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Intermediate Furniture Making (short course)

Why study this course?

This course is designed to extend furniture-making skills that have been acquired on the Introduction to Furniture Making course. Highlights of your practical hands-on sessions include the making of cutting lists, surface preparation and hand finishing.


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This course is designed to build your confidence in using hand tools, give you an understanding of construction and introduce you to basic safe use of fixed machinery and portable power tools.

The project will be within everyone’s capabilities, but be challenging enough to stretch those woodworkers who have already built good basic skills. There will be a set project like the Introduction course, but with some room for your own interpretation.

It will give you the opportunity to:

  • acquire the new skills and techniques necessary to be competent in furniture making
  • undertake hands-on practical sessions to create a finished product
  • build upon your previous knowledge 

It will involve all stages of production from:

  • making cutting lists
  • preparing materials
  • adapting/reading drawings to construction
  • surface preparation
  • hand finishing

You will be producing work that you can take away at the end of the course.

The course is aimed at individuals who have completed our Introduction to Furniture Making course and/or Making Furniture with Power Tools course.

It may also be suitable for people who have previous experience in woodworking, cabinet making or joinery and have the core skills to be able to make pieces of furniture to a good standard.

"Kate Payne was a great tutor with huge experience and I am very grateful for her patience throughout the course. The facilities were excellent and well maintained."

"I learned a lot from this course and enjoyed it immensely. Kate Payne is a wonderful teacher who is also patient and insightful."

"The course was great, very informative, flexible and the teaching was always done in a nurturing way."

"I absolutely LOVED this course – Kate Payne is an amazing and inspiring teacher. Even though many of the practices and machinery were new to me, I felt like I learned a lot in a short space of time. The woodmill is incredible and I felt very fortunate to be able to do a course there."

Course dates 30 September 2017 to 10 February 2018 (no classes 28.10.17, 16, 23, 30.12.17 and 06.01.18)
Length One day a week for fifteen sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11am to 5pm 
Maximum class size 13
Contact hours 75

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

In addition to the course fee there will be a charge for materials. The precise amount of this charge will depend on the project undertaken.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

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When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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