10-Week Course

Our 10-Week Course

This is a course designed for woodworking hobbyists who wish to explore a wide range of different skills within the craft. The course consists of a series of set projects designed to equip students with a comprehensive skillset, leaving them with a new level of confidence to tackle any future projects on their own.

With 8 students on the course being taught by 3 tutors, tuition is thorough and students will learn a wealth of skills across the 10 weeks.

Before the course starts, students will be sent three set furniture designs, from which they will be asked to pick one. This will then become the focus for their main project, along with four other smaller furniture projects, each of which will contain a long list of learning outcomes.

Students will also be expected to either bring an antique from home to be restored or to source one from an auction house in Edinburgh during the first week to be restored later in the course.

  • Students will create the following pieces of furniture on the course:
    • Keepsake box in American white ash with veneered panel and wooden dowel joint
    • One piece chosen from three optional designs (a contemporary console table with drawer and floating top; a mid-century coffee table; or an Arts & Crafts wall hanging cabinet)
    • Bake-Off style technical challenge: a handmade stool in African sapele
    • Mid-century bench in American red cherry with Danish woven cord
    • Restoration project
  • Skills taught on this course include:
    • Sharpening
    • Measuring and marking
    • Hand skills (Sawing, Chiseling, Screwing, Hand planing etc.)
    • Making a bench hook/shooting board
    • Finishing techniques (French polishing, staining, spray lacquering, Oil and Wax)
    • Veneering
    • Joinery (half-lap, wedged tenon, bridle, dovetails, dovetailed half-lap)
    • Glue selection
    • Selecting timber
    • Producing a cutting list
    • Machine induction (bandsaw, mitre saw, radial arm saw, table saw, track saw, surface planer, thicknesser, pillar drill, table router, handheld router, orbital sander, domino machine)
    • Weaving (Danish paper cord)
    • Cutting tapers
    • Restoration

Please note, this course is for adults aged 18 years and over.

The fee for the 10-Week course is £9,000, with a £2,000 non-refundable deposit payable to secure your place, with the balance payable one month before the start of the course. The cost of timber is included in this fee.

The upcoming course dates for 2024 are:

  • 7 Oct – 13 Dec 2024 (Half term 8 Nov – 11 Nov)

If you would like to join us, please fill in the application form below.


If you are looking to pursue a career in woodworking, get in touch to arrange a visit or a virtual call with the Principal.


Read about other courses


Our professional course is ideal for those looking to pursue a career in fine furniture design and making. With 30 students, starting each year in October, taught by an in-house team of tutors and a range of visiting experts.


Ideal for beginners, the introductory course covers a wide range of woodworking fundamentals. This is great way to get a taste of the teaching environment at Chippendale and is a popular choice for those interested in the 30-week professional course. Other 1-week courses include wood bending techniques, upholstery and restoration.


These courses provide the most accessible route into woodworking. Over 2 days, students can learn how to turn a stool on one of our woodturning weekends. Or, carve a set of wooden spoons on our spoon carving course.
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