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Woodwork Beginners: 10 weeks

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Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

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10 weeks
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10 weeks

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New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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Hands-on woodworking courses for budding designer/makers and keen DIY enthusiasts.

Woodwork for beginners is an entry level course and a fantastic course to start your journey into the wonderful world of fine woodworking, taught by Rycotewood alumnus Michael Buick.

Beginning with a simple hand cut trivet (pot-rest), at the end of the course you will go home with your own hand made dovetail box with lid.

The course takes place in fully-equipped workshops in the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, and all materials are provided.

A series of workshop activities will ensure that you complete the course with finished work and practical woodwork skills.

Please note this course will not run during school holidays.

What I'll learn

You will learn:

  • precise joint cutting
  • timber selection
  • reading a simple technical drawing
  • marking out
  • cutting dovetail joints
  • finishing and oiling
  • using hand tools such as marking gauges, Japanese saws and chisels


How I'll learn

You learn the basic woodworking skills and gradually build up practical knowledge and confidence through workshop practice.

At the end you will have a finished piece of furniture to include in a portfolio and have gained the knowledge, experience and confidence to attempt basic furniture making projects of your own.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You only need a passion for woodwork and the enthusiasm to have fun whilst making!


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.