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Woodworking - Beginner/Intermediate - two days

English Oak dovetailed box - course project

About the Course

This two day course is intended to stretch those with a degree of woodworking experience or maybe has already attended my Beginners/Basics course. However, this is not essential, as full detailed instruction will be given in the making of a small box with lift off lid.

The theme will be the detailed process of hand cutting dovetails. This will give you an introduction and experience into creating the cabinet maker's ultimate joint.

The course will be predominately project led through the making of a small trinket box in English Oak, hand-crafted by you to take home.

I have a relaxed and informal approach to tuition and there will be no more than four participants on the course to allow for maximum individual attention.

The Dovetail workshop, is located in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, based in a Grade II listed, mid 19th century boat maintenance building on the Shropshire Union Canal and is within easy reach of the M6, J14.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Timber and any other materials for the project are included as is the provision of all tools and equipment required for the course.

There are drinks making facilities at the workshop for tea/coffee breaks throughout the day. For lunch; Norbury Wharf Ltd operate a tearoom where you will be able to buy food to eat there or bring back to the workshop. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat within the workshop.

NB Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be accepted on to this course.


Steve Barlow at Dovetail Woodworking
Norbury Wharf
Norbury Junction
ST20 0PN
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday

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2 days (9:00am to 4:00pm)

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I can’t recommend this course highly enough. The workshop environment is peaceful and the building is historically interesting. Steve is a patient, good humoured and knowledgeable tutor while the course he has designed is well structured, builds logically from one stage to the next, and is timed perfectly to ensure that every student has the necessary time to work on each task and to go home with a finished product at the end of the course – all without any pressure. I’ll definitely be back for more in the future!

Response from Dovetail Woodworking:

Hi Alison, so glad you enjoyed the Dovetail Box making course and the traditional workshop environment. Steve

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