Introduction to Furniture Making (short course)

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Why study this course?

This one-day-a-week, 15-week-long course is an introduction to basic furniture making and aims to give you a useful grounding in the field. You'll be taught at The Cass with its long history of teaching furniture and upholstery courses, where you'll explore the safe and correct use of a range of hand tools, different construction techniques and basic furniture forms.

More about this course

The course is designed to broaden your understanding of the subject and materials, building from initial tool use sessions to give you the necessary skills to design and make your own furniture.

You'll learn about:

  • safe and effective use and maintenance of a broad range of hand tools
  • construction techniques, including manipulating, joining and jointing timber and timber-based materials
  • basic furniture forms, frames and carcases
  • surface preparation and finishing

Class sizes are kept small to enable all participants to receive individual guidance. Teaching is for the most part workshop-based, with practical demonstrations and handouts. There is regular one-to-one discussion, planning and feedback.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

The course is aimed at individuals with no prior experience 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.

What our students say

"It was absolutely excellent. Our teacher couldn't have been better. Would definitely recommend."

"It was a fantastic introduction to furniture making led by a professional and knowledgeable practitioner. Great access to tools and equipment. I had very little experience of fine woodwork beforehand and learned a great deal more than I anticipated."

"A very enjoyable and rewarding course. I really learnt lots and got practical experience."

"Matt is an excellent tutor, he is really supportive and totally understanding of his students. He teaches the stuff you can’t find online, how to fix things when they go wrong. I found it one of the best experiences of my recent life and recommend it to anybody."

"Matt was an awesome teacher, very friendly and great at teaching his course."

Course dates

Course dates

27 September 2019 to 7 February 2020

(no classes 18 October 2019, 25 October 2019, 20 December 2019, 27 December 2019 and 3 January 2020)


28 September 2019 to 8 February 2020

(no classes 19 October 2019, 26 October 2019, 21 December 2019, 28 December 2019 and 4 January 2020)

Length One day a week for fifteen sessions
Day and time

Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday, 11.30am to 5.30pm

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 (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 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 members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

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

What's included in the price?

Material costs of £25 are included in the fees.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

To book on to one of our short courses, click the apply button or visit our eShop.

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.