Furniture Making Course: Fundamentals of Furniture Making - Part 2

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

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This beginner’s furniture making course is designed to extend your knowledge and practical experience of making high quality furniture. I will introduce you to 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.

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
  • 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: £595 (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.

Here is a summary of course dates:

  • 01-02 June & 08-09 June 2019 (full)
  • 22-23 February & 29 February-01 March 2020 (full)
  • 06-07 June & 13-14 June 2020 (full)
  • 11-12 July & 18-19 July 2020 (full)
  • If you would like to be notified when new course dates are available, you can do so via our Newsletter here.

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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
    GU9 7NN
    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?

    Beginner Courses

    Beginner courses are aimed at the complete novice. No previous woodworking experience is required. Beginner courses are also suitable for those who have done some woodworking in the past and that want to refresh their knowledge and skills.

    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.