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Wood Machining

4-5 March 2017

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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Antique Furniture Care & Repairs

18 – 19 August 2018

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : Students should bring small items of furniture to work on

This course is designed as a practical introduction to the care of antique furniture. It will cover specific areas of restoration which may reasonably be performed at home with few tools and without the need of a workshop or woodworking experience.

Students are requested to bring a maximum of three smallish pieces to work on.  These will be discussed and advice and guidance given on how to approach their restoration. Time is set aside each day for students to work on their own pieces and it should be possible for this to include practising the use of many of the techniques covered during the course.

As this is a two day course it is likely that individual pieces will have to be completed at home. The aim is for the course to be practical, very informative and enjoyable.

 

 

What You Will  Learn


Re gluing loose joints and re-laying loose veneers

Glues to be used on antique furniture – preparation and use

Cleaning of old surfaces – A controlled approach to cleaning, including the reduction of stains and water marks

A basic guide to the making and application of shellac and wax polishes

Cleaning brass/ormolu mounts and fittings

The oxidation and colouring of new brass fittings

Woodworm – its life cycle and treatment

The day to day care of antique furniture

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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

17 – 18 August 2019

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : All materials and tools will be provided

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

 

What You Will  Learn


The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:

  • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
  • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
  • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
  • Using squares and gauges
  • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
  • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
  • Setting out and cutting accurate joints
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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

13 – 14 April 2019

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : All materials and tools will be provided

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

 

What You Will  Learn


The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:

  • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
  • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
  • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
  • Using squares and gauges
  • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
  • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
  • Setting out and cutting accurate joints
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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

11-12 August 2018

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : All materials and tools will be provided

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

 

What You Will  Learn


The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:

  • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
  • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
  • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
  • Using squares and gauges
  • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
  • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
  • Setting out and cutting accurate joints
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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

14-15 April 2018

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : All materials and tools will be provided

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

 

What You Will  Learn


The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:

  • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
  • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
  • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
  • Using squares and gauges
  • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
  • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
  • Setting out and cutting accurate joints
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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

29-30 July 2017

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : All materials and tools will be provided

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

 

What You Will  Learn


The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:

  • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
  • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
  • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
  • Using squares and gauges
  • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
  • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
  • Setting out and cutting accurate joints
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Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

22-23 April 2017

Skill Level : Beginner

Cost : £250

Duration : 2 Days

Other : All materials and tools will be provided

This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

 

What You Will  Learn


The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following:

  • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges
  • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’
  • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges
  • Using squares and gauges
  • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance
  • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels
  • Setting out and cutting accurate joints
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Understanding Veneering – Making an Inlaid Tray

11-15 November 2017

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £590

Duration : 5 Days

Other : Ideally some knowledge of woodworking is useful but not essential.  All materials are included in the cost of the course.

Veneering is a wonderful way of adding a decorative effect to a project, a technique that has been used in furniture making for hundreds of years. In simple terms, just thin slices of an attractive ‘show-wood’ that are stuck to a groundwork of some sort, originally pine or oak but now, often a sheet material like ply or MDF.  This course looks at the traditional method of veneering by hand, and the more modern method of veneering using a vacuum press.

Originally cut by hand with a fine saw, veneers would have been around 2mm thick, most modern veneer production is ‘Knife-cut’ and is typically only about 0.6mm thick.

Veneering opens up huge opportunities for decorative work using exotic timbers and inlays, and using a vacuum press for veneering makes large panels and curved work a much more viable proposition for the amateur and the smaller professional workshop.

What You Will Learn


VENEERS – how to choose laminate materials for a particular project

GLUES – Mixing and using Animal Glues; different types of PVA; UF…

EQUIPMENT – Veneer hammer, ‘Hot Wet Chisel’, Specialist Saws, Knives; How to sharpen and use a Cabinet scraper; Types of Cramps; Making Go-Bars……

VACUUM PRESS – options, types, bags – tried and tested methods for using this cunning piece of equipment in a smaller workshop.

