At the Great British Woodshop, students of all abilities are given a warm welcome at our large and fully tooled workshop in West Byfleet, Surrey.

You can learn a variety of different skills with us, depending on your interests.  Courses include Woodwork, DIY, Special Project Courses, Spray Painting, Upcycling and Upholstery and we also hold a popular Saturday club for 11-16 year olds.  

The Great British Woodshop run daytime, evening and weekend courses to fit in with busy lifestyles.  Class sizes are deliberately kept small for the personal experience and can be tailored to the specific needs of those attending on any given day.

Courses are run by woodworking craftsman and television presenter David Free. DRB certified, David has been practising woodwork for 40 years and has been teaching all ages for 20 of those.   David is passionate about sharing his woodwork and DIY knowledge with others.

      



 

KIDS AND JUNIOR SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS 2019

Saturday Club and Parents and Child sessions
Please check the workshop to make sure of the age group as some projects will be more complex than others.

Please note children age 8 to 10 must be accompanied by an adult.   An adult or carer is welcome to attend with their child at no extra charge.

Please click on the links below for more information and to book:

Juniors - Monday 5th August 9.30-1.30pm, Build a wooden deckchair to take home. Age 11-16 £65 

Kids - Monday 5th August 2-4pm, Make a personalised coaster and key ring. Age 8+ £15
Kids - Tuesday 6th August 9am-12pm, Kids Jewellery/Collections Box, Age 10+  £40
Kids - Tues 6th August 1-4pm, Make your own Helicopter model, age 8+  £30
Kids - Wednesday 7th August 10am-1pm, Make your own toolbox, age 10+  £32
Kids - Wednesday 7th August 2-4pm, Marshmallow Catapult challenge, 8+ £25
Kids - Thursday 8th August 9.30-1.30pm, Junior Woodwork Basics, age 11-16 £60
Kids - Thursday 8th August 2.30-4.30pm, Build a paddle boat challenge, age 8+  £15
Monday 19th August 9.30am-1.30pm, Junior DIY Class, age 11-16 £60 
Kids - Monday 19th August 2.30-4.30pm, Make a personalised coaster and key ring. Age 8+ £15
Juniors - Tuesday 20th August 9.00am-1.00pm, Build a wooden deckchair to take home. Age 11-16 £65
Kids - Tuesday 20th August 2-4pm, Marshmallow Catapult challenge, 8+ £25  
Kids - Wednesday 21st August 10am-12pm, Make your own craft box, age 8+  £40
Kids - Wednesday 21st August 2-4pm, Who can build the fastest car challenge, age 8+   £15
Kids Thursday 22nd August 10am-12.30pm, Parent and child - Build your own insect house, 8+  £25
Kids - Thursday 22nd August, 2-4pm, Make your own robot £20
Kids - Tuesday 27th August 10am-12pm Make a Toy Crate, £25 Age 8-16  £25
Kids - Tuesday 27th August 2-5pm, Make a model pirate ship, age 8+  £30

HOME DIY COURSE

Home DIY course: Learn how to do maintenance and DIY for your home
New dates added for 2019!  There are mixed and ladies only days; please see class description for details.

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £125
Duration:1 Day (10:00 – 16:00) Day Courses
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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BASIC WOODWORKING AND DIY COURSE

Basic Woodworking and DIY Course: Learn how to do basic woodworking and hanging pictures, drilling, sawing etc.

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £175
Duration:1 Day (0900 - 1700) Day Courses
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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NEW MORTICE AND TENON DAY COURSE

Mortice and Tenon joints are used for many different types of construction including the construction of tables, chairs, windows, doors, stools and other structures.

Join David at the Great British Woodshop to learn about these joints ready for your next project.

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £125
Duration:1 Day (10.00-16.00) Day Courses Only
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

Mortice and Tenon Day Course - 10.00am-4.00pm
WOODWORKING ADULT TASTER COURSES

Woodwork taster courses: Learn some basic woodworking skills
Number of students: 6 max
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

 
Adult taster course - make a craft box - 2 hour course. 

 £40

Adult taster - make a jewellery box, 9.30-12.30
 £50
MAKE A WOODEN DECKCHAIR

Make a wooden deckchair: Learn how to make a wooden deckchair to take home.
Number of students: 6 max

Price: £65
Duration: 4 hour day Courses
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

 Make a wooden deckchair, 4 hour class, £65
BEGINNERS WOODWORK COURSE

Basic woodwork course:  Make a serving tray
Learn how to measure, cut, joints, techniques using hand and power tools. Learn design, layout, cutting lists and much more.

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £125
Duration:1 Day (10:00 – 16:00) Day Courses
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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Intermediate Woodwork Project Courses

Intermediate - Build your own coffee table

Woodwork project intermediate -Make a coffee table, 9am-5pm

Intermediate - Build a contemporary magazine rack

Intermediate Woodwork course - Make a contemporary magazine rack

Coming soon:
Intermediate - Build a versatile Wall shelf for storage of keys etc.
Intermediate - Build an Ottoman
Intermediate - Build a shoe rack


Number of students: 4-6

Duration:1 Day.  Courses range from 9.00am-17:00pm to 10.00am - 16:00pm. 
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

 



ULTIMATE POWER TOOLS DAY COURSE

Power Tool Course: Use and understand every power tool your ever likely to see, the ultimate power tool course.

