Piece Furniture conducts wood work classes in fine furniture making for the general public. The skills required to work to a high standard with timber take time and patience to acquire. The aim of the wood working classes are to teach enthusiastic individuals the skills to make fine furniture.

The classes are restricted to five people per class. The small class numbers enable John to give extensive one on one time in a relaxed atmosphere where you can learn at your own pace. Wood work classes are often a mix of beginners as well as more experienced woodworkers.

Beginner classes

An absolute beginner should expect to start their journey learning hand skills. They are the foundation to making a craftsman.You will begin with two set projects that will include extensive hand planing and chisel work.

Then you will progress to make one or two small simple boxes. This project is an introduction to the world of machinery.Thorough training on the correct and safe usage being an important part of the process.


The final set project is a small table designed by John. This table teaches a wide range of common furniture making techniques and processes.It would typically take about  4 terms in total to complete all four of the set projects.

After the training period is complete you are free to work on agreed projects of your choice to further your skills, all with the help and guidance from John.

Experienced students

More experienced students may commence at a level appropriate to them after meeting with John.


Term structure

Classes follow the school term calendar, students are required to sign up one term at a time, each term is usually 10 weeks. Wood work classes are run on week nights evenings Monday – Wednesday, plus Saturday morning. Each student attends one 3 hour class per week. View current term dates and times

How do I enrol?

Due to popular demand classes are most often full so please contact John Gallagher by email to find out availability or arrange being added to the waiting list. Contact John Gallagher

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