Events Archive

Frederick Parker Collection Study Day

Dr. John Cross and Christopher Claxton Stevens will be our hosts for the BAFRA Study Day at the Frederick Parker Chair Collection, housed at the London Metropolitan University’s Archives and Special Collections Gallery, Old Castle Street, London E1.

The study day will give delegates the rare opportunity to tour the collection of around 200 British chairs to close-study and discuss some of the most interesting historic chairs of specific interest on the theme of restoration and design.

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Chippendale Study Day

BAFRA will be holding an exclusive event to join in with the celebration of 300 years of Thomas Chippendale. Our study day will be hosted by renowned experts Dr. Adam Bowett and James Lomax, co-curators of the Leeds City Museum major exhibition that explores Chippendale’s life, work and legacy. The day combines lectures, a guided tour of the exhibition and a visit to Temple Newsam House with its fine furniture collections.

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Colouring Clinic

BAFRA are pleased to confirm their next training day will be held by Jim Broughton and his colleague Mark Pargeter of “Alexander George Fine Antique Furniture Ltd” on the 4th November 2017
Following on from their previously well attended colouring days, accredited member Jim and Mark will be holding a “Colouring Clinic” at their workshops in Oxfordshire.

Delegates will bring along a small object (chair , small table, box etc) that require help with the finishing process. We will cover all aspects of the finishing / colouring process as required.

The day will be very informal, starting at 10.00 am and finish at 4.30 pm and you will need to bring your own lunch.

The cost to BAFRA Accredited members is free, all other membership categories £10 with £50 for members of the public.

Jim is a commercial antique restorer / conservator with over thirty five years at the bench and is an accredited BAFRA member. He started his career as an apprentice cabinet maker aged sixteen and then moved into restoration shortly after, working for the renowned Witney Antiques for many years. For the last twenty-five years, Jim has run his own business and has taught many Students along the way, including teaching one day a week at the old Rycotewood College in Thame, Oxfordshire. His most recent trainee (and now business partner) Mark Pargeter has been with Jim for ten years now and is a highly skilled restorer in his own right.. Jim and Mark will demonstrate colouring techniques which they use every day in the commercial restoration of antique furniture. This will include the use of acid, bleach, water colours and earth pigments. Students will then have the opportunity to try out these techniques. Materials will be provided but if you have your own colouring kit, please bring it along (it is always interesting to see what other people use).

Venue:

Wisteria Studios, Littleworth, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN78ED

PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE DIRECT WITH HEAD OFFICE – 01939 210826 or email [email protected]

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Gilded Frame Restoration Day

The day will incorporate basic frame restoration and touching on more complex mould making for more advanced restoration and will cover restoring new areas in gold leaf (if the frame is gilded!).

It will be advisable for attendees to bring their own small damaged frames to work on.

All materials will be available on the day.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Parking is free on Saturdays!

ALL BOOKINGS TO BE MADE VIA HEAD OFFICE – 01939 210826 or [email protected]

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Konig repair course- Part two

This course will cover repairs to lacquer as well as queries regarding surfaces brought in by attendees. For anyone who has experience of using this system it will allow questions to be raised about any problems to the course trainer, Richard Iles. Lunch will be provided.

All booking should be through BAFRA Head Office.

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RESTORING KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT CASES with Bruce Luckhurst

BAFRA TRAINING DAY AT  THE PIANO SHOP, ERIDGE, KENT by kind permission of Nigel Scaife and in conjunction with The Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education (The Richard Burnett Heritage Collection). 

SYLLABUS

  • FINE TUNING TOOLS FOR RESTORATION – Moulding, rebate and block planes. Cranked (dog leg) and paring chisels.
  • RESTORING SPLIT, CUPPED OR WARPED PANELS – Jigs and techniques.
  • CONSOLIDATING AND REPAIRING GROUNDWORK
  • REVIVING AND RESTORING COATINGS

 Please bring a packed lunch. Coffee and Registration 10.00 a.m.  

Please bring any restoration tools that require tuning and projects for discussion/ advice.

