Table Making Course

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Improve your furniture making skills

This improvers’ course is aimed at students who already have a good understanding of basic furniture making skills.  Students make an elegant table in Ash using hand joints and wood machines. Peter Sefton designed this intensive course to follow on from the beginners’ course, however, it is suitable for students who already possess good furniture making skills and are practised in tool care and sharpening.

Course suitability

Beginners X
Intermediate √
Advanced √

Peter’s knowledge and experience is fantastic. He is a superb teacher and has no issue with providing the student with knowledge. Each piece of machinery was fully described, including the pros and cons in a very professional and unbiased way. Peter then demonstrated what to do and we were then let loose, always under the watchful eye of Peter.

Richard Leppard, Table Making Course

You can book and pay for our short courses via our secure online booking system.

Course overview

Why choose this course?

The improvers’ course offers students an opportunity to learn the skills needed to make an elegant table using traditional hand joints as well as basic wood machines.  The table will be made from Ash, mortise and tenoned, with tapered legs.

Making the table introduces students to the following skills; selection and use of solid timber, accurate marking, joint cutting, gluing, cramping, and sanding.  You are also shown how to use buttons to allow for timber movement.  The table top will be router moulded and the table will be cleaned up and finished with a durable oil-based finish on the top and a French polish-based finish on the under frame.

There’s no need to buy any tools to come on the course; we have a complete, individual quality tool kit for each student to use whilst on our short courses, but if you do want to bring your existing tools, they should be very sharp and ready to use – please note this intensive course does not allow time for tool sharpening and tuning.  Participants will be given practical demonstrations and shown the quick and professional methods used to produce quality handmade wooden furniture.  Peter teaches the course; small groups ensure plenty of hands-on tuition for every student.

Impartial advice is available to help students with any problems they may have encountered at home, as well as on tool selection and buying.

What will I achieve?

Students are taught the skills needed to produce a quality hand-crafted piece of fine furniture.  Practical demonstrations and one-to-one tuition provide participants with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to attempt more advanced furniture making projects.  You’ll also take home your own hand-crafted table.

Do you offer a student discount?

Whilst on the course students will receive a 5% discount code for use at Peter’s tool shop www.woodworkersworkshop.co.uk students are able to try out, test and buy woodworking tools and equipment – try before you buy.

Course Content

Induction and welcome to the school

Health and safety in the workshop

  • Safe use of hand and basic machine tools

Hand skills

  • Reading drawings and preparing cutting lists whilst considering timber movement
  • Accurate marking and measuring to form accurate carcass constructions
  • Cutting joints by hand
  • Appropriate use of face side, face edge and timber selection
  • Using hand planes to produce perfect square and true edge joints
  • Using clamps and cramps for butt joints and frame constructions
  • Sanding techniques on flat surfaces, mouldings and end grain including damping
  • Oil finishing and Shellac sealing and waxing to give professional results

Hand cut joints and techniques

  • Hand planing rub joints and biscuit joints
  • Haunched mortise and tenons by hand, mortiser and router
  • Making buttons and router mortising
  • Gluing, cramping, and squaring avoiding twist and pigeon toeing

Machine skills

  • Narrow Band Saw for tapers and tenons
  • Biscuit joints for location and strength
  • Hollow Chisel Mortiser for full depth and haunch mortising
  • Router Table for edge profiles and detail moulding
  • Hand-held router for small, plunged mortises
  • Random Orbit Sander using discs and Abranet

Do I need to bring any tools?

You do not have to bring any tools with you, as we have a complete, individual quality tool kit for each student to use whilst on our short courses.  However, if you do already have them, you will gain much more out of the course.

What facilities are available?

Students will need to provide their own lunch each day. Tea and coffee are provided by the school. It is only a 3-minute drive to the town centre, where you will be able to buy lunch from the bakery or supermarkets on the High Street – there’s also a great fish and chip shop.

Where can I stay during the course?

To find out more about accommodation click here

Are you under 18?

The school regrets that we are unable to accept applications from anyone under the age of 18 at the start of their course.

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Richard Leppard

Peter’s knowledge and experience is fantastic

Peter’s knowledge and experience is fantastic. He is a superb teacher and has no issue with providing the student with knowledge. Each piece of machinery was fully described, including the pros and cons in a very professional and unbiased way. Peter then demonstrated what to do and we were then let loose, always under the watchful eye of Peter.

10 years ago

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