Centre for Fine Woodworking - Beginners Intensive

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




This eight week intensive beginners’ course establishes a very solid skill base for all aspiring woodworkers and provides the core foundation skills for future fine furniture making and woodworking. No prior experience is necessary, although this course will also be of great benefit in developing the skills and accuracy of those students who have already done some woodworking.

The course content is all practical teaching and learning, with the full eight weeks being spent here at your own personal bench with your own toolkit (with tools only befitting that of a serious woodworker). Students quickly gain skills due to the small class size and individual attention from the tutor.

Students will create three pieces of work which will clearly show that every attention to detail has been considered. Projects undertaken not only have been designed specifically to increase your skill level, but also designed by a practising furniture maker – so you take home with you an increased level of knowledge and experience as well as some stunning pieces of work.

The Beginners Intensive course outline:-

  • The use of traditional hand tools and the tuning and sharpening of chisels and planes
  • Accurate timber preparation
  • Hand cutting mortise and tenon and dovetail joints
  • The safe and efficient understanding and use of machinery and power tools – maintenance, identification and applications.
  • Joints – cutting, assembly, identification, construction and choosing the right joint for the job
  • Chairmaking, veneering, coopering and steam bending
  • Timber selection, characteristics, movement, moisture content, costing and estimating quantities
  • Sanding and finishing – types and application – surface preparation – scrapers, abrasives
  • Visits to a timber yard and practising furniture maker’s workshop
  • Access to the school’s extensive library for woodworking and design inspiration

Course Dates
12th June – 4th August 2017

Course Fee
$7200 including all materials
Tutor: Thorkild Hansen


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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Beginners Intensive

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