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Woodworking Skills For Furniture Designers

Woodworking Skills For Furniture Designers

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Sam Sheard


This hands-on woodworking course for beginners has been designed for budding designer makers or keen DIY enthusiasts that would like to gain the skills necessary to create their own furniture. A series of workshop activities will ensure that you complete the course with finished work and practical woodwork skills.

In the first part of the course you will practice and develop core joinery skills. In the second part, the skills learned will be applied to a set project, when you will build a piece of furniture. Please note that you will be working on a specific project and will not be able to make your own design during the course.

At the end you will have a finished piece of furniture to include in a portfolio and have gained the knowledge, experience and confidence to attempt basic furniture making projects of your own.

Topics covered

  • tools: their selection, use and care
  • timber identification and selection
  • basic cabinetmaking
  • hardware and fixings
  • alternative construction methods
  • finishing

Level: This beginners course has been designed with the novice maker in mind, so should be viewed as an introduction or foundation course. 

Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Sam Sheard graduated with 1st class hon in 3D Design from Leeds University,  then went on to complete an MA in Furniture Design at CSM – achieving a high 2.1 pass mark, he now works as a technician at CSM, as well as running his own design practice which has lead to work with a broad range of clients, including; Chanel and Heals, with work being featured in publications such as Vogue and the Guardian. See Sam's website


Please bring to the first session:   

  • A steel Tape measure    
  • A pencil and eraser
  • The above are essential, however feel free to bring any woodworking hand-tools you may have to the first session

Available dates