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Improve your woodworking and furniture making skills

If you have been thinking about pursuing your passion for woodworking and improving your furniture making skills, why not sign up for one of our short courses including beginners, routing, French polishing and more. To check the latest course dates available please visit the website.

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If you have any questions about any of our short courses, please email sarah@peterseftonfurnitureschool.com or call 01684 591014

Beginners' Course

Learn the essential skills needed to use furniture making tools – our beginners’ course will introduce you to the importance of sharpness and how to sharpen hand tools, as well as accurate joint cutting techniques whilst making a dovetailed and tenoned English Sweet Chestnut letter rack.

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Improvers' Course - Box Makin

This improvers' course 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. Suitable for students who already have good furniture making skills and are practised in tool care and sharpening. Designed to follow on from the beginners' course.

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Improvers' Course - Table Making

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 also suitable for students who already possess good furniture making skills and are practised in tool care and sharpening.

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Routing Course

Learn essential skills you’ll need to use hand-held and table-mounted routers; understand the importance of router and cutter selection as well as accurate and safe setting up, whilst making a jointed tool tray. The third day teaches more advanced routing skills and techniques including jig design and making, tool care and curved work.

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French Polishing Course

This short course is ideal for people who would like to learn how to finish furniture using traditional wood finishing and French polishing techniques. The course is also suitable for restorers and owners of antique furniture as well as hobbyists. This two-day practical course is delivered by a professional polisher with over 45 years of experience in the trade.

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