Centre for Fine Woodworking - Master Classes – David Upfill–Brown

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



Master Classes – David Upfill–Brown

Tutor: David Upfill–Brown


Course Dates
18th – 29th September 2017 (FULL)

Course Fee
$1950 (materials not included)

This course is an opportunity to increase your skill in box making. It is also an optional opportunity to learn or improve your skill in veneered work.

In this course, students are requested to bring along a range of their own design ideas for discussion and exploration, and with David's help and expert assistance, will be enabled to go from what may be little more than a rough idea to completing a beautifully executed box.

David will cover the fundamentals of box making and some more advanced techniques:

  • Planning, design and mockups
  • Out sourcing and ordering
  • Selecting materials
  • Re-sawing stock for matching or asymmetric grain
  • Constructional options such as sawing the box to separate the lid from the bottom or constructing the lid independently
  • Accommodating wood movement; frames and panels or using veneer
  • Joinery options, types, exposed or hidden joinery, accommodating sculptural exteriors and/or interiors.
  • Accuracy, getting the most from your machines and hand tools
  • The router table, the box maker’s go to tool
  • Box bottoms
  • Box lids, hinges, hinging or not hinging.
  • Linings and partitions
  • Inlays and dedications
  • Finishing
  • Anything else the class would like to address

This course is for students who have prior experience and are at a stage where they are at a confident level with their skills and ready to move on from completing a set project or plan to now undertaking design projects of their own.


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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Master Classes – David Upfill-Brown