Introduction to veneering – make your own veneered tray

Cost: $750

Instructor: Louen Pinpin-Menez

Difficulty: Beginner

Duration: 2 days. Starts at 9am and will finish at 5pm – (1/2 hr lunch).

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Join Louen Pinpin-Menez for this two-day project-based course for beginners with a maximum of 5 students only.  Louen will introduce you to the fundamentals of veneering and woodwork through the process of making a veneered tray.  This will include:

  • A detailed explanation of veneer – what it is, why we veneer, how we obtain veneer, what can be achieved using veneer, it’s aesthetic and technical advantages, the difference between veneering and marquetry, etc.
  • Different techniques for cutting curved and straight lines.
  • Joining veneer sheets to create different patterns – plain, quarter cut, rift-cut, book matching, slip-matching, etc.
  • How to press veneer
  • Troubleshooting common problems

The Tray is 300mm long x 300mm wide x 50mm high

Timber – Tasmanian Golden Sassafras

Veneer – you will have a wonderful selection of veneer sheets to choose from to create your own unique design. (See photo with a small sample of veneers).

There will be handouts, but please also bring a notepad and pen.

We provide the eye and ear protection and disposable dust masks – but please bring your own if you have them. Please wear sensible footwear that completely covers the foot.

veneer project being measured


Louen Pinpin-Menez
Louen Pinpin-Menez

After completing a Bachelors Degree in Fine Furniture Making & Design in France, Louen worked in wooden boat building to extend his knowledge.  Upon his arrival in Australia, he continued working on wooden boat building, honing his skills and craftsmanship.

During this period he was also working on his own creations.  In 2022, he entered a pair of beautiful boxes he had made, into the Australian Wood Review Maker of the Year Awards for which he won the Bowls & Boxes Category.  Take a look at it here –

Payment information

Payment: Full fee payment is required for all courses with your application.

Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation email of your enrolment along with a paid in full tax invoice.

Cancellation: Course places are limited. If a course has to be cancelled due to insufficient enrolments, we will notify you and issue you with a full refund or arrange a transfer to another class.


  • If you need to withdraw from a class, please inform us immediately. If your withdrawal occurs more than 3 weeks before the course start date and you choose not to reschedule, we will refund the amount paid, minus any PayPal or Credit Card charges.
  • For withdrawal within 3 weeks of the course start date or for failure to attend the course, no refunds or transfers are permitted.  However, if we can fill the vacancy from our waitlist, we will issue a refund, minus any PayPal or Credit Card charges, or allow you to transfer to another course date.

GST: All prices include GST

Course Information

$750 incl.gst (includes all materials)

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