Short Course: Saturday School – An Introduction to Bench Joinery – Summer Term 2022

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This is an ideal beginners class or a refresher course for learners who have been away from working in wood for a while. You will learn the following traditional and heritage skills:

Joints covered (how to set out/cut/fit):

– mortice and tenon
– haunched mortice and tenon
– stopped mortice and tenon
When put together, these 3 joints create an “E” frame.
– mitred half lap
– corner half lap
– tee halving
– dovetail halving
When put together, these 4 joints create an “A” frame.
– franked mortice and tenon
– long and short haunched mortice and tenon
Tools used (including but not limited to):
– Tenon saw
– dovetail saw
– gent saw
– coping saw
– mortice gauge
– marking gauge
– set square
– combination square
– sliding bevel
– selection of planes and chisels

– sharpening chisels and plane blades

Final project will be to make a dovetail tool tray with a traditional wooden mallet.

To register your interest or apply for a place, please use our online form here

College certificate

  • Interest in woodworking
  • No prior experience necessary

You will need to bring:

  • Steel toe-capped boots (to be worn at all times while on course)
  • H or 2H pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser/rubber
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebook/paper


  • 10 weeks
  • Course dates 23 April to 02 July 2022 including one week’s half term 04 June
  • Saturdays 10-3pm (TBC)
All dates are subject to change
  • 10 day Saturday Course is £1,050. Please apply via website to register your interest and we will contact you with further details 
  • Non-refundable deposit and registration fee of £150 will secure your place.
  • Remaining £900 payable in two equal instalments.
  • N/A (college certification only)
  • Opportunity to gain material for portfolio or develop your experience in design
  • Other woodworking mainstream programme