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Woodworking - Make Your Own Workbench

Completed 8' x 2' 6" workbench, lower tool shelf and 7" vice

About the Course

If you are looking for a good solid workbench, making your own on this two day course could be just what you’ve been after.

The bench will be of a sturdy mortice and tenon construction, to dimensions that suit your needs, (max 2400mm x 700mm) and includes an Irwin Record 7" vice. (also available without a vice, please see my website)

Timber will be provided planed, ready for you to start making straight away, for an intensive but rewarding two days.

It can be dismantled (including the top jointed in two pieces if required) for ease of transportation. NB delivery is not included in the course fee.

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 (European Redwood) and all other materials for the workbench 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
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners

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2 days (9:00am to 4:30pm)

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- - #30028

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Response from Dovetail Woodworking:

Hi Carl,

Thank you very much for your generous words. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the course and will be able to appreciate your labours in the years ahead. Steve

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- - #28772

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Response from Dovetail Woodworking:

Thanks for the very generous review and I hope you have many enjoyable hours at your new bench. Steve

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- - #27125

Having previously attended Steve's beginner course, I enjoyed his relaxed style and patient tutoring so much that I enrolled on the workbench making course straight away. This course was just as good as I had hoped it would be, and I learnt a huge amount over the two days. The added bonus is that I now have a superb workbench in my workshop which will serve me for a very long time. I am in the process of enrolling on my third course with Steve which should tell you something!

If you are in the market for a workbench, then I can't think of a single reason not to do it this way. You won't buy one that is this high quality for the money and you'll learn heaps about woodworking along the way in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.

I can't recommend this course, and Steve, highly enough. A brilliant experience, thank you Steve.

Response from Dovetail Woodworking:

Hi Joe,

Thanks for the review. Good to know you managed to re-assemble the bench without too much difficulty - the top is quite heavy and awkward on your own. All the best, Steve.

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- - #26765

Just spent a fantastic few days with Steve making a workbench. The course content was good for a beginner woodworker and the bench is well designed and really solid.

Steve is a really approachable and encouraging teacher. His skill and patience not only allowed me to make a great bench but also helped my confidence to start some small projects of my own.

A big thank you to Steve.

Response from Dovetail Woodworking:

Good to hear that you found the bench making course enjoyable and it has spurred you on to further woodworking.

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- - #26757

Superb 2 day Workbench course. Great location\facilities and Steve is an excellent tutor. He explains every detail all along the way with patience and answers any questions you may have. He is a expert craftsman and I learnt so much. Highly recommended, and really pleased with my end result. Thank you Steve. 10/10. 👍

Response from Dovetail Woodworking:

Thanks very much. So glad you enjoyed making your own bench.

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