Introduction to fine furniture: make a serving platter (beginner)



Here is a summary of course dates: 4th- 8th March 2024 You will make a large table serving platter. This is an ideal starting point if you have little or no wood working experience. The skills and knowledge you will acquire as you make this beautifully designed centrepiece are the foundations of the woodworker’s journey in pursuit of excellence in making. The processes that go into making your platter are those most used in furniture making - they are the ones you will draw on every time you turn your hand to woodworking. It is the ability to perform each process perfectly that will enable you to become a truly outstanding craftsperson. The course is run in my workshop on the Surrey / Hampshire border, just outside the Georgian town of Farnham. The course covers:: Selecting timber Guidance on buying furniture making tools Hand tool selection and maintenance Sharpening and tuning of hand planes Using hand planes Achieving flat, straight and square with a plane Marking tools Hand saws and sawing straight Advanced sharpening of planes and scrapers for ‘difficult’ timber Wood finishing; making your own food-safe wood finish Building confidence in the use of hand tools At the end of this five-day course you will have gained a strong foundation in furniture making skills. In addition, you will have the experience and confidence to plan and make your own projects and use and maintain hand tools. Finally, you will take home your own hand-crafted serving platter - a beautiful centrepiece for your table, made from locally sourced English hardwood. Project-based courses: Project-based courses are aimed at those who want to immerse themselves in the art of handmade furniture. There are a range of projects to suit varying skills levels. These courses work either on a stand-alone basis or as a progressive series, building up your experience step by step.

What's included in the price?

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. All Materials included. You do not need to buy any tools or equipment, all hand tools are provided during the course. 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 assistance finding local accommodation.


5 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
  • Christmas
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Public transport
  • Father's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Stag dos
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The Workshop, Alton Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 5ER