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Making Furniture with Power Tools (short course)

Why study this course?

This structured, intermediate level course concentrates on the use of portable power tool technology to make furniture in solid timber manufactured boards. It will enable you to utilise the many portable power tools available for quick, accurate working and, for those already working in the field, to improve competitive pricing.


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In order to build the confidence needed to use power tools, this short course incorporates:

  • appropriate construction techniques 
  • materials and jointing possibilities 
  • range of tools, tooling, accessories, capabilities and limitations
  • measuring and marking out for power tools 
  • safe use and working 
  • adjustment and loading of tooling 
  • advice on purchasing tools and materials

Within this course there will be a set project to make which will be taken away at the end of the course. Once this is completed, there will also be the opportunity to work on short individual personal projects.

Teaching is for the most part workshop based, with practical demonstrations and handouts. There is regular one to one discussion, planning and feedback.

Access to the workshop will be from 10am until 4pm with morning and afternoon taught sessions. Class sizes are kept small to enable all participants to receive individual guidance.

The course is designed to broaden understanding of the subject and materials, building from initial tool use sessions to give participants the necessary skills to make fitted or free standing furniture using power tools.

The course is aimed at individuals with some experience of woodwork hand tool use who have a desire to build their own furniture or others who may already have worked in furniture making or joinery and wish to develop their knowledge and skills further.

"We went through a number of relatively complex tasks, and all were covered very clearly, with advice on how to use them in other contexts."

Course dates Not currently available
Length One week
Day and time Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm 
Maximum class size 15
Contact hours 25

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.

The cost of materials is included in the course fees.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

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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