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Beginners and intermediate Woodwork Courses

STOP PRESS:

New dates for 2 day beginners courses in July, August and September available now – see below for details. Also dates for September evening course and Router skills course.

If you don’t want to wait that long, we offer one to one days. If this is of interest to you a full day is £235 during the week and £285 at weekends. The day can be completely structured around your specific needs. (2 people fee plus 50%) Contact wharfedaleworkshop@yahoo.com for more information.

You can email us at wharfedaleworkshop@yahoo.com if you would like to sign up for any of our sessions.

Two day weekend Introduction to Fine/Hand Tool Woodwork – £275 (23/24 July – places available) (13/14 August – places available) (10/11 September – places available)

Woodwork – projects – this is reserved for students who wish to continue after their beginners course (Mondays – 6.30-9.00pm Wednesday 12-2.30pm; Wednesday 6.30-9.00pm ) (currently all full)

Router skills course – a one day introduction to routers and routing – £165 ( 26 June – full) (25 September – places available)

6 week evening introduction to woodworking plus box making – £175 including all materials This course will make a small dovetail box out of oak or beech whilst also covering the basics introduction to hand tool woodworking; sawing, chiseling, planing, marking out accurately and finishing a piece to a high standard. (Thursday 8 September – places available)

One to one sessions: a full day is £235 during the week and £285 at weekends.

Small wooden “vouchers” are available for the one day course as presents – see below!

Below you will find more details on each of the courses. You can email us at wharfedaleworkshop@yahoo.com if you would like to sign up for any of our sessions. You can also call 07341 828 954.

Small print: We require full payment on booking. If national or local Covid restrictions change meaning you cannot attend then we will refund or re-schedule as you prefer. Cancellations: Up to 4 weeks before course – money refunded or re-scheduled; 2-4 weeks before course – we will try to fill your place with a reserve – if not feasible then 50% of the course fee will be retained; under 2 weeks to the course we will try to fill the place with a reserve – if not feasible then 75% of the course fee will be retained.

Course Reviews

Some students have been kind enough to leave us reviews on Google – you can read them all if you search Google for Wharfedale Workshop – but here are a few comments:

  • Really useful, friendly weekend course, suitable for people with little experience, up to those who have done a lot of woodwork, but always wondered how to do it properly. It also gave me a much better idea of how to care for my tools, and what I needed for my workshop
  • The course massively exceeded my expectation and has converted me from a “power tools are the answer, what’s the question” to “hand tools are amazing”.
  • I attended the router course and had a thoroughly enjoyable full day, learning a huge amount to give me confidence in using the tool safely with consistency and accuracy which were my primary objects.
  • I came away from the course feeling much more confident about my woodwork and ready to tackle anything
  • It is safe to say I learnt a lot over the 6 weeks including both techniques and about the ‘art’ of woodworking. Great to be able to make something which at the start of the course appeared quite complex.
  • Had a great experience on the beginner course, just had a lovely time overall. I learned really helpful skills in tool maintenance as well as wood working and I am looking forward to using these skills in future projects
  • Excellent learning about tools, using them effectively and tuning/maintaining them, materials, woods and buying, all the way through to workshop and bench tools. Lots of hands on. It hugely helped my skills, and helped me to make decisions about what to buy, and renewed my project ambitions. I can highly recommend
  • All in all, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from the course but it surpassed my expectations and I’ll certainly be interested to come back for another course in the future

Two day weekend Introduction to Woodwork

This is a fun but pretty intensive course for hand tool woodwork beginners and will be fairly hard work as we will cover a lot of ground. Much of the 2 days will be hands on with tools putting the skills you learn into practice; we will also have time to go into a fair degree of depth about the various subjects. This course is very much an introduction to fine woodworking and whilst some techniques may be useful for the keen house DIYer, those who get most out of the course tend to be embarking on or re-kindling a commitment to hand tool woodworking.

Subjects we will cover include:

Safety: workshop safety, using tools safely and now Covid safety and how we are going to use the workshop and keep safe.

Sawing: different types of saws, using a bench hook

Planing: different types of planes, maintaining a plane, sharpening a plane, using a bench plane, using a block plane, using a shooting board

Chiseling: different types of chisels, sharpening a chisel

Sharpening: primarily focused on chisels and planes, freehand sharpening, using a honing guide of varying types, using the Scary Sharp system, using a diamond plate, water stones, using a strop

Marking out; basic concepts, face side/face edge, using a marking gauge (traditional and wheel), marking with a knife, using metal squares and metal rulers

Wood: different species of wood and their characteristics, grain, movement, sawing patterns, sourcing and buying wood

Jointing: different types of joints and their properties including cutting a traditional mortice and tenon joint

Dovetail jointing: basic concept, dovetail guides/jigs, marking out, sawing with dovetail saw and fretsaw.

Sanding and finishing wood with waxes and oils

Tools: some of you may already have some tools – some of you are starting from scratch. We’ll talk through what the basics are, what you can make, what you can get second hand (and re-furbish with your newly found sharpening skills) and what may be worth investing a few pounds in. Over the 2 days you will get the chance to use a lot of different tools and should begin to get a sense of what you need. The following three “tools” all work really well; one from a car boot for 50p, one from Aldi for £3.99 and one from Workshop Heaven*. (*Workshop Heaven is actually a real fine woodworking specialist not a joke! Wharfedale Workshop students get a 10% discount at http://www.workshopheaven.co.uk)

One day beginners course

The one day beginners course is really a condensed version of the 2 day course although it obviously covers the subjects in less depth. As with the longer course, this day is very much an introduction to fine woodworking and whilst some techniques may be useful for the keen house DIYer, those who get most out of the course tend to be embarking on or re-kindling a commitment to hand tool woodworking.

We cover use of a hand plane, chiseling, sawing, marking out and will cut a simple dovetail joint in the morning and a mortice and tenon joint in the afternoon. (The “box pack” is not part of this course as there is insufficient time)

See top of page for latest availability. You can email us at wharfedaleworkshop@yahoo.com if you would like to sign up for any of our sessions. You can also call 07341 828 954.

Router skills course

This one day course is designed for absolute routing beginners. We cover a lot of ground including: Basic router overview, Router set up,trim router vs plunge router, router power, router speeds, Collet sizes, Bit choice/different types of bits, Speed, Direction of cut, Guide bushes, Extraction, Fences, Feather boards etc. Depth stop and depth setting, Chamfers, Round overs, Grooves (plus tongue and groove), Mortice and tenon, Routing jigs, Rebates, Circle cutting, Router tables (although mainly hand held routing)

Our goal is to leave you knowing how to use your router safely and accurately in a variety of situations. We have a good selection of trim routers and plunge routers in the workshop for you to use, but you are encouraged to bring along your own routers as well as long as these are under 12 months old (for safety reasons)

Some work by our students


Get in Touch

Wharfedale Workshop
The Cornmill, Ilkley, West Yorks., LS29 8HT
wharfedaleworkshop@yahoo.com

Call us on 07341 828 954


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