Plywood Furniture Course

05/04/2024 - 07/04/2024, 3 day course

Museum of Making

Silk Mill Lane off Full Street




Museum of Making at Derby Silk has undergone a £18m refurbishment and welcomed its first visitors in May 2021. Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building stands…

Take inspiration from our DIY exhibition and join Steve Smith, Pattern Maker and furniture maker by trade and the Museum of Making’s Workshop Supervisor, on this weekend course to make your own small plywood unit.

With the opportunity to customise your design – whether a bookcase, display unit or bedside cabinet – you will be guided through a variety of cabinet making processes and techniques, including routing, domino cutting and sanding.

Throughout the course you will also learn to use a range of tools and machinery, including CNC machine, and will work with a selection of plywoods and thicknesses.

You will also discover fascinating connections to Derby Museums’ collections of making, which chart the progress of Derby’s ongoing manufacturing history and the people who were involved.

When does this course take place?

This is a three day course running: 1pm – 6pm on Friday 5th April, 10am-3pm on Saturday 6th November and 10am – 3pm on Sunday 7th April.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those with some woodworking experience or who want to refresh their skills.

Spaces are limited to 6 participants. Museum of Making Members, Friends and Staff can claim a 10% discount.

Participants must be aged 18 years and over.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials, tools, equipment, and aprons will be provided.

Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and strong closed-toe shoes (steel toecaps are preferable).

Lunch is available to purchase from the River Kitchen at the Museum of Making or various eateries and shops in the city centre.

Working safely?

If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending this course please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing

Course booking terms and conditions:

Please note that if you choose to cancel your place your ticket price will be refunded minus the Ticketsource service fee. Your total refund is dependent on the number of days notice given:
– A minimum of 7 days before the event – full refund – minus TicketSource fee
– 6 – 3 days before event – 50% refund minus TicketSource fee
– 2 days before event – no refund
In the event that Derby Museums needs to cancel a workshop, your ticket will be refunded in full.

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