Furniture Making Course: Fundamentals of Furniture Making - Part 2

Skill Level: Intermediate  (Is this course right for me?)

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This is the second part of our beginner’s furniture making course. It is designed to extend your knowledge and practical experience of making high quality furniture. I will introduce you to additional cabinet-making tools and show you how to use them effectively. You will test your new skills by creating your own wall hung mirror frame. This will be a very personal piece. Not only will you craft it by hand, using traditional techniques, but you will choose your own wood from a selection of locally sourced native timbers.

You don’t need to buy any tools as we provide a complete, high quality tool kit for each student to use during training.

This course is aimed at those who have completed the Fundamentals of Furniture Making Part 1, or who have an equivalent skill-level. Part 2 will help you develop a greater depth of knowledge and practical experience in hand-working skills.

If you haven’t trained with me before and would like some guidance on whether this course is right for you please get in touch by emailing me at or calling 078 11 262360.

The course is run in my workshop on the Surrey / Hampshire border, just outside the Georgian town of Farnham. I undertake all the teaching myself and, to ensure individual attention, there are never more than five students.

Part 2 of the Fundamentals of Furniture Making runs over four days, either over two weekends, or a single block of four days. A range of dates are available throughout the year. Please see our Course Booking page for availability. A description of the course is below.

Four Day Course

Students will be given a strong grounding in:
  • Selecting timber
  • Woodworking joint selection in furniture: their strengths and weaknesses
  • Sharpening and use of chisels and spoke shaves
  • Preparing materials
  • Setting and marking out joints
  • Sharpening: chisels and spoke shaves
  • Using chisels and spoke shaves
  • Setting up and using rebate and shoulder planes
  • Use tenon and crosscut saws
  • Techniques for sawing straight consistently
  • How to work with ‘difficult’ wood
  • Care of fine furniture: choosing the right wood finish
  • Choosing and buying hand tools

At the end of this course you will have gained the knowledge and confidence to continue practising and refining your skills in joint marking and cutting, and know how to use hand tools safely. You will also take home your own hand-crafted mirror frame made from locally sourced timber.

Following the course you will receive an email with a range of information to help you take your next steps. For example, advice about buying and maintaining tools and details of suggested suppliers. We will also include plans and a materials list for a project using the skills you have learned during your course. This will help you put your new knowledge into practice.

Course duration: 4 days.

Courses run from 9am to 5pm. All tools and materials are provided.

Course fee: £545 (materials included).

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We provide tea and coffee throughout the course but you will need to arrange your own lunch. I recommend that you bring a packed lunch each day. However we are only a few minutes by car from Farnham town centre if you need anything.

If you want accommodation, there are many excellent hotels and B&Bs in the area. Click this link to see a selection.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications from anyone under the age of 18 at the start of their course.

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T: 0800 975 3664
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Aidan McEvoy Fine Furniture
Willey Park Farm
Alton Road

Farnham, Surrey
GU10 5ER

Local Accommodation

Here are details of local accommodation for course participants. Please note, for preferential rates, course participants are required to book directly with the accommodation-providers via telephone or email, mentioning the Aidan McEvoy Furniture Courses.

Farnham House Hotel ***
A charming country house hotel with 24 en-suite rooms, restaurant and bar, peacefully set and only a 2-minute walk from the workshop.
Alton Road (A31)
Farnham, Surrey
GU10 5ER
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 716908

Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel ***
Beautiful 17th-century period building. Restaurant, bar, lounge and parking. Central Farnham, with 5-minute walk to train station and 10-minute drive from the Workshop.
The Borough
Farnham, Surrey
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 715237

Frampton Cottage B&B, Crondall
Lovely secluded room in charming cottage, including terrace. Beautiful views, in quiet village. With two friendly chocolate labs. 10-minute drive from Workshop.
Frampton Cottage
Crondall, Surrey
GU10 5QU
Tel: +44 (0)1252 850792

The Plume of Feathers, Crondall
A 16-century Inn with 3 en-suite rooms, situated in a bustling pub with restaurant. 10-minute drive from Workshop.
The Borough
Crondall, Surrey
GU10 5NT
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 850245

If you would like any further information on local accommodation, please feel free to contact us.

Is this course right for me?

Intermediate Courses

Intermediate courses are suitable for those that have completed a beginners course with me or have acquired similar skills by other means.

Attendees of intermediate level courses should

  • be familiar with hand planes including their sharpening
  • be able to achieve flat, straight and square with a hand plane
  • have basic knowledge of marking tools

Still not sure which course is right for you?

If you haven’t trained with me before and would like some guidance on which course is right for you please get in touch by emailing me at or calling 07811 262360.