Learn how to use basic woodworking tools on our one day Bird, Bee and Bat Boxes course. A great foundation course for anyone looking to embark on the woodworking journey. Be guided by your tutor through the basic woodworking hand tools; including marking out, cutting with handsaws, sharpening to size using hand planes and spokeshaves and how to mark out and measure. Use the tools and your newly learnt knowledge to create and construct a bird, bee or bat box. Take your finished decorative box home to display in your garden and create a perfect hollow for the environment!
Begin your day by choosing which box you will construct throughout the day; a bird, bee or bat box. Your tutor will then take you on a step-by-step guide on how to use basic woodworking tools. You will learn about measuring and marking tools, work holding tools, cutting using a handsaw and how to setup and use a hand plane. Following this, you will then learn how to use basic jointing methods to construct your decorative box.
Everything you need to make and complete your chosen box will be supplied, except the live test subjects!
Items you take home can change depending on the resources and materials available on the day.
You will start your day with a welcome talk, including a hot drink, health and safety brief and a breakdown and review of the equipment you will be using.
This is a 'hands-on' course, each student being able to work at their own pace. The tutor will be able to demonstrate and explain the techniques to the group as a whole and individuals as required.
The minimum age is 14 years old and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the course and must not be left unattended during class hours. If you would like to read our terms and conditions click here.
A most enriching experience!
I spent a fabulous week at the Axminster Tools training centre making a Windsor chair, although I am a keen woodworker, I learnt so much more on this course and was able to use tools of the highest quality and have tuition in their use. The tutors were excellent and extremely patient and helpful, not at all like being in an educational situation. I can highly recommend this course and the education centre, a most enriching experience.Roger T, Windsor Chair Course
Very pleased with the day
Attended this sharpening course with five other students! All had various tools to sharpen. Jason provided excellent tuition. Gave tuition on the various ways to sharpen tools. Lots of tips and tricks to obtain a sharp edge. Came away with my tools well sharpened. Very pleased with the day. Thanks to the Skill Centre staff for looking after us.Harold R, Tool Sharpening Training