THE LONDON SCHOOL OF FURNITURE MAKING: CORE SKILLS: Modern Wood Finishes

Furniture making courses in London. We run woodwork classes, for adult learners. Our woodwork short course is suitable for experienced students who want to deepen their knowledge. A series of introductory cabinet making lessons build into a comprehensive set of carpentry skills. We teach you how to use joinery to create a coffee table or a make a Japanese coffee table. You can learn how to make boxes and we have a workbench class too. We offer a steam bending class.

CORE SKILLS: Modern Wood Finishes




Making furniture is as much about the finish as it is about the joinery. It's the first thing someone notices and the thing they feel as they stroke the surface. A good finish makes your work come alive, a poor one looks and feels bad.


Most amateur woodworkers a familiar with oil finishes but steer clear of everything else because they appear to be difficult to use. With a solid understanding of the correct techniques, none of the wide range of hand-applied finishes available should intimidate you. You will also be able to take advantage of this knowledge to choose finishes suitable for the task at hand, which means your work will look and feel better for longer.



We will cover the following:

  • Choose the right finish
  • Prepare the surface 
  • How to apply a variety of finishes, using brushes and cloths
  • Use bleaches and stains to match colours and fix blemishes

Bring along a smallish item such as a box, coffee table etc. to use as your course project. If you don't have a project of your own, we have a few you can practice on.


LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate

Cost: £495
Day(s): Monday to Friday
Time: 9.00 to 16.00
Date: 13th to 17th July 2020