Woodworking Basics and DIY Course

Duration: 1 Day

Price: £175

Run by: David Free
at Great British Woodshop


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

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About the Course

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

Number of students: 4 max

Price: £175

Duration: 1 Day (0900 - 1700) Day Courses or
3 Evening courses Wednesdays (18:30 to 21:30)

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. 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.

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


Drawing plans and working from them
Battery powered drills
Different types of squares and their uses
Marking techniques and measuring on metal and wood
Drill bits (twist drills, brad point, masonry, forsner bits, hinge bits, speed bits)
Hand planes
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

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

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 aprox 10 mins walk and parking is available at the workshop.

Want to review this course?

I just completed the basic woodwork course. David is a great tutor, who is patient and approachable, and took his time to cover not only the set programme, but any other concerns and questions I had about the project I hope to tackle. At the end of the day, I felt not only more knowledgable on how to carry out my project, but much more confident. The workshop itself is a delight! Kim

- - #15090

I enjoyed this course very much and I recommend it to anyone interested in taking woodwork as a hobby. The course gives you an overview of all basic woodwork techniques and gives you the opportunity to watch a woodwork master in action.

- - #15078

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- - #13912

David was very knowledgable and approachable and i could ask all the questions i wanted. He made sure that the day covered topics that would be relevant to me and offered useful advice on items i might want to consider purchasing as basic essential tools for the tasks i plan to carry out. I feel a lot more confident to carry out basic DIY and woodwork jobs in our house. Thanks David.

- - #13244

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting started with some woodwork and DIY projects. The way the course is structured allows you to gain an understanding in how to work with wood and learn more about the tools and range of techniques available, while also putting it all in practice on the day. David is very knowledgeable and has a very personal approach so he tailors the content to your experience and what you're trying to get out of the day.

- - #10576

I highly recommend this course. David is a natural teacher, very generous with his time, good company and was keen to make sure the course covered the specific learning aspects relevant to me. I was looking for a course which covered the broad aspects (both manual and with power tools) of wood preparation, (cutting, planing, sanding), drilling into various materials, use of various screws, nails, plugs, hinge types, joints and basic box-style construction. He has a fabulous, incredibly well-equipped workshop, which should include every tool anyone may want to use. It's given me the confidence to start on basic woodwork & DIY projects, which is what I was looking for.

- - #10569

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