VENEERING – Preparing Veneer and laying on a flat surface by hand ‘Hammer Veneering’ and with a press. How to lay a ‘Halving’, a Quartering, a Cross-Banding, and letting in a fine line inlay.

CABINETMAKING SKILLS – Hand-cutting mitres to accurately fit a lipping around a tray; Using a plane with a shooting boards and jigs; Using a biscuit jointer

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Introductory Wood Finishing

Philip HodgeINTRODUCTORY WOOD FINISHING

2 day duration

£215.00

A 2 day intensive course for beginners and those wanting to improve their knowledge and technique. It is a practical and theoretical excursion into the world of wood finishing. This will include surface preparation, staining, French Polishing, grain filling, and wax finishing.

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Introductory Wood Finishing

Philip HodgeINTRODUCTORY WOOD FINISHING

2 day duration

£215.00

Intensive course suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve their knowledge and technique. It is a practical and theoretical excursion into the world of wood finishing.

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Introductory Wood Finishing

Philip HodgeINTRODUCTORY WOOD FINISHING

2 day duration

£215.00

Intensive course suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve their knowledge and technique. It is a practical and theoretical excursion into the world of wood finishing.

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Introductory Wood Finishing

Philip HodgeINTRODUCTORY WOOD FINISHING

2 day duration

£215.00

Intensive course suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve their knowledge and technique. It is a practical and theoretical excursion into the world of wood finishing.

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Beautiful Boxes – Learning to Love Laminating

26-28 August 2017 (includes Bank Holiday)

Duration: 3 days

Price: £350

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Project:  Make a box with a curvaceous lid

Other: Ideally some prior knowledge of woodwork is preferable but not essential

 

What You Will Learn


LAMINATES – how to choose laminate materials for a particular project

GLUES  – types, properties, solvents……

MOULDS – types, materials and techniques for accurate home-made moulds

EQUIPMENT – Tools, cramps, routers… used for making moulds and laminating

VACUUM PRESS – options, types, bags – tried and tested methods for using this cunning piece of equipment in a smaller workshop.

VENEERING – adding veneer to a curved surface using a vacuum press and traditional techniques

CABINETMAKING SKILLS – accurately preparing components, hand-cutting mitres, using shooting boards and jigs, cutting grooves, letting in and fitting hinges

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Conquering Chairs – Making a Child’s Chair

Conquering Chairs – Making a Child’s Chair

18-22 September 2017

Duration 5 days

Price £640

Skill Level – Intermediate

Other : Ideally, students should have sound knowledge of tool preparation as this does not form part of the course.  All materials are included in the cost.

Students for this course will have some knowledge of tool sharpening & tuning , and will bring with them a well set up basic cabinet-making tool kit, as there will not be any time set aside for preparing tools.

Conquering Chairs looks at the ergonomic design issues involved in making a chair and laying out/working with angled  joints and making and jointing curved components on a small scale.

What You Will Learn


Design considerations

Drawing/making full size plans and templates

Making and jointing curved/shaped components

Glues and cramping techniques

Seat/upholstery options

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Introduction to Woodworking

Philip HodgeONE DAY INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING

£100.00

A one day course to teach you the basics of tool identification and use and the safe and correct way to use a range of woodworking machinery.

This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools and machinery. Attendees will learn how to identify and use selection of tools including Bench plane, Block plane, Shoulder plane, Rebate plane, Moulding planes. Chisels, Gouges, different Saws, Hammers, etc. It will also cover marking out using Squares, Mitre squares, Marking gauges, Cutting gauges and Mortise gauges. Guidance will also be given as to the best types and makes of tools to buy and pointers as to where to purchase them.

