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gold 5 day course


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The 5 day Gold course is my long established and popular weekend course expanded to include fitting a smartLock, making and fitting an escutcheon, making a tray, lining and oiling.

And you go away with a completed box at the end of day 5.

The following is an approximate schedule and a few more images:

day 1: select timber and veneer, bookmatch and veneer panel for lid, cut simple joints on pre-converted timber for main carcass, box is glued up ‘closed’ by the end of the day


day 2: exterior of closed box is thoroughly sanded, lid and base levelled, lid cut off and inner edges smoothed, bevels cut, cut in for and fit inlays, scrape/sand lid to finish, oil coat 1 to lid only.

escutcheonday 3: fit hinges, fit lock, make and fit escutcheon. The hinges and locks fitted are, of course, smartHinge and smartLock – smartWare. Go to the smartBoxmaker website for more info on this market leading hardware Note that the key shown above is not the one I supply with the locks.

smartWareday 4: cut keyhole, general sand – oil 2nd coat lid, 1st coat rest. Make tray [not pins], ring runs, 5ish – final coat all.concentration!

day 5: tray: fit pins – smooth – finish wax. Wire wool and wax main box, refit hardware, finish ring-runs before lunch, pm: line box and tray – job done!


I think it’s fair to say people are pleased with what they’re able to produce in 5 days!


I will be adding more information to this page  soon – in the meantime there are some details in two past newsletters, here and here.

Please email me if you have any queries.

updated 27/11/2015











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