 

Contact BAFRA Head office to enrol

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Demystifying Dovetails – Making a Dovetailed Drawer

27 – 31 August 2018 (including the bank holiday Monday)

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £590

Duration : 5 Days

Other : It is not necessary to have taken the JOINTS WEEK prior to this course, but if you have done so, on this course you will be able to make a DRAWER to fit the table you made on that course. Please bring your table.  Ideally students have some basic knowledge of  sharpening tools as this does not form part of the course

This is not just cutting dovetails for sake of it, it’s more about training your hands and learning core cabinetmaking skills, cutting dovetails happens to be a very good way of judging how you’re progressing in this quest which ultimately just relies on good, solid technique and an in-depth understanding of the process and the tools that are required for success. Having said that though, if you make furniture, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the design is, or how perfectly the veneers have been matched, if there’s a drawer to be opened you will, without question, ultimately be judged by how lovely your dovetails are.

Dovetails are a wonderfully elegant and efficient solution for jointing pieces of wood along their edges and, being a mechanical joint, are amazingly strong, even without the addition of glue. There is perhaps good reason for judging furniture-making expertise by the quality of your dovetails, perfect dovetails rely on accurate planning, skilful sawing and precise chisel work – the three main hand skills that need to be mastered by the cabinetmaker.

Over the many years that I have been teaching dovetailing, I have analysed, refined and simplified the process to make it easier for everyone to conquer this timeless joint. Combine technique with a bit of focussed practice and you are guaranteed the silly grin and warm, fuzzy feeling that I find always accompanies the completion of a crisp set of dovetails. No need for jigs or confusing, noisy, router systems, mastering basic skills, will inevitably result in perfect dovetails, straight off the saw.

Accurately making and fitting a drawer is just an extension of the precision required to cut dovetails, and a well thought out design and thorough understanding of the process makes piston-fit drawers attainable rather than just an aspiration.

Your drawer will be completed with the accurate fitting of a ‘till’ lock, letting in a hand-made escutcheon and a final flourish with a crisp line of inlay around the edge of the drawer front.

What You Will Learn


  • SHARPENING REFRESHER – As always, sharp tools are the key to success
  • THE TOOLS THAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  • MAINTAINING A SUPER SHARP SAW – Blunt saw = Dodgy dovetails
  • MASTERING THE DOVETAIL SAW – Tricks and exercises to help you saw straight
  • HOW TO TUNE AND USE A CUTTING GAUGE
  • TIMBER PREPARATION – Perfect dovetails need perfectly flat wood
  • THROUGH DOVETAILS – Often thought of as the simplest but in some ways the hardest
  • LAPPED DOVETAILS – Not as tricky as you might think and one half of this joint is hidden!
  • HOUNDSTOOTH DOVETAILS – A dovetail variation that is guaranteed to impress
  • HAND-CUT GROOVES AND BEADINGS
  • JOINTING A DRAWER BOTTOM – Includes cutting tongues on the router table
  • PRECISION FITTING OF A DRAWER INTO ITS NEW HOME
  • FITTING A ‘TILL’ LOCK
  • MAKING AND FITTING AN INLAYED ESCUTCHEON
  • INLAYING A LINE AROUND AN EDGE
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Demystifying Dovetails – Making a Dovetailed Drawer

31 July – 4 August 2017

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £590

Duration : 5 Days

Other : Ideally some basic knowledge of  sharpening tools as this does not form part of the course

This is not just cutting dovetails for sake of it, it’s more about training your hands and learning core cabinetmaking skills, cutting dovetails happens to be a very good way of judging how you’re progressing in this quest which ultimately just relies on good, solid technique and an in-depth understanding of the process and the tools that are required for success. Having said that though, if you make furniture, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the design is, or how perfectly the veneers have been matched, if there’s a drawer to be opened you will, without question, ultimately be judged by how lovely your dovetails are.

Dovetails are a wonderfully elegant and efficient solution for jointing pieces of wood along their edges and, being a mechanical joint, are amazingly strong, even without the addition of glue. There is perhaps good reason for judging furniture-making expertise by the quality of your dovetails, perfect dovetails rely on accurate planning, skilful sawing and precise chisel work – the three main hand skills that need to be mastered by the cabinetmaker.

Over the many years that I have been teaching dovetailing, I have analysed, refined and simplified the process to make it easier for everyone to conquer this timeless joint. Combine technique with a bit of focussed practice and you are guaranteed the silly grin and warm, fuzzy feeling that I find always accompanies the completion of a crisp set of dovetails. No need for jigs or confusing, noisy, router systems, mastering basic skills, will inevitably result in perfect dovetails, straight off the saw.

