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Course Dates

14th-17th Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update
New short course dates for August 2020 onwards, will be published in June 2020


£540 including all materials to make the tray


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

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Learn About Veneering and Laminating

Students are invited to explore the variations of colour and the design possibilities afforded by learning how to veneer and laminate a tray in Walnut and Sycamore

This course is suitable for …

Beginners √
Intermediate √
Advanced √

Course Overview

• Why choose this course?

Peter Sefton’s four day veneering and laminating course has been designed for home-based woodworkers. ‘Less is more’ with this course – students are asked to bring existing rules, straight edges and knives and the Furniture School will supply the rest!

Practical demonstrations show how veneering and laminating can be used to produce beautiful effects. Students practice their own skills by making an elegant tray which is taken home at the end of the course.

Peter teaches the course himself; small groups ensure plenty of hands-on tuition for every student. Peter Sefton has extensive experience in this field of fine furniture making and is on hand at all times to offer advice and support to all the students.

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.

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?

You will gain a thorough understanding of a wide range of techniques from flat cold cramp veneering to vacuum bag laminating. You will be able to select, cut and tape veneers in various patterns and will have the knowledge and experience to design, make and use laminate formers to create your own curves. You’ll also take home your own hand-crafted veneered and laminated tray at the end of your course.

Course Content

• Induction and Welcome to the School
• Health and Safety in the Workshop
o Storage and safe use of glues, presses and cutting equipment
• Hand Skills
o Accurate marking, measuring and cutting of veneers
• Veneering Techniques to include
o Slip, book, end butt matching, cross banding and taping methods
o Cold cauls
o Platen Press veneering
o Vacuum Bag veneering
o Low voltage heating
• Adhesives
o Heat loss, evaporation and chemical reaction
o Gravity feed rollers and using veneering glues
o Glue selection and theory in the classroom including a hand-out and buying guide
• Veneers
o How veneers are produced and sold including burrs, rotary cut, crown cut and quarter sawn
o Storage, selection and flattening veneers to produce quality furniture
o Theory including video, hand-outs and a guide to suppliers
• Curved work Technical Theory
o Steam bending
o Coopering
o Brick work
o Kurf bending
o Including theory, hand-outs and notes
• Laminating and Forming
o Designing and mould making
o Selection of materials – constructional veneer, decorative veneer, bendy MDF and plywood and cutting laminates
o Use of cramps
o Use of male and female formers
o Use of Platen Press
o Use of Vacuum press
• Veneering
o Preparation of ground work
o Pre and post lipping techniques
o Using veneers to enhance design
o Pattern matching and repeat patterns
o Inlays and bandings
o Identifying and repairing blisters

• 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.

• 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 4 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 50% deposit to the School. We accept payment by Bank Transfer and accept Debit and Credit cards.

The balance will be due 6 weeks prior to the start of the course and if booking less than 6 weeks in advance, the total course fee will be due. 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.