Our Intermediate Course

Our one-month intermediate course is aimed at anyone wanting to take their woodworking skills to a whole new level.

It’s not intended as a pathway into professional woodworking, but will give you the skills and confidence to flourish in your woodworking hobby.

Course Details

You will be taught by Alan McGovern, a skilled cabinet maker with over 35 years of experience and, with only two students on the course at any one time, tuition is intensive.

You will be taught basic skills, including how to:

  • Season timber and make a cutting list
  • Sharpen a plane/chisel
  • Hand plane a piece of wood
  • Top planing and jointing techniques
  • Make hand-cut mortise and tenon joints
  • Machine-cut mortise and tenon joints
  • Make hand-cut dovetail joints
  • Make mouldings by hand with a moulding plane and then by using a table router
  • Make tongue and groove joints and how to use the Japanese peg system/Miller dowel system
  • Make tapered legs
  • Fix a table top to the carcass allowing for wood movement

Your course project will be to design and build a hardwood table with a size restriction of 1500mm long x 500mm deep x 800mm high. In addition to a bank of new skills, you’ll take your unique table design home with you!

At any one time we take a maximum of two intermediate students, so it is advisable to book your place well in advance.


The upcoming course dates for 2022 are:

15th Aug – 9th Sep 2022 (fully booked)

10th Oct – 4th Nov 2022  (fully booked)

21st Nov – 16th Dec 2022 (fully booked)


If you would like to join us, please fill in the application form, stating your preferred start date.


The fee for the intermediate course is £3,500, with a £500 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.

Find out more about our other courses

Chippendale International School of Furniture
May 2021  Photo Phil Wilkinson

Professional Course

Our professional course is aimed at those who want to make fine furniture design and make it their career, or to learn a professional skill in retirement.

Chippendale International School of Furniture
May 2021  Photo Phil Wilkinson

Introductory Course

For anyone looking for an introduction to woodworking, we run one-week Introductory courses several times a year. These short courses are run over a five-day period, Monday to Friday and provide an introduction to a whole range of woodworking skills and techniques.

Chippendale International School of Furniture
May 2021  Photo Phil Wilkinson

Short Courses

In addition to our professional, intermediate and introductory courses, we offer a selection of short courses for those with a keen interest in furniture making and restoration.

Get In Touch

If you are looking to embark on a career change or you have an interest in the art of woodworking and furniture design, get in touch and arrange in a visit.