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Woodworking Skills For Furniture Designers

Woodworking Skills For Furniture Designers

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Domenico Ceci, Ahilan Sooriasegaram


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

Domenico Ceci joined the Central Saint Martins 3D Make workshop team in 2017 and works in the areas of Wood, Metal and plastic. Domenico studied Architectural Engineering at university and is a qualified secondary school teacher who has taught Product Design and Graphics. Domenico creates his own products in wood and metal and enjoys animation and character design.

Ahilan is part of the technical 3D Make team at Central Saint Martins supporting students across the wood, metal and plastics workshops. Previous experience includes architectural model making, design and fabrication for theatre/stage sets and bespoke picture frames. Recent projects have involved the production of small scale hard wood furniture.


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

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