Furniture Making Course: Make a Keepsake Box

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

Learn how to make a keepsake box like this

Learn how to make a keepsake box, as featured on More4’s Real Craft Series. This box was originally designed to test the aptitude and skill-level of potential apprentices and employees. This tradition still exists today - I made a box like this when I began my training. Creating the box involves a wide range of techniques and processes that are all essential to fine furniture making. For example wood selection, material planning and preparation, creating dovetail joints, fielded panelling work, plus preparation of wood finishes and oiling.

I teach the course myself and limit the group to a maximum of five students to ensure I can provide individual tuition time.

You do not need to buy any tools or equipment as all hand tools and materials are provided.

At the end of this course you will have gained the knowledge, experience and confidence to select wood, plan and prepare materials, mark and cut dovetail joints and to complete the wood finishing, including oiling.

You will also take home your own beautiful hand-made box created from ash. Ash is a greatly undervalued wood with some wonderful qualities. This sustainable timber offers varied tones and patterning. For example rippled ash has silvered waves within its grain, while the dark on light stripes of olive ash, can create an almost zebra stripe effect. Using ash allows students to create boxes with great character while learning to work with the challenges that grain variations create.

This course is aimed at students who have undertaken the Fundamentals of Furniture Making Part 1 and Part 2, or who have the following skills:

  • Handling, tuning and sharpening of hand planes
  • Handling, using and sharpening of chisels
  • Handling and using spoke shaves
  • Knowing how to use tenon, crosscut and copping saw
  • Knowing how to measure ‘flat, square and straight’ to a fine furniture standard (i.e. to a precision of less than 1mm)
  • Knowing how to measure and cut joints
  • Course duration: 5 days

    Course fee: £695

Keepsake box open

If you need advice on whether this course is right for you please get in touch by emailing me at or calling 07811 262360.

Courses run from Monday 9am to Friday 5pm. We provide tea, fresh coffee and refreshments during the course. Lunch is not provided, I recommend you bring a packed lunch, however we are only a few minutes by car from the Farnham town centre.

Accommodation is not included, but there are many excellent hotels and B&BS in the area. Click this link to see a selection offering special rates.

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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
M: 07811 262360
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.

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Advanced Courses

Advanced courses are suitable for those that have completed an intermediate-level course with me or have acquired similar skills by other means.

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.