Furniture Making FAB

Furniture Making for Absolute Beginners

In this tutorial we will make a simple side table like the one pictured, in Sapele.

Sapele is an African tropical hard wood, similar in apperance to Mahogany.

This course will introduce you to using the following tools

The course materials cost £60, which includes all of the Sapele boards needed to make the table, which will be yours to keep at the end of the course. Everything you need to complete the project will be included (either in the materials package or as "free issue" supplies in Makespace) and no prior experience will be assumed, although for safety reasons you will need to complete the online training for all of the red equipment which you will need to use, you DO NOT need to schedule a practical assessment for these tools, this will be done as part of the session in which each tool is introduced.

Once you have been registered on the course you will need to provide payment by bank transfer at least 1 day before the first session.

The course will consist of a number of weekly sessions. At each session the next step of the project will be discussed and demonstrated. Each participant will then have the opportunity to complete the next step of the process on at least one part of their project. During the course of the following week each participant will need to make their own time to come into the space and complete that stage of the project.

The materials for the project will be provided as a set of boards cut to rough length.

Each participant will then complete the entire build of their own table, with step by step description and demonstration of the techniques needed.

Session 1

Participant Followup During Following Week

Ideally this should be done in several sessions over the period of the following week for reasons which will be discussed and explained during the session. 

Session 2

Participant Followup During Following Week

Session 3

Participant Followup During Following Week

Session 4

Participant Followup During Following Week

Session 5

Participant Followup During Following Week

Complete the sanding of all components and glue up of the leg assembly

Session 6

Participant Followup During Following Week

Complete the finishing and drying of their table.

Session 7

Show and Tell / Social

Bring your finished table, each participant will be offered the (optional!) chance to present their piece and talk about what they learned / what they would do differently. 

Bring your friends, this event will be open to all Makespace members.

Possibly combined with a regualar MS social evening.

Engineering Drawing

What Next?

Once you can build a basic table there are lots of ways in which you can elaborate the design to make it more interesting. 

After finishing the table top, you could use the Laser Cutters to etch a design into the surface of the table.

Alternatively you can jin different types of wood to make a design. The table pictured was made to this design from Walnut, Ash and Cherry.