Start dates: January, May, September

The 12 week course is intended as an introduction to furniture making and covers all the basics. After the course you only need practice, determination, and imagination.

Some 12 week students have gone on to set themselves up in business – however, our longer courses are more ideally suited to this. You will have your own handbook throughout the course that you can take away afterwards with important information and contacts. This will also plot your progress on the course. If time allows, a small project may be started.

We teach, at every stage, the attention to detail required to make beautiful furniture, but we teach every student according to their individual needs, and as the student numbers are limited we can really pay attention to everyone’s needs. After all, everyone is different and so are their requirements!

Hand tool selection – New, old, tuning and sharpening. Use of hand tools and accurate measuring

Glues – Different types, strength comparison, and correct uses.

Abrasives – Different types and correct uses

Machinery – Maintenance, identification, and applications

Health & safety

Hand power tools – Routers, router tables, biscuit jointers, domino jointers, sander, drills

Joints – Cutting, assembly, identification, construction

Cutting lists

Ordering timber – Costing and estimating waste

Timber study – Movement, moisture content, drying, defects, and conversion

External timber yard visit

Finishing – Types, applications, polishing oils, bleach, colouring

Depending on the project you choose, these topics may be studied in addition to core topics, subject to availability and schedules

Templates, jigs

Drawing – Sketching, working drawings, rods, CAD

Veneering – Selection, storage, preparation, hand pressing, vacuum bag

Laminating – Cutting, thicknessing, invisible glue lines

Curves – Steam bending theory, coopering, laminating

Course cost

12 week course cost: £7,500

Deposit: £3,000

Remaining balance due on first day of course

Other costs

A budget for tools should be allowed, we can advise on what is needed

A budget should also be allowed for materials for your own projects. Materials are provided for small samples and test pieces


Our student intakes are in January, May, and September. Occasionally we can accept students outside of these dates, please email us to enquire about this

Teaching is 9am until 4.30pm

Some out-of-hours and weekend practice time may be available, subject to terms and conditions

12 Week Furniture Makers’ Course