Making Workshop (Saturdays) - Nottingham Trent University



Have you ever dreamt of making your own furniture from scratch from a raw piece of timber? By completing this hands-on course you’ll not only gain a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of tools and techniques, you’ll also be able to proudly showcase your finished coffee table - a testament to your newfound woodworking skills. You’ll focus on the fundamentals of woodworking and gain an understanding of furniture making and machinery in a relaxed atmosphere, all delivered by an experienced tutor. This course is for anyone who has an interest in furniture design and making; you don’t need any prior woodworking experience as you’ll be guided step-by-step through the different processes to create your piece of furniture. Embark on a woodworking journey where you’ll master the essential tools and techniques and transform raw timber into a beautifully crafted oak coffee table with a functional drawer. With personalised guidance, group demos, and one-on-one feedback, you'll not only create a unique piece of furniture but also gain the confidence to tackle future projects. On this course, you will: • be inducted into our well-equipped product design workshops • learn what checks to perform when selecting the right timber for your project • use tools and equipment such as dimension saws, surface planers, thickness planers, spindle moulders, flatbed sanders, CNC and hand routers • practise a variety of joints on your project and discuss the merits of each one • build your confidence in using hand tools and woodworking equipment • explore different finishing techniques that will make your piece truly unique. By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding of the different workshop processes, and a finished piece of furniture (an oak coffee table with a drawer on rails) that shows how you have applied these processes to your project. You will also leave with the confidence to develop your skills and apply your knowledge to further furniture and woodwork projects. Tutor profile: Carl Smith has over twenty years’ experience making bespoke and mass production furniture, and is one of NTU’s longest serving furniture makers. He started his career as an award-winning apprentice for Stag Furniture, and eventually trained to full certification as a journeyman, winning many other awards along the way including the National Skills Builder winners’ title and Olympia Cup gold medallist title. In his daily role as the workshop technician, Carl’s expertise extends to advising students on the design and construction of prototypes, models, furniture and products. His knowledge is shared across various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including product and furniture design, architecture, interior architecture and fine arts.

What's included in the price?

This very practical, hands on course is taught in our well equipped woodworking studios. This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University city campus. You will receive 25 contact hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. 99% of previous course attendees were satisfied with the course, received the attention they needed and would consider doing another short course at NTU.


5 weeks

Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Daytime (weekdays)
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