  • You will also learn how to set up and use woodworking machinery correctly and safely and this will include Bandsaw, Pillar drill, Router, Mortiser, Planer thicknesser, Sander, Scroll Saw and Lathe.
  • This course will give you a good grounding to advance onto my other courses such as Furniture Restoration, Tool Tuning & Sharpening, Cabinet Making and Making Wooden Joints.
  • All tools and materials will be provided. You should wear workshop friendly shoes i.e. not open toed sandals or canvas shoes. I recommend that you wear an apron or other protective clothing – Course Aprons available  for £15.
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Introduction to Woodworking

Philip HodgeONE DAY INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING

£100.00

This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools and machinery. Attendees will learn how to identify and use selection of tools including Bench plane, Block plane, Shoulder plane, Rebate plane, Moulding planes. Chisels, Gouges, different Saws, Hammers, etc. It will also cover marking out using Squares, Mitre squares, Marking gauges, Cutting gauges and Mortise gauges. Guidance will also be given as to the best types and makes of tools to buy and pointers as to where to purchase them.

  • You will also learn how to set up and use woodworking machinery correctly and safely and this will include Bandsaw, Pillar drill, Router, Mortiser, Planer thicknesser, Sander, Scroll Saw and Lathe.
  • This course will give you a good grounding to advance onto my other courses such as Furniture Restoration, Tool Tuning & Sharpening, Cabinet Making and Making Wooden Joints.
  • All tools and materials will be provided. You should wear workshop friendly shoes i.e. not open toed sandals or canvas shoes. I recommend that you wear an apron or other protective clothing – Course Aprons available  for £15.
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Introduction to Woodworking

Philip HodgeONE DAY INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING

£100.00

This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools and machinery. Attendees will learn how to identify and use selection of tools including Bench plane, Block plane, Shoulder plane, Rebate plane, Moulding planes. Chisels, Gouges, different Saws, Hammers, etc. It will also cover marking out using Squares, Mitre squares, Marking gauges, Cutting gauges and Mortise gauges. Guidance will also be given as to the best types and makes of tools to buy and pointers as to where to purchase them.

  • You will also learn how to set up and use woodworking machinery correctly and safely and this will include Bandsaw, Pillar drill, Router, Mortiser, Planer thicknesser, Sander, Scroll Saw and Lathe.
  • This course will give you a good grounding to advance onto my other courses such as Furniture Restoration, Tool Tuning & Sharpening, Cabinet Making and Making Wooden Joints.
  • All tools and materials will be provided. You should wear workshop friendly shoes i.e. not open toed sandals or canvas shoes. I recommend that you wear an apron or other protective clothing – Course Aprons available  for £15.
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Introduction to Woodworking

Philip HodgeONE DAY INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING

£100.00

This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools and machinery. Attendees will learn how to identify and use selection of tools including Bench plane, Block plane, Shoulder plane, Rebate plane, Moulding planes. Chisels, Gouges, different Saws, Hammers, etc. It will also cover marking out using Squares, Mitre squares, Marking gauges, Cutting gauges and Mortise gauges. Guidance will also be given as to the best types and makes of tools to buy and pointers as to where to purchase them.

  • You will also learn how to set up and use woodworking machinery correctly and safely and this will include Bandsaw, Pillar drill, Router, Mortiser, Planer thicknesser, Sander, Scroll Saw and Lathe.
  • This course will give you a good grounding to advance onto my other courses such as Furniture Restoration, Tool Tuning & Sharpening, Cabinet Making and Making Wooden Joints.
  • All tools and materials will be provided. You should wear workshop friendly shoes i.e. not open toed sandals or canvas shoes. I recommend that you wear an apron or other protective clothing – Course Aprons available  for £15.
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Furniture Restoration

Philip HodgeFURNITURE RESTORATION

5 day duration

£385.00

With expert tuition you will work at your own pace towards fully restoring your pieces using traditional methods. Once accepted onto the course, you should contact Philip Hodge prior to the start of the course to discuss the actual pieces that you would like to restore. This is not an upholstery course and although simple upholstery tasks may be possible, they do not really come within the remit of this course.

 

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