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Learn how to make a side table using basic woodworking tools and techniques. As an introduction to making furniture, a small side table is a good starting point. Explore the basic construction method and the strength of the mortice tenon and joint to create a beautiful table. Take the finished table home to add to your furniture and impress your family and friends.
The course will have a key focus on the use of basic woodworking tools. Across your four days, you will cover the setting up and use of these basic tools, including the hand plane, hand saw and chisels to cut and shape the components of the small side table. You will learn how to create the smooth surface of the tapered legs and how to create the top of the table using a hand plane. Furthermore, you will cover the jointing and fitting of the table top with traditional buttons. Step by step guidance will be given on how to use each hand tool, along with maintenance to keep the tools sharp and fine tuned. The beautifully finished table can be taken home with you, along with the traditional skills you'll learn throughout the course.
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.
No woodwork experience is needed although this course may be of interest to those with some woodworking skills.
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