This course is designed as a practical introduction to working on and restoring antique furniture and will cover many of the main areas and techniques required for repair and refinishing.
Ideally students will have some woodworking experience or have attended our ‘Sharpening and Tuning’ course, so that structural repairs and splices etc. can be attempted with confidence.
This course is, however, equally relevant for the complete beginner who can use the course to enter the...
You will learn:
The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:
• Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
• Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
• Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
• Using squares and gauges
• Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
• Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
• Setting out and cutting accurate joints...
What you Will Learn:
Preparing wood for finishing
Colouring – using stains and chemicals
Grain filling – various methods and materials
Filling minor defects – various types of filler
Polish – making shellac & wax polish
Polishing – shellac “French polishing”, heat resistant systems, wax polish
Using modern finshes, oils etc.
Blending defects and repairs – cosmetic colouring systems
Time to make your first piece of furniture! Or, perhaps, time to make your first accurate, crisp, precisely-made, piece of furniture. This is a great follow-on course from ‘Skills Week’ but will also happily stand alone if you have at least a little woodworking experience.
Successful furniture making is based on good design, well thought out construction, and accurate execution of all the many components and joints that will be brought together to create, not...
The Cabinetmaking Skills Week is the course you’ve been waiting for. If you’re a complete beginner this will give you the perfect grounding; if you’ve been woodworking for a while, this will be a great tune-up, sorting out any bad habits and reinforcing fundamental skills.
Everything in Woodwork is based on Sharpening so this is the initial focus. You MUST have a sharpening system at your fingertips that works for you, we will look at...
What you will learn:
• Flattening and fine tuning the castings and various components that make up any plane
• Setting up a cutting gauge and if necessary upgrading the blade
• Grinding bevels using bench grinder and whetstone grinder
• Grinding / honing angles
• Flattening bench stones
• Honing techniques with bench stones – freehand and using honing guides
• Making and using a strop
• Techniques for sharpening shaped blades...
The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction:
Dimensioning timber components
Cutting dovetails, circles etc.
Design & use of a point fence
Table-saw with sliding table
Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
Removing a waney edge
Cutting timber to dimension using the...