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. We have a mixture of beginner and in-depth more advanced classes at the Great British Woodshop to help you improve your skill set. So whether you want to learn a new skill or just save some money instead of bringing in a trade for simple tasks we will get you there.


Choose your class

Type of Class
Type of Class


3 HOUR COURSE Our Basic Electrical Course is for the DIY homeowner and is not an electrician course. THIS CLASS IS MORE THEORY-BASED.

Basic electrical course part 2

3 HOUR COURSE Our Basic Electrical Course is for the DIY homeowner and is not an electrician qualification. THIS CLASS IS MORE PRACTICAL AND FOLLOWS ON FROM PART 1.

Basic Plasterboarding and Filling course

3 HOUR COURSE Learn the skills required to cut and fix plasterboard to walls and ceilings including surface preparation, taping and filling, repairs, dealing with corners and much more.

Basic plumbing

3 HOUR COURSE This course is for homeowners who want to learn the basics so they can repair or fix simple common plumbing problems around the house.

Basic Tiling

2 HOUR COURSE Learn basic skills including setting out tiling work, different adhesives, tools, cutting tiles, tiling round difficult areas. Join us as we uncover the mysteries of tiling.

Basic upholstery – half day

Half day 3 hour class for beginners. Learn how to: Strip, pad, and cover. Learn how to use upholstery tools and materials. Bring your own fabric to re-upholster your Slip Seat. We also have other materials you can purchase at the workshop.

Basic upholstery – full day

Day class for beginners. Repair Shop style of restoring your chair. Learn to strip, pad, and cover a dining chair and make minor repairs.

DIY – Basic Woodwork

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.


DAY CLASS FOR BEGINNERS This "how to" class is aimed at the homeowner who would like to build their home maintenance, repair, and home renovating skills.

Essential Power Tools – Drill, Jigsaw, Circular Saw

Join David for a crash course on the Drill, the Circular Saw and the Jigsaw to learn all the do’s and don’ts.   Learn how to use these three DIY lifesavers properly and safely.

Hanging a door

DAY CLASS BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE In this practical class, you will learn how to hang a door. You will mount lock-work, mark out for hinges, and create the mortises in the door and frame with a chisel and a router.

How to make a deck

3 HOUR COURSE How to lay your own deck (decking) from start to finish.

Make a canvas deckchair workshop

4 HOUR CLASS Build yourself one of the most comfortable chairs that are as much at home on an ocean liner or by the beach.

Make a child’s chair

DAY CLASS This class will involve marking out, cutting and creating Mortise & Tenon joints so understanding them will be a great asset to building future projects. This small child size chair that can be handed down from generation to generation, is a miniature copy of the full size adult chair so all the same techniques are used.

Make a coffee table

DAY CLASS INTERMEDIATE Make a coffee table to take away. Upgrade to hardwood materials is possible. No fixings in this project, this is a joinery class. The finished size of the table is not set, you can vary the size to suit your requirements.



"An excellent day course, that provided a complete overview of Spray Painting with a good balance of progressive theory and practical application. David's extension knowledge and skill allows for the training to be delivered at an individual level, all practical skills were delivered with all safety considerations taught using first class equipment and materials. Overall a professionally delivered skills course, all you need to start spraying safety with plenty of tips and advice throughout the day, thanks. "
Nick O'Shea
Ultimate Power tools - "A really good course, covering everything that you might need or want to know. I really recommend it. Fantastic. I'll be going back for some more as there is a great range of areas covered by the various courses."
Simon Hall
Upholstery full day class - strip, pad and cover a dining chair - "As a lover of all things arts and crafts, I was very excited to find a woodwork company that offered day classes, rather than courses, relatively locally. The course I attended was run by David, who seems to be a master in pretty much everything and an all-round fascinating man. Nearly eight hours in the workshop flew by and I had a thoroughly enjoyable day. What a workshop!!! There are many courses covering a wide variety of topics from plumbing to making a deck chair; I attended the full day upholstery class. In addition to coming home with a wonderfully revamped kitchen chair, I learnt so much from David, just chatting to him about woodwork and tools. The Great British Woodshop really is great. Fantastic in fact. I highly recommend them and in actual fact have booked on my next project!"
Leanne O'Neill