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Woodworking for Beginners

This Woodworking for Beginners course is a series of workshop sessions for anyone interested in small furniture-making projects to try their hand at woodworking. If you are interested in making a shelving unit or a small bedside unit then this course will provide you with an opportunity to develop and improve your woodworking skills in a fully-equipped workshop.

Time 17:30 - 20:30
Days Running Thursday
Duration 4 weeks
Location Somer Valley Campus
Price £170
Spaces Course Full
Course Code L93WWB1-SEL1B2021
Course Full
Time 17:30 - 20:30
Days Running Thursday
Duration 4 weeks
Location Somer Valley Campus
Price £170
Spaces Course Full
Course Code L93WWB1-SEL1D2021
Course Full

What topics are covered?

How to set up and use basic woodworking tools; Introduction to basic wood jointing techniques and basic furniture design; Timber selection and timber preparation for woodworking projects; Sharpening woodworking tools.

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone interested in developing their joinery skills. Suitable for beginners, no experience necessary.

How will I learn?

The course is based in a practical workshop and learning will take place by practical demonstrations from the tutor and progress will be made through training exercises and projects.

What can I do after this course?

Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery Diploma

Which department is this course in?

Department of Technology

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus.

What do I need to bring?

All tools and materials will be supplied. If you have safety boots and eye protection please bring them along.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

19 reviews for Woodworking for Beginners

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I loved this course. After only 4 sessions I feel I have the basics to make my own projects out of wood. It’s great to have a tutor whose passion for the craft shines through. Thank you Ollie!

  2. 5 out of 5

    I loved the course and Oli was a fantastic teacher which made the class lots of fun. I would love to do a continuation course to improve my skills.

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I was expecting & have achieved a lot in just 4 weeks.
    Excellent instructions from Ollie- Thank you!

    I would love to do the next course up…

  4. 5 out of 5

    Great course. Ollie explained everything very clearly and was very encouraging. Thank you!

    ( I would be interested in a next level woodwork course)

  5. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I would like to go on to a further course: furniture making & power tools.

  6. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Very Friendly-laid back course. I started with no knowledge and now have a basic understanding of tools, types of wood and joints.

    Would recommend this course to anyone interested in the subject.

  7. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Really enjoyed the course. Perfect mix of essential basic technique. Olly the tutor was very helpful & friendly. Crammed a lot into 4 days of teaching! Thanks!

  8. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I feel so much more confident with wood. Exactly what I wanted from the course.

    Ollie is the man! “Wax on wax off”

  9. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Great fun! Wish the course was longer. Would like a course for the next level please…. tea and biscuits were a bonus! Also woul dlike a “how to use power tools” course.

  10. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Brilliant course showing you how to do joints and even made a frame (even if mine was on a wonk!). Great advice on tools etc provided too.

  11. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Brilliant beginners course – I would definitely recommend it! A great start and intro to woodwork, looking at how to properly sue tools, and how to make basic joints. Lovely tutor, explains and demonstrates quick and simply! A follow on course would be good!

  12. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Great course, great tutor, great tea. A really good intro to basic joint, techniques and good pratices. I just wish it was longer. Facilities were really good and pricing just right.

  13. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    The pace of this brief but informative course was excellent. We were given clear coaching and then the space to try, make errors and make adjustments. Great course. Many thanks.

  14. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Excellent course for anyone with little or no experience, or those with a bit more. Paul is a great tutor full of helpful advice and tips. Everyone was able to work at their own pace and discuss their ideas for projects. I learned lots about making a variety of joints and the project of making a small frame give the opportunity to use a range of techniques. Also covered tool sharpening which was very helpful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Just finished this course and thought it was excellent. Paul was a great tutor. The course provided a good combination of practical demonstration and hands on experience. There was the option to complete individual projects- I came with a few ideas of things I wanted to do and a Paul provided excellent support. I completed one project whilst on the course and feel prepared to tackle the others on my list. Good demonstrations of how to use both hand and power tools.
    My only criticism is that it could have been longer.

  16. 5 out of 5

    I’ve just finished the course and loved every minute of it. Paul is a great guy and superb teacher – patient, friendly and very understanding of all levels. As someone who didn’t know his chamfer from his rebate (I do now!) and had never used a plane in his life, I’ve learnt how to make different wood joints and use and maintain tools.

    If you’re thinking of learning some basic handy skills and have little experience then I can not recommend the course highly enough.

  17. 5 out of 5


  18. 5 out of 5

    The course has been configured in just the right way so as to get the foundational principles across in a manageable amount of time.
    In the workbook it would be good to have some example pieces of furniture that a beginner could build on their own at home. Wickes have good guides but I would be interested as to what the Course would suggest.
    Paul was an excellent teacher and guide. He understood the fundamentals and the pace at which each individual student needed to learn. I truly appreciated his attention to detail and thoughtfulness.

  19. 5 out of 5

    This is an excellent course – I can highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good introduction to woodworking techniques. The tutor is really helpful, patient and encouraging and allows you the flexibility to either work through a manual of basic joints and techniques or work on your own project. Although the course focuses more on the use of handtools, you can also use machine tools under instruction if you wish. Really good intro for beginners.

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