12 week Advanced Furniture Making

This course is for intermediate students wishing to develop existing skills to a professional standard. We ask that applicants can demonstrate that they have experience equivalent to level 3. The course takes the student through hand and machine skill development, cabinet making, fine drawer making and fitting, chair making, batch production and a personal project. The course is run to simulate a commercial environment and has the same 8.30- 5.30 working day as all our courses giving around 400 hours of supervised workshop time.

We aim to provide an environment for a steady pace of work and attention to detail, gradually building confidence and speed.

The facilities are the same as for the furniture making course but a greater degree of independence will be expected. Regular reviews will be held with the instructor to discuss assessments of set piece projects.

These will include:

  • Small dovetailed box
  • Footstool
  • Console table with drawer
  • Dining chair
  • Wine table (group project in batch production)

Through this phase of the course weekly theory seminars will be held in:

  • Techniques including producing complex curves, decorative joints, spindle turning and jig making
  • Drawing, including an introduction to CAD
  • Project design and development working towards the final piece
  • Business studies relating to small commercial workshop operation

The final project is to be conceived as an exhibition piece. It will be no bigger than the workbench and aims to display a consistent approach to design and exacting craftsmanship. It will be developed through the initial phases of the course using sketches, models and mock-ups through to full-size drawings. It will also include project planning and costing. Four weeks allows for a concentrated time to make a gallery standard piece. This together with your set pieces means you will leave with a portfolio of work.

Course Fee

The fee for the 12 week Advanced Furniture Making course is £5,950 (Jan 2022).

Students benefit from the good discounts we receive from our suppliers. All pieces you produce other than the personal project piece are included in the fee.

A 5% discount of the course fee will be awarded to anyone who has previously enrolled on the 12 week Furniture Making course.

Bursary assisted places are available for this course, please click here for further information.

Course Dates

17 January – 8 April 2022