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Furniture Making Workshop

Person working on wooden furniture
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 9 October 2021; 15 January 2022; 26 February 2022
  • Course duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks


This practical course is for anyone who has an interest in furniture design and making.

No prior woodworking experience is necessary as you’ll be guided step-by-step through the different processes to create your own piece of furniture by an experienced tutor.

On this hands-on course you’ll be introduced to a wide range of hand tools, machine tools and finishing techniques.

You’ll focus on the fundamentals of woodworking and gain a basic understanding of furniture making in a relaxed atmosphere.

You’ll be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations, samples, paper-based instructions and one-to-one feedback as your project develops.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how:

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the different workshop processes, and a finished piece of furniture (a coffee table with drawer) that shows how you have applied these processes to your project.

You will also leave with the confidence to develop your skills and apply your knowledge to further furniture and woodwork projects.

"Fantastic tutor, very knowledgeable." JBC

"I enjoyed completing the whole process from rough timber to a finished product. Carl was an exceptional teacher who was very clear in his instructions and made the course relatable to other projects. I would recommend this course to anyone." CC

"10/10 - thank you!" HS

"Fantastic course. Carl is an excellent teacher. He took time to explain each action, and was always happy to help when needed. I can't rate him highly enough. Great tutor and first class facilities." SF

"Carl is an exceptional tutor who has endless energy and is a huge asset to the university." JW

"Carl is a fantastic, hugely knowledgeable instructor. It's been great learning from him." AS

Tutor ProfileCarl Smith has over twenty years’ experience making bespoke and mass production furniture, and is one of NTU’s longest serving furniture makers.

He started his career as an award-winning apprentice for Stag Furniture, and eventually trained to full certification as a journeyman, winning many other awards along the way including the National Skills Builder winners’ title and Olympia Cup gold medallist title.

In his daily role Carl advises students on the design and construction of prototype models.

His knowledge and expertise is used on many UG and PG courses at NTU, including product and furniture design, architecture, interior architecture and visual and decorative arts.

Indicative maximum class size: 9

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • be inducted into our well-equipped product design workshops
  • learn what checks to perform when selecting the right timber for your project
  • use tools and equipment such as dimension saws, surface planers, thickness planers, spindle moulders, flatbed sanders, CNC and hand routers
  • practise a variety of joints on your project and discuss the merits of each one
  • build your confidence in using hand tools and woodworking equipment
  • explore different finishing techniques that will make your piece truly unique.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £725.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £725.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418