Suitable for: Absolute beginners.

Course length: 15 or 30 hours/6 or 12 weeks.

Dates: See below for start dates/times.

Key tools: Clamps, chisels, wood veneers, glues, French polish.

Learning: Furniture and wood identification, assessment for restoration, repairing structural damage,  choice and use of adhesives, restoring lost areas of veneer and wood, Introduction to French polishing. Use of different wood finishes.

Project: Bring your own small item to restore during this course. Call Alison to discuss if required.

Similar Courses: Intro to Furniture Restoration


Tuesday mornings 10.30am -1 pm.

This is a project based course and we encourage learners to bring a small wood item to the first class.

You can bring an old tea caddy or  a shabby wood box, as long as its small enough to carry with you as we can’t store large items. These objects can be wobbly, scratched or dented, and maybe a few bits missing – they can date from 19th to mid 20th century.

During the 6 or 12 weeks you will work on your own piece while learning the skills you need along the way. Steve English is an experienced teacher who will increase your knowledge as he shares his life time experiences of being a professional restorer

We will show you how to fix the wobbles and make joint repairs and how to repair lost or flaky veneers. You will also have an introduction to wood finishes from modern stains, varnishes and waxes to classic French polishing.

This is a great way to get stuck into the wonderful and mysterious world of restoration. Whether your interests are mid century modern plywood and plastic or ormolu and inlay, Steve will guide you through the process of assessing a potential project, learning about its construction and how to bring a sad relic back to shining glory.

All tools and basic materials provided. Extra materials moderately charged if needed.

Please e-mail if you have a photo of a project you would like to discuss.

Start dayDateStart timeEnd timeCourse nameCourse lengthPriceGood to KnowDetailsRegister
Sat 17/10/2015 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO FURNITURE RESTORATION - 1 DAY 1 day £175.00 Popular course! details


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