Short Course – An Introduction to Bench Joinery

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12 day, Saturday Course. Apply for Autumn term. Dates to be confirmed but likely start in mid September for 12 weeks

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.
A final project will be 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


  • 12 Saturdays from mid September, dates TBC
All dates are subject to change
  • 12 day Saturday Course is £1,250. Please apply via website to register your interest and we will contact you with further details 
  • Non-refundable deposit and registration fee of £150 wills secure your place.
  • Remaining £1100 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