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Course Dates

7th-11th Feb 2022 (Full)


£720 including all materials to make and finish the table


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

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Improve Your Furniture Making Skills Advanced Course – Make a Table

This improvers’ course at Peter Sefton Furniture School 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

This course is suitable for …

Beginners X … you’ll need basic skills to get the most from the course
Intermediate √
Advanced √

Course Overview

• Why choose this course?

Peter Sefton designed this intensive course to follow on from the beginners’ course, however, it is also 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 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 tabletop 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 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 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. 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 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.

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 carcass constructions
o Cutting joints by hand
o Appropriate use of face side, face edge and timber selection
o Using hand planes to produce perfect square and true edge joints
o Using clamps and cramps for butt joints and frame constructions
o Sanding techniques on flat surfaces, mouldings and end grain including damping
o Oil finishing and Shellac sealing and waxing to give professional results
• Hand Cut Joints and Techniques
o Hand planing rub joints and biscuit joints
o Haunched mortise and tenons by hand, mortiser and router
o Making buttons and router mortising
o Gluing, cramping and squaring avoiding twist and pigeon toeing
• Machine Skills
o Narrow Band Saw for tapers and tenons
o Biscuit joints for location and strength
o Hollow Chisel Mortiser for full depth and haunch mortising
o Router Table for edge profiles and detail moulding
o Hand held router for small plunged mortises
o Random Orbit Sander using discs and Abranet

• 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 Then 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.