Accurately making and fitting a drawer is just an extension of the precision required to cut dovetails, and a well thought out design and thorough understanding of the process makes piston-fit drawers attainable rather than just an aspiration.

Your drawer will be completed with the accurate fitting of a ‘till’ lock, letting in a hand-made escutcheon and a final flourish with a crisp line of inlay around the edge of the drawer front.

What You Will Learn


  • SHARPENING REFRESHER – As always, sharp tools are the key to success
  • THE TOOLS THAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  • MAINTAINING A SUPER SHARP SAW – Blunt saw = Dodgy dovetails
  • MASTERING THE DOVETAIL SAW – Tricks and exercises to help you saw straight
  • HOW TO TUNE AND USE A CUTTING GAUGE
  • TIMBER PREPARATION – Perfect dovetails need perfectly flat wood
  • THROUGH DOVETAILS – Often thought of as the simplest but in some ways the hardest
  • LAPPED DOVETAILS – Not as tricky as you might think and one half of this joint is hidden!
  • HOUNDSTOOTH DOVETAILS – A dovetail variation that is guaranteed to impress
  • HAND-CUT GROOVES AND BEADINGS
  • JOINTING A DRAWER BOTTOM – Includes cutting tongues on the router table
  • PRECISION FITTING OF A DRAWER INTO ITS NEW HOME
  • FITTING A ‘TILL’ LOCK
  • MAKING AND FITTING AN INLAYED ESCUTCHEON
  • INLAYING A LINE AROUND AN EDGE
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Joints Week – Making a Table – Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints

Making a Table -Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints

12 – 16 August 2019

Skill Level : Beginner/Intermediate

Cost : £640

Duration : 5 Days

Other : There are no additional cost for materials

Time to make your first piece of furniture! Or, perhaps, time to make your first accurate, crisp, precisely-made, piece of furniture. This is a great follow-on course from ‘Skills Week’ but will also happily stand alone if you have at least a little woodworking experience.

Successful furniture making is based on good design, well thought out construction, and accurate execution of all the many components and joints that will be brought together to create, not just an elegant piece of furniture, but an elegant piece of furniture that doesn’t fall apart or try to self-destruct. We often talk about a ‘Zen-like mind-set’ that’s required to saw perfect dovetails, but we also need to acquire a constant ‘Cabinet-Maker’s mind-set’, which is all about control, and using well thought out sequencing. A precise process requires a meticulous mind-set. ‘Making it up as you go along’ is not impossible when making furniture – a new design usually needs to be  tweaked or re-thought here and there, but in general, ‘If you fail to plan,……………!’

So, with all this in mind, we’ll start by looking at the thought-process and considerations that were made during the design of this table to give it a crisp, contemporary styling and look at how, and why, the variety of modern and traditional joints were selected.

I have been known to bang-on a bit about SHARPENING, not because I have a disturbing obsession with shiny, razor-sharp pieces of metal, but because without sharp tools you might as well not bother with woodwork. So, we’ll spend a little time on a recap of the sharpening process, but don’t panic, you’ll be provided with a full set of sharp tools to get you started.

It’s vital that you keep track of which bit goes where when making even the smallest, simplest project. I embraced the ‘Triangle System’ a few years ago when I was teaching in Germany, so I’ll pass on this wonderfully simple method of keeping all of the twenty-odd table components facing in the right direction.

Your kit of components will need just a little work from you to get them crisp and square and to the finished size, but we will be focussing much more on understanding the cabinetmaking process and the accurate cutting of joints, and much less on endless, blister-inducing, hand-planing, which might just put you off the whole idea of working with wood.

This course will give you the opportunity to cut some elegant, traditional joints completely by hand but will also give you the chance to use a couple of the most-used power tools in any professional workshop, the ‘Biscuit Jointer’ and the ‘Domino’.

Mitres are notoriously tricky joints to cut accurately, but, at the same time, are an incredibly slick way of getting round corners (if you get them right!).  Renowned for giving you absolutely nowhere to hide with even the slightest of mistakes, we have a cunning plan for getting the mitred lipping around the veneered table-top spot on every time.

Add to this some strategies for the stress-free gluing of all your lovingly hand-crafted components and you will have come a long way towards becoming a controlled, confident, competent cabinet-maker.

(This table making project will include drawer rails and runners and a drawer-front, but the making of the drawer itself, forms the basis of a separate Dovetailing & Drawer-making course.)

