Ultimate power tools

Power tools course, West Byfleet, Surrey


All power tool workshops are taught in the Great British Woodshop as seen on the Discovery Channel TV series by presenter David Free.

For those hungry to get their hands on the big toys this is the course for you. If you're already comfortable with hand tools and want those jobs to go faster with less effort then a power tool is the answer. In this course students will learn how to set up and use the tools safely and which is the best tool for each job from rough work to fine cabinet work. You will also learn different woodworking techniques that can make the difference between the project looking like home DIY or a professional piece of work that can be handed down for generations. The right tool for the right job isn't only easier and faster, it gives you a terrific sense of enjoyment, accomplishment and pride.

All safety equipment is provided but wear clothes suitable for being in a workshop.

Course content - You will get hands on experience with the following tools and learn how to operate them safely and how to get the best out of the tool.

Table saw
Band saw
Scroll saw
Circular saw
Reciprocating saw
Power mitre saw
Jig saw
Hole saw
Drill press
Thickness planner
Routers and jigs
Router tables
Power planes
Angle grinders
Grinding and sharping stations
Metal power saws
Belt sanders
Sanding stations
Spindle sanders
Palm sanders
Orbital sanders
Nail guns
Air tools
Fein multitool

David will also cover what to buy and not to buy, maintenance and what to look for in second hand power tools.

Maximum of 4 students. To book please click on the 'Make a booking request' link above.

By booking this course, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.
Available upon request.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


Kirsty Duffey at Great British Woodshop


Cherry Lodge, Oakcroft Rd
Oakcroft Rd
West Byfleet
KT14 6JH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


8 hours (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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In-person course
Chandrika Mukundan - - #22143

Absolutely delighted that I attended this course with David. He is a very knowledgeable, extremely patient and understanding teacher and methodical in his approach. I came out feeling much more confident that I will be able to use the power tools and use them safely.

In-person course
James - - #15500

David put together a bespoke course for me to learn more about routing and wood turning to help me product designs. The first thing you will notice is David has the best workshop you've ever seen and if a tool isn't there it's not needed. He helped me with what I need to know and then a ton of other things I didn't know i needed to know. Not only can I now make the products I want, I can also make them quickly which i could never have done myself. I didn't mention this but I would happily paid much more fo his time.

In-person course
Dom Rudd - - #13040

So glad I spent the time with David learning about how to use so many power tools, some I'd used before but obviously did not fully understand! Some I'd looked at before and thought that I'd never want to or be able to use but I now have the confidence to do so. And I learnt so many extra tips and tricks of the trade from David.
It was a very comprehensive, information packed day which was also very understandable, allowing me to put the use of the tools into perspective. It was well paced allowing me to absorb the information but allowing me unhurried time to practice using the tools. David has a good teaching style and I never felt rushed or hurried. David stuck with us until our objectives had been achieved.
I highly recommend this day and would be really happy to work with David again.

In-person course
Tania - - #13037

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In-person course
Roger Pinnock - - #12303

I was given this as a Christmas present, and what a brilliant gift it proved to be. David is a personable and highly knowledgeable teacher, with a vast array of power tools available. He carefully checked what I wanted to get out of the day before we started, and made sure we achieved it all. As a late starter, I was chuffed to get the advice and confidence I need in selecting the tools I am yet to buy, and in setting up and using those I already have.
Thoroughly recommended.

In-person course
Craige - - #11142

A self-taught do-it-yourselfer, I needed a course that made a step-change in my ability to use power tools accurately, safely and productively. The Great British Woodshop's Power Tools course did exactly this. David Free combines years of furniture building professional knowledge and skills with an ability to provide constructive feedback; he strikes an ideal balance between explanation and providing opportunity for hands-on experience with a range of power tools. Attending the course is akin to working with an old friend who offers advice on projects and with whom you chat about varying topics that range from tennis to skiing over a sandwich at lunch.

In-person course
Gabriela - - #10577

I was amazed with the variety of tools David has in his workshop and how quickly I managed to pick up some of the techniques he was showing. David explained everything very thoroughly and ensured safe handling of all the tools and equipment throughout the day. I would highly recommend his courses.

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