Number of students: 4 max
Price: £200
Duration:1 Day (0900 - 1700) Day Courses Only
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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KITCHEN CUPBOARD DOOR UPCYCLING

Kitchen cupboard door upcycling: Learn to make minor repairs and repaint your kitchen cupboards.  Course covers overlay versus inset hinges, soft-close hinges, making your own doors, door adjustments and refinishing.

Kitchen cupboard door upcycling - 2 hour course

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £50
Duration: 2 hours
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

 
SPRAY PAINTING AND FINISHING COURSES

Spray Painting: Learn how to paint everything from an upcycled chair to your car.

Number of students: 2 max
Price: £250
Duration:1 Day (0930 - 1700) Day Courses Only
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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UPCYCLING & UPHOLSTERY COURSE (DAY CLASS)

Beginner’s Upcycling class (level 1)
9am-12pm £50
* Learn how to make minor repairs.
* Learn how to apply different paint and finishing techniques.
Upcycling techniques class, 9am-12pm, £50

Beginner’s Upholstery class (level 1)
1pm-4pm £50~
* Learn how to strip, pad and cover (chair only).
* Learn how to use upholstery tools and materials (chair only)
Basic upholstery sundries are included
Beginner's Upholstery, 1-4pm, £50

Upcycling & Upholstery Course: Basic upholstery and repair of furniture, £150
Upcycle and re-upholster a dining chair - available dates and book now

Number of students: 4 max
Duration:1 Day (09:00 – 17:00) Day Courses
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

  
PALLET UPCYCLING - MAKE A CHAIR OR TABLE TO TAKE AWAY!

Pallet Upcycling - Make a chair or table to take away!  : Making furniture from old pallets.
Furniture can be flat packed for easy transportation home.

Pallet Upcycling - make a table to take away! 10am-4pm


Number of students: 6 max
Price: £125
Duration:1 Day (10:00 – 16:00) Day Courses
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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NEW COURSE - BASIC PLASTERBOARDING AND FILLING

Basic plasterboarding and finishing course: 

Learn these skills:

  • How to cut and fix plaster board to walls and ceilings
  • How to tape square edge and tapered edge joints
  • How to cut and fix angle beads around windows, corners and reveals
  • How to cut and fix stop beads
  • How to mix plastering materials
  • How to use trowels and hawks
  • Surface preparation and skimming
  • Fixing holes and touch ups

  • Sealing the wall and prepping for painting 

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £25
Duration: 2 hours (10:00 – 12:00) 
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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BASIC TILING COURSE

Basic Tiling Course: Learn basic skills including setting out tiling work, different adhesives, tools,cutting tiles, tiling round different areas etc.

Number of students: 6 max
Price: £25
Duration: 2 hours
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

  

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BASIC COURSE- HOW TO LAY LAMINATE FLOORING

BASIC COURSE - LEARN TO LAY LAMINATE FLOORING.
In this course you will learn how to plan out the laying of your floor, working out the total area so you purchase the correct amount of material. Different material thicknesses and the reasons for the choice. Underlay selection and cutting. Cutting the flooring to size and fitting each piece together and trimming the last section on each run. Dealing with the perimeter of the room and the edges of the flooring. Also removing scratches from laminate flooring.

Number of students: 6 max

Price: £25
Duration: 2 hours
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343

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Basic Electrical Course

Basic Electrical Course - Part 1

Our Basic Electrical Course is for the DIY homeowner and is not a basic electrician course. You will learn how things work and what they do and ask all the questions you've ever had. This is not just 240V electrics but also the basics for DC and Audio. Learn about consumer units, breakers, lighting and power and lots more.

Number of students: 6 max

Price: £30
Duration: 3 hours, various dates and times
Run by: David Free
at Great British Woodshop
07767445343

Basic Electrical Course - Part 1, 3 Hour Course 

 

Basic Electrical Course - Part 2 (practical)

Building on the theory from part 1, you will learn more practical skills.  See the website for more detailed course content.

Number of students: 6 max

Price: £30
Duration: 3 hours, various dates and times
Run by: David Free
at Great British Woodshop 
07767445343



BASIC PLUMBING COURSE

This course is not designed to get you ready for a career as a professional plumber. This is for homeowners who want to learn the basics so they can repair or fix simple common plumbing problems around the house.

With a few basics and a bit of confidence there are many simple jobs like fixing leaking taps or toilets that you can do yourself, so why pay a professional plumber £70 for something you can fix in 5 minutes.

Tasks and Topics covered include:

* Water storage and hot water systems
* Tap washer and cartridge replacement
* Poly pipe fittings
* How to replace a length of copper pipe with new poly pipe
* Removing and installing new taps
* Specific tools for plumbing
* Soldering
* Sealing threads to stop leaks
* Working with copper pipe, copper fittings, cutting copper pipe and poly pipe
* Isolating valves
* Waste and Traps
* Replacing or repairing toilet parts, what are they and what do they do
* Flush valves 
* Flappers
* Handles
* Chains
* Overflows

This 3 hour basics course will give you the confidence to tackle some of those simple repair jobs and get some answers to all those DIY questions.

Number of students: 6 max

Price: £30
Duration: 3 hours
Run by: David Free at Great British Woodshop 07767445343


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