I'd like to welcome you to our workshop and in this one day introductory course to hand tools and basic DIY you will learn how to use non power tool options to woodworking. I feel some power tools are essential in the home or home workshop, a battery powered drill for instance is inexpensive and can be used for dozens of jobs around the home. Content score (practical/info-theory): 5/5 All courses are taught in the Great British Woodshop as seen on the Discovery Channel TV series by presenter David Free. Students will learn how to use handsaws, hand planes, marking out and cutting, drilling, how to install door hinges and much more so it is a practical hands on course not just theory and you will learn how to use the tools properly and safely and you will have learnt skills to use around the house to repair most common problems or feel comfortable in tackling the next flat pack job. Social distancing Small class numbers All safety equipment is provided but wear clothes suitable for being in a workshop. Course content - Drawing plans and working from them - Battery powered drills - Different types of squares and their uses - Marking techniques and measuring on metal and wood - Drilling - Drill bits (twist drills, brad point, masonry, forstner bits, hinge bits, speed bits) - Hand planes - Chisels - Fasteners (nails, screws, wall fixings, concrete anchors, expanding fixings) - Handsaws, Hacksaws, Coping saws - Files and rasps - Mitre blocks and Bench hooks - Timber selection for your projects - Making basic joints (lap joints, half joints, mortise and tenon, pocket screws, box and dovetail joints) - Hinge types - Mortising for hinges and locks and how to install - Basic jigs to make your life easy - Spirit and Laser levels - Sanding and preparing for finish Course located in Surrey.

What's included in the price?

Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, parking is available on the driveway. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. There is no lunch provided so bring your own or there is a local shop 1 min drive away. Local train station is approx 10 mins walk and parking is available at the workshop.


7½ hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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Cherry Lodge, Oakcroft Rd, Oakcroft Rd, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6JH