Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive

Build a solid foundation in the most essential woodworking skills with this in-depth, comprehensive furniture making course designed for both beginners and those looking to build expertise.

This intensive class will guide you from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making. Through a series of demonstrations and exercises, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Complete a number of small projects before moving on to a building a shaker nightstand and a cabinet on stand.

This class is suitable for beginners to lifelong enthusiastic hobbyists and everyone in-between. For those who wish to apply to one of our Full-Time programs and who don't have much prior woodworking experience, this course provides prerequisite skill-building.

Major topics covered:

  • Tool sharpening (flat-edge tools)
  • Hand tools skills and development
  • Drafting and project organization
  • Joinery (various mortise and tenon and dovetail joints as well as compound joinery)
  • Machine room safety, machine set-up, and procedures
  • Lumber yard trip (measuring for an selecting the correct lumber for a project)
  • Turning (spindle and faceplate)
  • Veneering
  • Case and table construction
  • Finishing

Classes start in September, February, and June throughout the year, and are posted for registration 4-5 months in advance.

Qualifying Veterans may use their post-9/11 GI Bill® to cover the tuition for this course. Download a PDF here for more information.

COVID-19 Update

We are planning to reintroduce in-person Continuing Education classes in Winter/Spring of 2022. Stay tuned for class listings, coming soon!

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Jamey Pope CF ’06

Jamey is a 2006 graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Before becoming a custom furniture maker, Jamey was a general contractor. He currently manages a multi-tenant shop in West Concord, MA where he builds custom projects and musical instruments.

Eli Cleveland CF ’09

Since graduating from the Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2009, Eli has been working as a custom furniture maker in the Greater Boston Area. For five years, he also worked on the PBS series Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac. Eli teaches the summer Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive, Introduction to SketchUp, and also spends his time creating custom furniture for clients.

More Information

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class. Many of the tools and supplies for Continuing Education classes are available in our Store. Please call Kristen Odle, our Retail & Exhibit Manager in advance to place an order at 617-227-0155 x140, or stop by during open hours to browse. Click here for Gallery/Store hours and other information.

$6,800 is the full cost of the class.

$800 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at the time of registration. $6,000 is due one month before start of class.

Note: General registration and cancellation policies do not apply to this class. Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. NBSS reserves the right to to withdraw a student from the class due to attendance or interpersonal issues. Students with 5 unexcused absences may be withdrawn from the course and refunds will not be issued.

Qualifying Veterans may use their post-9/11

GI Bill® to cover the tuition for this course. Download a PDF here for more information on the steps needed to do so.

Withdrawal from the course may impact VA housing benefits for those receiving them.

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Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive

Open to beginner and experienced woodworkers alike, NBSS offers an in-depth, comprehensive furniture making course to build a solid foundation in the most essential woodworking skills. It is designed for beginners just starting their woodworking journey and lifelong enthusiastic hobbyists looking to build expertise – and everyone in-between. Read what recent students have learned by taking the course.


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