Jewellery Box 1 We  offer a range of full time furniture making/cabinet making courses with flexible starting dates. Aimed at woodwork enthusiasts who want to fast track their skills into a full time career or those who would like to become skilled for the sheer enjoyment of it.

Tutored time in the studio is from 9am until 5pm, for 46 weeks, adding up to 1,480 hours over the course of a year. Outside of these hours but whilst the Goodlife Centre is open (currently 4 evenings and the weekend for 36 weeks a year) we welcome learners working at their bench using hand tools only. This totals another 988 hours of available bench time.

With opportunities to take a three month, six month or year long jump into fine furniture making you will be guided by experienced furniture maker and teacher Ben Rawlinson here in the centre of London. A maximum of three full time students will ensure you benefit from close personal attention during your course.

The traditional options for someone starting out as a maker have been to study at a college or with a furniture maker in their workshop in the country. Many of the state funded courses have now closed and Londoners have needed the resolve and resources to leave London and set up nearby the maker with all the additional living expenses of being away from home and family. Our courses are taught from Ben’s fully equipped studio close to Southwark and Borough tube, within walking distance of Waterloo and London Bridge.

During your 12, 24 or 46 week course you will first learn, then put into practice the key and advanced skills needed to reach a very high quality of making. Whatever your level of experience, age or intentions for the future we have the necessary knowledge and passion for our craft to see you succeed. Get in touch with us and arrange to meet Ben and see what we have to offer. Email  Phone 02077607613

24 Week & 46 Week Course Details

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Perhaps you are looking to start out on a career in furniture making, looking to change direction in life or become finely trained in anticipation of a perfect retirement?

We offer a 46 week and 24 week full time course here at The Goodlife Centre where you can immerse yourself fully in the designing and making of studio quality pieces.

Perfect for absolute beginners, even if you have rarely stepped away from that office desk, but hanker to learn what it takes to produce those ideas you dream of.

Learn design principles and study the work of existing makers to hone your own making style.

Both courses will follow the same pathway for the first five to six months which is where the core training of furniture making will be given. You will receive daily lessons and practical demonstrations as you work through a series of set projects, culminating in a fine dovetailed hinged box, designed to hone your hand skills and safely build a working knowledge of workshop machinery.

You will have the option of building your own workbench will will set you for life with a rock solid working platform and teach many aspects of machining in its construction. The other option will be a cabinet incorporating frame and panel, doors and drawers amongst other essential skills that every fine furniture maker must learn.

The second part of the year is where your creative side can be let loose and you can plan and make pieces of your own design. How you use your time will be up to you but you will be advised on how to maximise your freedom within the workshop.

The final pieces will be photographed by a professional photographer to form part of your own presentation portfolio.

Daily tutoring sessions will continue to build your knowledge and depending on your personal goals guidance will be given in the following areas:

        Setting up a workshop

       Setting up a business: legalities, costs, branding

       Exhibiting your work: galleries, exhibitions, competitions

       Website building: SEO, page ranking

       Preparing for employment

       Client meeting preparation and presentation

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Course Fees

24 week course fees £12,000.  £2,000 deposit. £5,000 payable on first day of course and remaining balance at start of week 13.

46 week course fees £18,000. £2,000 deposit. £8000 on first day of course and remaining balance at start of week 25.

A budget for tools and materials must also be allowed for. Please see below for details and estimates of these costs.


All students will be expected to purchase/use their own tools and equipment and a budget should be allowed for this. The sooner this is done the sooner you will be able to hone and start using them on project work. Advice on what to purchase or on what you already own can be given prior to starting or if you prefer to wait and discuss with us what would be best for you there will be a set of tools for you to try and evaluate before you decide.

For a full set of hand tools and marking/measuring equipment that is up to the job you should allow £600 – £800. Longer term students will also need to add some equipment as they progress and £1500 to £2000 in total is a realistic amount.

If you already own tools and equipment that are suitable, or can be given some time to bring up to standard, this may result in a lower budget.


Materials for initial set projects, excluding cabinets, boxes and workbenches, will be provided as part of the course.

Depending on choice of materials, dimensions and details you should allow approximately:

       Dovetailed box with fine hinges – £150

       Cabinet with doors and drawer(s) – £350 to £500

       Workbench with vices – £550-750

       Consumables for all set projects and tutorial based elements will be provided including adhesives, abrasives, jigs and finishing materials.

For all further project work consumables will need to be purchased by students as needed.

The workshop will hold a stock of consumables and sheet materials that can be purchased at cost to facilitate the lowest possible price and avoid repeat delivery charges.

There will also be a stock of hardwood available at cost; species and dimension allowing.

Register for this event
Details Price Qty
Register your interest in a full-time 24 week course - we'll contact you £12,000.00 (GBP)  
Register your interest in a full-time 46 week course - we'll contact you £18,000.00 (GBP)  

Dates for this workshop/Course

  • 06/01/2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm


49-55 Great Guildford Street
United Kingdom