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Course Dates

• 13th-17th Feb 2023


£720 including all materials to make and finish the box


5 Days - 8:30am-5:30pm

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Improve Your Furniture Making Skills Advanced Course – Make a Mitred and Veneered Box

This improvers’ course at Peter Sefton Furniture School is aimed at students who already have a foundation in basic furniture making skills. Make a stylish, small accurately mitred box with a hinged lid and veneered and inlaid top, using hand skills

This course is suitable for …

Beginners X … you’ll need to have mastered basic skills
Intermediate √
Advanced √

Course Overview

• Why choose this course?

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.

The improvers’ course offers students an opportunity to learn the skills needed to make a mitred and veneer keyed box with a hinged burr veneered top. This project is designed to fine tune your hand skills under Peter’s informative guidance with a mixture of solid and veneered work.

Making the box introduces students to the following skills; selection and use of solid timber, burr veneer and inlays, accurate marking, joint cutting, gluing, cramping and cleaning down veneers. You’ll receive hands-on tuition in the accurate use of the router table for cutting grooves and rebates and expand your skills to individually fit hinges to form a stunning box.

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 that 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 boxes. Peter teaches the course; small groups ensure plenty of hands-on tuition for every student.

Impartial advice is available to help with any problems students may have encountered at home, as well as on tool selection and buying. Students are able to try out, test and buy woodworking tools and equipment from Peter’s tool shop with a 5% discount – try before you buy …

• What will I achieve?

Students are taught the skills needed to cut, strengthen and glue up accurate mitres, lay burr veneers and fit hinges. 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 gain a fuller understanding of fine furniture construction and timber selection as well as take home your own hand-crafted beautiful box.

Course Content

• Induction and Welcome to the School
• Health and Safety in the Workshop
o Safe use of hand and basic machine tools
• Hand Skills
o Reading drawings and preparing cutting lists whilst considering timber movement
o Accurate marking and measuring to form accurate mitred constructions
o Appropriate use of face side, face edge and timber selection
o Using hand tools and machines to produce perfect mitres
o Cutting in veneer keys to strengthen mitred corners
• Veneering Techniques
o Selecting and flattening veneers
o Cutting and book matching burr veneers
o Laying and gluing veneers
o Dealing with holes in burrs
o Fitting an inlay around the veneer
• Machine Skills
o Using the router table to cut grooves and rebates
o Using the router to cut the box in half
• Hand Finishing Skills
o Scraping and sanding techniques on solid and veneered surfaces including damping
o Shellac sealing and waxing to give professional results

• No Tools Required
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.

Where to Stay
Please see the Find Us page of our website and then click on Accommodation

• Booking Info
Duration and Facilities: The course runs over 5 days, 8:30am to 5:30pm with 1 hour for lunch. 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 …

How do I apply for any of your Courses? First, please contact us to confirm there is space on the course either by phoning 01684 591014 or emailing Once a place is confirmed, please complete the Course Booking Form and forward it with your full course fee to the School. We accept payment by  Bank Transfer and accept debit and credit cards (please email to request an e-invoice to be emailed to you, where payment can be made securely by credit or debit card).

Don’t forget you will receive a 5% discount code for use at Peter’s tool shop whilst on your course. The School regrets that we are unable to accept applications from anyone under the age of 18 at the start of their course.