Wood Veneering - making chess and backgammon boards



No, actually there’s nothing wrong with veneer – this is not a cheap alternative to ’Real Wood’, Veneer is your big opportunity to make beautiful, decorative things using a vast selection of beautiful, sometimes outrageous, different woods from all over the world. Veneer allows large projects to maintain consistent colour and figure throughout, and the production of dimensionally stable panels that won’t be tempted to fight with any solid wood components in the near vicinity. In short, Veneer opens up a whole new world of woodworking opportunities, both structural and visual. Traditional methods of laying veneer are still valid in the 21st century, can be more versatile than modern methods, and only require a small selection of cheap low-tech tools. But, techniques using the latest resin glues, and equipment like the Vacuum Press, are brilliant when, for example, working on very large areas. So, better learn how to do both! What you will learn: Types of glue – from the most traditional animal glues to the most modern resins Tools & equipment – required for Hammer & Vacuum Veneering Veneer – how it’s produced; Thicknesses; Buying veneer; Storage; Laying out and Design possibilities; Preparing and handling veneer Preparing groundwork – Appropriate materials; Filling holes; Adding mitred Lippings Hammer veneering – Traditional techniques using hand-tools and hot animal glue; Halving & Quartering veneers; Laying bandings and letting in Inlays Vacuum veneering – Making a ‘Lay-On’ Dealing with veneer problems – Areas of loose veneer or blisters & faults/blemishes Making & veneering a stunning, decorative games board – A double-sided board suitable for playing Backgammon or Drafts/Chess

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials will be provided. Tea and coffee are supplied, please bring a packed lunch and your enthusiasm!


5 days

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available


Over the 35 years I have been running a successful bespoke furniture making and antique restoration business, I have become passionate about passing on the skills and knowledge through my Woodworking School. We have designed a range of educational long and short courses that have traditional hand skills at their core, the key requirement being simply enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill, East Sussex, RH15 0SJ