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Woodworking Skills For Furniture Designers

Woodworking Skills For Furniture Designers

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Saffie Pluck, Harry Owen


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

Saffie Pluck graduated from BA Product Design at Central Saint Martins in 2014. After working at design companies, including Pentagram, she decided to start her own reflective knitwear company, Pluck’d Designs.

Saffie joined the Central Saint Martins 3D Small Workshop team in 2016.

Harry Owen is a member of the Central Saint Martins 3D technical team, his role is to support students and technicians across the wood, metal and general workshops.  He has extensive experience in furniture making and runs his own practice as a leatherworker.


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