Furniture and Cabinetmaking Short Courses

Welcome to the London School of Furniture Making, where we offer furniture making short courses to adult learners, enthusiastic about traditional woodworking skills but without the time to devote to full-time study.

We started out in 2013 with one evening class but we now offer day, weekend and evening classes. Although our focus remains on short courses, we now have a loyal group of students who have been with us since the beginning and have stayed on to work on their own projects in Maker Space .


If you are wondering where to start, look no further than our Basic Skills Classes. They are designed to develop a core set of technical skills such as joinery, planing or routing. If you are looking to jump straight into a project then the Box Making or Coffee Table classes are a good starting point.  

  • If you are short on time then try one or two of our intensive Furniture Making Basic Skills classes. Taken together they cover the most important points and are a really good preparation for the project centred courses.

  • The Box Making Class is the ideal beginner to intermediate furniture making project. You'll perfect the dovetail joint, learn how to use a plane and apply a flawless finish.

  • The Make a Coffee Table Class is designed around simple age-old joinery techniques. Its aim is to teach you how and where to use the joints learned during Basic Skills Joinery.

  • Not sure whether any of this is for you, then why not try one of our TASTER classes? At just 2.5 hours long, they give you a good idea of what to expect from us and a reasonable insight into whether woodwork is for you. 


We encourage our students to stay on to make projects of their own.  Bench space is available for use during the day and you will have access to your tutor for technical help.


We pride ourselves on the high quality of our teaching and our workshop equipment. We keep our class sizes very small with no more than six students per class, firmly believing that you'll progress more quickly if you have plenty of attention from your tutor. 


While the old adage 'a bad workman blames his tools' has some mileage in it, inferior quality tools and tools that just do not work are neither safe nor enjoyable to use. That's why we have invested in some of the best tools available so that you can get on with making great furniture.

Phone or email if you have any questions. If you are in the area you are more than welcome to drop by the workshop for a chat but please call first.