Centre for Fine Woodworking - Introduction to Fine Woodworking

New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school



Introduction to Fine Woodworking

This introductory course will establish a solid skill base for all aspiring woodworkers and provide the foundation skills for future fine woodworking. No prior experience is necessary, although many of our students who have some experience have found this course to be highly beneficial in taking their skills to a high level of craftsmanship. The course covers the tuning and sharpening of hand tools along with the basics of accurate timber preparation, setting out and cutting a number of basic woodworking joints and assembly. Students will be taken step–by–step through the safe and efficient understanding and use of the basic woodworking machines – table saw, bandsaw, jointer and thicknesser.

Students will have exclusive use of their own cabinet maker’s bench and their own tool kit (with tools only befitting that of a serious woodworker) and will complete a piece of work incorporating the skills learnt during the course.

Course Dates
14th – 25th May 2018
3rd – 14th September 2018

Course Fee
$1950 including all materials


Enrolling on a course

To enrol on a course or workshop - please complete the form below. As the maximum number of students we have in any class is eight, some of our courses fill up quickly so please check with us first if there is a space available - we wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

To secure a place we require a non-refundable deposit of $350 and once this is received we will confirm your enrolment. The balance of the course fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

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