Occasional table course

Duration: 18.0 hours - 2 x  Saturday all day

On this course you will make the coffee table illustrated below:

You will be taught how to:

  • choose and mark up your wood; 
  • use both measuring and marking up tools very accurately;
  • use saws, chisels and a plane to a high standard;
  • mark up mortice and tenon joints, mitre joints and halving joints and cut them precisely;
  • use a biscuit jointer;
  • pin elements to each other having applied glue;
  • use a jig to create dowel-joints;
  • pilot drill, countersink, glue and screw elements together;
  • clamp and glue joints;
  • use scan fittings in your assembly;
  • glasspaper and varnish your product.
  • use a variety of finishes on your  occasional table at home.

For photographs of most of the skills covered Click this link

Fee: £245.00

When: Two consecutive Saturdays : 8.45-17:15 (Wk.1), 8.45-18:15 (Wk.2)

                                                                                                                 (Please bring a packed lunch)

Places available: Three places per session for each of these dates:

                                                      (B=space booked, A=space available)



  • 8th/15th September   [BBB]
  • 17th/24th November  [BBB]
  • 16th/23rd February    [BAA]

                                                                             (Updated 22/7/2018)

What you will take away from the course:

  • An understanding of basic woodworking gained from seventeen hours of enjoyable, forgiving, hands on experience.
  • An awareness of what to buy in the way of necessary woodworking tools.
  • Your completed coffee table! (You will be provided with the acrylic cover for the display compartment.)

"I just wanted to write to say thank you so much for the wonderful tuition and guidance you gave on the course the last two weekends. I absolutely loved every part of the course, and have learned so much that i can't wait to put into practice. One of the best parts was the fact that we used so many techniques and got a flavour of such a variety of tools - I now have much more confidence to take on new projects that I definitely didn't have before. And combined with the great atmosphere you created made it so inducive to learn more!

I have been out today to get some bits and pieces to varnish the table and its first coat is on. I will send through some pictures once it is finished and in use."

(Jack Ambler - October 2015)

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Phone: 07866158145

Email: ian@signeddesigns.co.uk