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Joints Week – Making a Table – Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints

Making a Table -Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints

6 – 10 August 2018

Skill Level : Beginner/Intermediate

Cost : £640

Duration : 5 Days

Other : There are no additional cost for materials

Time to make your first piece of furniture! Or, perhaps, time to make your first accurate, crisp, precisely-made, piece of furniture. This is a great follow-on course from ‘Skills Week’ but will also happily stand alone if you have at least a little woodworking experience.

Successful furniture making is based on good design, well thought out construction, and accurate execution of all the many components and joints that will be brought together to create, not just an elegant piece of furniture, but an elegant piece of furniture that doesn’t fall apart or try to self-destruct. We often talk about a ‘Zen-like mind-set’ that’s required to saw perfect dovetails, but we also need to acquire a constant ‘Cabinet-Maker’s mind-set’, which is all about control, and using well thought out sequencing. A precise process requires a meticulous mind-set. ‘Making it up as you go along’ is not impossible when making furniture – a new design usually needs to be  tweaked or re-thought here and there, but in general, ‘If you fail to plan,……………!’

So, with all this in mind, we’ll start by looking at the thought-process and considerations that were made during the design of this table to give it a crisp, contemporary styling and look at how, and why, the variety of modern and traditional joints were selected.

I have been known to bang-on a bit about SHARPENING, not because I have a disturbing obsession with shiny, razor-sharp pieces of metal, but because without sharp tools you might as well not bother with woodwork. So, we’ll spend a little time on a recap of the sharpening process, but don’t panic, you’ll be provided with a full set of sharp tools to get you started.

It’s vital that you keep track of which bit goes where when making even the smallest, simplest project. I embraced the ‘Triangle System’ a few years ago when I was teaching in Germany, so I’ll pass on this wonderfully simple method of keeping all of the twenty-odd table components facing in the right direction.

Your kit of components will need just a little work from you to get them crisp and square and to the finished size, but we will be focussing much more on understanding the cabinetmaking process and the accurate cutting of joints, and much less on endless, blister-inducing, hand-planing, which might just put you off the whole idea of working with wood.

This course will give you the opportunity to cut some elegant, traditional joints completely by hand but will also give you the chance to use a couple of the most-used power tools in any professional workshop, the ‘Biscuit Jointer’ and the ‘Domino’.

Mitres are notoriously tricky joints to cut accurately, but, at the same time, are an incredibly slick way of getting round corners (if you get them right!).  Renowned for giving you absolutely nowhere to hide with even the slightest of mistakes, we have a cunning plan for getting the mitred lipping around the veneered table-top spot on every time.

Add to this some strategies for the stress-free gluing of all your lovingly hand-crafted components and you will have come a long way towards becoming a controlled, confident, competent cabinet-maker.

(This table making project will include drawer rails and runners and a drawer-front, but the making of the drawer itself, forms the basis of a separate Dovetailing & Drawer-making course.)

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Joints Week – Making a Table

24-28 July 2017

Skill Level : Beginner/Intermediate

Cost : £640

Duration : 5 Days

Other : There are no additional cost for materials

Time to make your first piece of furniture! Or, perhaps, time to make your first accurate, crisp, precisely-made, piece of furniture. This is a great follow-on course from ‘Skills Week’ but will also happily stand alone if you have at least a little woodworking experience.

Successful furniture making is based on good design, well thought out construction, and accurate execution of all the many components and joints that will be brought together to create, not just an elegant piece of furniture, but an elegant piece of furniture that doesn’t fall apart or try to self-destruct. We often talk about a ‘Zen-like mind-set’ that’s required to saw perfect dovetails, but we also need to acquire a constant ‘Cabinet-Maker’s mind-set’, which is all about control, and using well thought out sequencing. A precise process requires a meticulous mind-set. ‘Making it up as you go along’ is not impossible when making furniture – a new design usually needs to be  tweaked or re-thought here and there, but in general, ‘If you fail to plan,……………!’

So, with all this in mind, we’ll start by looking at the thought-process and considerations that were made during the design of this table to give it a crisp, contemporary styling and look at how, and why, the variety of modern and traditional joints were selected.

I have been known to bang-on a bit about SHARPENING, not because I have a disturbing obsession with shiny, razor-sharp pieces of metal, but because without sharp tools you might as well not bother with woodwork. So, we’ll spend a little time on a recap of the sharpening process, but don’t panic, you’ll be provided with a full set of sharp tools to get you started.

