DIY – Basic Woodwork


DIY – Basic Woodwork

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Learn basic woodwork skills and how to use the essential tools. DIY skills include hanging shelves, using a variety of different fixings, and practical joinery for the homeowner.

Content score (practical/info-theory): 5/5

All safety equipment is provided but please wear clothes suitable for being in a workshop.


  • Drawing plans and working from them
  • Battery powered drills
  • Different types of squares and their uses
  • Marking techniques and measuring on metal and wood
  • Drilling
  • Drill bits (twist drills, brad point, masonry, forstner bits, hinge bits, speed bits)
  • Profile gauges
  • Plum lines
  • Hand planes
  • Chisels
  • Fasteners (nails, screws, wall fixings, concrete anchors, expanding and cam fixings)
  • Handsaws, Hacksaws, Coping saws
  • Files and rasps
  • Mitre blocks and Bench hooks
  • Timber selection for your projects
  • How to sharpen tools
  • Types of basic joints (lap joints, half joints, mortise and tenon, pocket screws, box and dovetail joints)
  • Hinge types
  • Mortising for hinges and locks and how to install
  • Basic jigs to make your life easy
  • Spirit and Laser levels
  • Sanding and preparing for finish

General information for your visit

Please wear clothes suitable for dusty work, sensible shoes, and your own lunch. There is a local shop nearby if you wish to buy lunch or you can bring a packed lunch with you. Tea and coffee is provided at lunch.

If you have some of your own tools and would like to learn how to use them properly, then you are welcome to bring them and use them on the course. We have a fully equipped workshop so there is no need to bring anything, but some students like to bring their own.


Starts: 09:30 AM
Ends: 05:00 PM

Location: Cherry Lodge, Oakcroft Rd West Byfleet, Surrey KT14 6JH

DAY CLASS FOR BEGINNERS Learn basic woodwork skills and how to use the essential tools. DIY skills include hanging shelves, using a variety of different fixings, and practical joinery for the homeowner.

Ticket Information

DIY - Basic Woodwork - 21st August, 9.30-5.00pm
DIY - Basic Woodwork - 13th July 2024, 9.30-5.00pm
Sales Ended: 22 May 2024 04:00 PM
DIY - Basic Woodwork - 29th June 2024, 9.30-5.00pm
Sales Ended: 28 June 2024 04:00 PM
DIY - Basic Woodwork - 10th July 2024, 9.30-5.00pm
Sales Ended: 9 July 2024 04:00 PM
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DIY - Basic Woodwork - 4th October, 9.30-5.00pm
DIY - Basic Woodwork - 19th October, 9.30-5.00pm

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"I did the Woodwork and DIY day course as a complete beginner and really enjoyed it. It was a perfect balance of theory and practice and David is an excellent teacher. We had the chance to ask him a lot of questions and he explained everything in a very digestable and memorable way. I have learned a lot and look forward to starting my project soon."
DIY – Basic Woodwork
"I did this course in August and had a very enjoyable and informative day. David was a very approachable teacher with a wealth of experience in many of the building trades and was more than willing to share his knowledge and tips with the three of us that attended.I learned a great deal, especially about the correct way of doing things such as measuring, marking out, drilling, sawing, fixings, joints - things that I found out I've been doing incorrectly for years! The course has really given me the confidence to start working on jobs around the house again. Thanks David!"
DIY – Basic Woodwork
"Thoroughly enjoyed the day on this class. I took it in the hopes of getting a broad overview of woodworking and whistlestop tour of DIY with that context, especially for a near-beginner. The day was really well-run, chock full of useful info and tips and has left me with a great ground-level intro of where to start, particularly around the tools I already have, where there are gaps, but most importantly, the huge range of quality work you can get done with actually just a few tools and techniques. David was really clear throughout, gave the info in a digestible order at a fast clip, answered loads of questions patiently throughout, and I've come away with extremely practical tips and more confidence on what I can do next. Thoroughly recommended. Thanks folks!"
DIY – Basic Woodwork