Hand Veneering (short course)

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Why study this course?

Learn the traditional craft of hand veneering and turn a piece of plywood into a work of art.

More about this course

On this course you will be taught the necessary skills to hand veneer.

This course is suitable for beginners and for those with some experience. The course will appeal to anyone involved in the preservation of artefacts, as well as those who wish to use techniques in the production of their art or craft work. These might include professionals and volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage organisations.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Course structure

Day one:

  • introduction to the course, icebreaker, health and safety
  • appraisal of the all the tools/machines and the processes of using and maintaining their effectiveness
  • looking at materials used in hand veneering
  • identifying the boards to be used that have been previously edged
  • designs for the top board to be discussed and sketched
  • board preparation - how to, with what and why?
  • veneer prep and laying of it in two halves being book matched to the back/bottom of the board using the veneer hammer and glue
  • fault finding and trimming off

Day two:

  • recapping on processes and correct any faults found
  • continuing with the design for the top and preparation of the veneer for the top
  • discussing the different types of veneers and the variables of using them
  • starting application of the top veneers in the discussed sequences to effect the design, cleaning up, trimming and clamping
  • uses of the scratch stock and removal of the waste veneer

Day three:

  • recapping of the methods used and continue to lay the top design with banding and stringing
  • discussing other methods of veneering and asymmetrical/symmetrical designs
  • continuing with the designs for the top and processes involved for laying in a piece of parquetry and the cutting of this and securing the pieces accurately

Day four:

  • reviewing and recapping on the progress of the top designs with the banding/stringing and parquetry
  • making adjustments where necessary and introducing the materials and tools used to clean up
  • continuing with cleaning up the boards, both sides and possibly the edges
  • discussing the processes of using Shellac finishes to enhance the board
  • discussing the course and gain feedback

Course dates

Course dates 09 January to 30 January 2020
Length One day a week for four weeks
Day and time Thursday,?10.30am to 4.30pm
Maximum class size 15
Contact hours 20


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The cost of materials is included in the course fee.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.