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.

Classes typically start in September, February, and June throughout the year, and are posted for registration three months in advance. Qualifying veterans may use VA benefits, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) benefits, to cover the tuition for this course. Download a PDF for more information.

The Fall course will run from Monday, September 12 to Thursday, December 8. Class meets Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with an hour for lunch.

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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

Supplies

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 email our Store at store@nbss.edu, call 617-227-0155 x140, or stop by during open hours to browse. View Store hours and other information.

Costs

$7,585 is the full cost of the class. A one-time, $900 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at the time of registration. $6,685 is due two weeks before start of class.

Qualifying veterans may use VA benefits, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) benefits, to cover the tuition for this course. Download a PDF for more information on the steps needed to do so. Withdrawal from the course may impact VA housing benefits for those receiving them.

Cancellation / Withdrawal

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.

The Student Experience

Learn more about what students learn in the Intensive, which is designed for beginners just starting their woodworking journey and lifelong enthusiastic hobbyists looking to build expertise—and everyone in-between.

Questions?

Read our FAQs, or contact our Continuing Education staff at 617-227-0155 or ce@nbss.edu.