Make a pair of traditional saw benches/stools



Spend two and a half days making a pair of beautiful and robust traditional saw benches, which also double as great stools. These are great additions to any workshop or home. Some of the photos in the 'gallery' section show various designs of the saw bench in use around my workshop. The course is designed for two days but we have a half day extra to allow for everyone to finish off. The course is about enjoying the process and learning new skills. Making the saw benches involves a number of skills & processes, such as, marking out, sawing, planing, basic wood turning and using various hand-tools. You will make a quality traditional design of saw bench which has the legs fitted using traditional tapered mortise & tenon joints, they are then secured with glue and contrasting wooden wedges. You will have opportunities to try new tools and techniques, many which are transferable in making other items. The courses are kept to a maximum of 4 people to ensure that everyone gets a good level of support and tuition. The course is run in a safe and friendly atmosphere. The workshop is well equipped and Bill aims to make the course days enjoyable and rewarding. Bill is fully qualified from City & Guilds through to Masters Degree and also fully accredited by BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association). Bill also writes for woodworking magazine 'Quercus' and 'Woodland Heritage'. Please contact Bill if you have any questions.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided. PPE is available where required. Tea and Coffee is available. Please bring a packed lunch, there is a fridge and microwave available for use.


2½ days

Cancellation policy

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


I am a qualified & accredited cabinet maker and furniture restorer. I have a passion for traditional crafts and teach various aspects of making & restoring. I also write for woodwork magazine 'Quercus' and for 'Woodland Heritage'. I feel that our health & quality of life is enhanced by working practically, making and learning new skills. At a time in society, when consumerism has taken hold, we throw too many things away and do not appreciate materials or nature. We must make better and restore more. We need more relaxing workbench time and less screen time!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Accommodation offered
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The Workshop, Barcham Farm, Barcham Road, Soham, Ely,, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TU