Wood Machining in East Sussex



The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction: Band-saw Dimensioning timber components Cutting dovetails, circles etc. Design & use of a point fence Cutting veneers Cutting tenons Table-saw with sliding table Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table Removing a waney edge Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence Planer-thicknesser Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc. Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work Thicknessing Spindle moulder Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings Using a ring fence & guides for curved work Cutting tenons Morticer Cutting a variety of different mortices Lathe Basic turning techniques Biscuit Jointer Butt joints Mitre jointsCome and learn safely how to use bandsaw, table saw, planer/thicknesser, morticer, spindle moulder and sliding compound mitre saw. Leave us with confidence to use these machines safely and effectively.

What's included in the price?

John will teach you the right way to safely manage those scary items of essential woodworking equipment. This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet. Throughout this course our overriding concern will be safety! Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential. Teaching hours are 9am to 4pm with a short break for lunch. Tea, coffee and cakes are provided, students should bring their own packed lunch.


2 days

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Non-refundable - Refunds are not available


Over the 35 years I have been running a successful bespoke furniture making and antique restoration business, I have become passionate about passing on the skills and knowledge through my Woodworking School. We have designed a range of educational long and short courses that have traditional hand skills at their core, the key requirement being simply enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Parking provided
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Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill, East Sussex, RH15 0SJ