It’s vital that you keep track of which bit goes where when making even the smallest, simplest project. I embraced the ‘Triangle System’ a few years ago when I was teaching in Germany, so I’ll pass on this wonderfully simple method of keeping all of the twenty-odd table components facing in the right direction.

Your kit of components will need just a little work from you to get them crisp and square and to the finished size, but we will be focussing much more on understanding the cabinetmaking process and the accurate cutting of joints, and much less on endless, blister-inducing, hand-planing, which might just put you off the whole idea of working with wood.

This course will give you the opportunity to cut some elegant, traditional joints completely by hand but will also give you the chance to use a couple of the most-used power tools in any professional workshop, the ‘Biscuit Jointer’ and the ‘Domino’.

Mitres are notoriously tricky joints to cut accurately, but, at the same time, are an incredibly slick way of getting round corners (if you get them right!).  Renowned for giving you absolutely nowhere to hide with even the slightest of mistakes, we have a cunning plan for getting the mitred lipping around the veneered table-top spot on every time.

Add to this some strategies for the stress-free gluing of all your lovingly hand-crafted components and you will have come a long way towards becoming a controlled, confident, competent cabinet-maker.

(This table making project will include drawer rails and runners and a drawer-front, but the making of the drawer itself, forms the basis of a separate Dovetailing & Drawer-making course.)

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Wood Machining

5 – 6  October 2019

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £300

Duration : 2 Days

This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet.

Throughout this course our overriding concern will be SAFETY!

Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential.

What You Will Learn


The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction.

Band-Saw

  • Dimensioning timber components
  • Cutting dovetails, wedges, tapers etc.
  • Design & use of a point fence
  • Cutting veneers
  • Cutting tenons

Table-saw with sliding table

  • Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
  • Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
  • Removing a waney edge
  • Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence

Planer-thicknesser

  • Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc.
  • Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work
  • Thicknessing

Spindle moulder

  • Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings
  • Cutting curved components using templates
  • Cutting tenons

Morticer

‘Domino’

Biscuit Jointer

  • Butt joints
  • Mitre joints
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Wood Machining

2 – 3 March 2019

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £300

Duration : 2 Days

This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet.

Throughout this course our overriding concern will be SAFETY!

Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential.

What You Will Learn


The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction.

Band-Saw

  • Dimensioning timber components
  • Cutting dovetails, wedges, tapers etc.
  • Design & use of a point fence
  • Cutting veneers
  • Cutting tenons

Table-saw with sliding table

  • Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
  • Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
  • Removing a waney edge
  • Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence

Planer-thicknesser

  • Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc.
  • Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work
  • Thicknessing

Spindle moulder

  • Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings
  • Cutting curved components using templates
  • Cutting tenons

Morticer

‘Domino’

Biscuit Jointer

  • Butt joints
  • Mitre joints
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Wood Machining

10 – 11 November 2018

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £300

Duration : 2 Days

This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet.

Throughout this course our overriding concern will be SAFETY!

Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential.

What You Will Learn


The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction.

Band-Saw

  • Dimensioning timber components
  • Cutting dovetails, wedges, tapers etc.
  • Design & use of a point fence
  • Cutting veneers
  • Cutting tenons

Table-saw with sliding table

  • Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
  • Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
  • Removing a waney edge
  • Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence

Planer-thicknesser

  • Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc.
  • Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work
  • Thicknessing

Spindle moulder

  • Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings
  • Cutting curved components using templates
  • Cutting tenons

Morticer

‘Domino’

Biscuit Jointer

  • Butt joints
  • Mitre joints
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Wood Machining

30 June – 1 July 2018

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £300

Duration : 2 Days

This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet.

Throughout this course our overriding concern will be SAFETY!

Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential.

What You Will Learn


The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction.

Band-Saw

  • Dimensioning timber components
  • Cutting dovetails, wedges, tapers etc.
  • Design & use of a point fence
  • Cutting veneers
  • Cutting tenons

Table-saw with sliding table

  • Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
  • Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
  • Removing a waney edge
  • Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence

Planer-thicknesser

  • Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc.
  • Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work
  • Thicknessing

Spindle moulder

  • Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings
  • Cutting curved components using templates
  • Cutting tenons

Morticer

‘Domino’

Biscuit Jointer

  • Butt joints
  • Mitre joints
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