Beginners Woodwork – Four day course

Beginners Woodwork – Four day course

Posted by on Jun 1, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | No Comments

Four days, usually Friday – Monday

Many beginners to woodwork become frustrated because they lack the three essentials of the craft, really sharp tools, good technique and finally accuracy. This course is designed as an introduction to these essentials. You will learn how to get your planes and chisels exquisitely sharp, some basic woodworking techniques such as planing and sawing square and joint cutting, and in the process find out why precision is so critical. Once these elements are in place you can begin to enjoy the craft instead of struggling with the basics.

Tool sharpening and maintenance weekend.

Tool sharpening and maintenance weekend.

Posted by on Jun 5, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | One Comment

Two day course.

Why This Course? – Woodwork is a hundred times easier and more enjoyable with properly sharpened tools. Many people struggle with their woodwork because the tools they use use have not been properly sharpened. The problem is not a lack of ability but the lack of sharp tools. This course will teach you how to get your tools really sharp allowing you to enjoy your woodwork without the frustration of blunt tools.

Basic jointing weekend.

Basic jointing weekend.

Posted by on Jun 7, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | One Comment

Two day course.

Success in woodwork comes from using sharp tools, good technique and an accurate approach to the work. We deal with sharp tools in other courses. On this course you will learn some basic jointing techniques which will enable you to build a wide range of furniture. Perhaps more importantly you will come to understand just how important precision is in the craft of woodwork. A must if you want to get on the right track from the start.

Dovetailing weekend.

Dovetailing weekend.

Posted by on Jun 9, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | No Comments

Two day course.

If you have the basic woodworking skills, perhaps acquired on earlier courses, but want to take things further by tackling dovetails this course is for you. During the weekend you will learn to cut both through and lap dovetails. The discipline and concentration involved in cutting this joint will help with improving your accuracy and craftsmanship.

Woodwork taster (half day).

Woodwork taster (half day).

Posted by on Jun 11, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | No Comments

A half day woodworking course designed for the complete woodwork beginner based around the making of a set of four trivets on a stand.

Marquetry taster (half day)

Marquetry taster (half day)

Posted by on Jun 13, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | No Comments

A basic half day marquetry course introducing simple marquetry techniques based around the making of a fluted inlay motif.

Router skills

Router skills

Posted by on Jul 1, 1916 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments

Five day course.

The router is the most useful power tool in the workshop but many people fail to get the most out of it, mainly because it can be a bit unpredictable. On this course you will learn to tame your router! Enabling you safely to cut joints, shape parts, create mouldings, inlay and much more. Mastering the router means you can tackle much more complex projects.

Wood finishing weekend

Wood finishing weekend

Posted by on Jul 5, 1916 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments

Two day course.

A good finish can make or break a project. On this course you will learn the importance of surface preparation and how to apply three different finishes; oil, acrylic lacquer and French polishing.

Make your own workbench.

Make your own workbench.

Posted by on Jul 7, 1916 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments

Six day course.

The workbench is the centre of any wood workshop, so it’s important that it is well made and ergonomically sound. On this course you will make the same bench that Chris uses for his work. With an 80mm thick top and with front and tail vices and bench dogs it is robust and has excellent work holding facilities. The dimensions can be adjusted to your requirements, so you will leave with a valuable woodworking tool and also the satisfaction that you will be working at a bench you have made yourself.

Improver’s make a book case

Improver’s make a book case

Posted by on Jul 31, 1916 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments

Five days.

During this five day course you will make a solid oak book case with a burr veneer top. You will learn how to cut carcase dovetails, joint and lay veneer, cut and fit inlay, edge joint boards and fit adjustable shelves.

Chair Making

Chair Making

Posted by on Aug 1, 1916 in Advanced Furniture Courses, Courses | No Comments

Most chair making courses involve making a turned chair. My course is unique in teaching a jointed chair and allowing you to work at your own pace.

Chair making is rightly known as the acme of the furniture maker’s craft. Not only must the chair look good from all directions it must also be strong and comfortable. On this course we look at these issues when making a copy of the famous chair made by Vidar Malmsten in the seventies. Whilst making the chair you will learn many skills with wider applications; forming complex curves, cutting compound angled joints and using a detailed workshop drawing to control a project.

This is an unusual course as it combines teaching sessions with work in your own workshop. So if you want to take your woodwork to the top level and to have the freedom of doing some of the work at home this is the course for you.

Dovetailing and drawer fitting

Dovetailing and drawer fitting

Posted by on Aug 3, 1916 in Advanced Furniture Courses, Courses | No Comments

Five days.

This challenging course is for those who really want to understand how perfect drawers are made and fitted; the sort of drawers that close with a sigh and fit so perfectly that one drawer comes out when you push the other in!

Veneering and laminating

Veneering and laminating

Posted by on Aug 5, 1916 in Advanced Furniture Courses, Courses | No Comments

Five days.

This course can open up new areas of furniture making for you. Perhaps you are getting a little bored with straight lines and the timbers available form the local wood yard. Being able to create curves and use veneers will increase tremendously the range of furniture you can make and the surface decoration you can use. Once you have been on the veneering and lamination course your only limitation will be your imagination!

Special tuition

Special tuition

Posted by on Sep 1, 1916 in Courses, Special Tuition | No Comments

If you can’t find the exact course you want this may be the option for you – a bespoke course, designed to develop particular skills or to complete that special project.

Woodwork afternoon class

Woodwork afternoon class

Posted by on Oct 1, 1916 in Courses, Weekly Classes | No Comments

Aimed at those with spare time during the day (1.30 – 4.00pm), this project based class caters for all skill levels.

Woodwork evening class

Woodwork evening class

Posted by on Oct 3, 1916 in Courses, Weekly Classes | No Comments

Intended for those who are busy during the day, this 6.30-9.00pm class caters for all skill levels. Beginners would start with tool sharpening and use while the more experienced would work on their own projects.

Cabinet-making techniques

Cabinet-making techniques

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments

Five day course.

This course is an introduction to contemporary cabinet work such as would be used in making kitchen cabinets.

Hardware fitting day

Hardware fitting day

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments

This course will give you the skills to accurately fit cabinet hardware to add the precision finishing touch to your furniture.