Workshop

24 WEEK WOODWORK COURSE Upcoming

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If you would like to invest in yourself and learn practical skills for life, but are not interested in the academic study side of certification, The Goodlife Centre now offers a long woodwork course to take you from complete beginner to competent woodworker, joining us for 2 x 12 week terms on a Tuesday from 10am-5pm with a break for lunch 1-2pm.

Using a mixture of traditional hand tools and some basic power tools, you will develop the confidence to  build simple wood projects and take on many DIY and home improvement projects. Maximising your time with practical exercises, you will journey through the wonderful world of wood with  an expert wood worker and tutor,who will enthuse and inspire you as you proceed.

During your development, you will be able to adapt each project to suit your needs and as the number of people on the course will be small, you will have plenty of opportunity to personalise your craft skills. We keep our classes small so that a maximum of 10 students will ensure you benefit from close personal attention during your course.

Course Outline

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Skills are taught using specific wood projects which are designed to cover a broad range of challenges to build your ability as you go. During the year we will cover the following topics.

  • Familiarity with Health and safety in the workshop.
  • Selection and use of hand tools and basic power tools.
  • Making cutting lists and working out costs of timber for projects.
  • Selection of suitable timber and man made materials.
  • Woodworking joints. Learn how to make the classic wood joints and know when to use each one.
  • Making and assembly of basic frames.
  • Fitting doors to  small cupboards.
  • Wood adhesives; their selection and use.
  • Sanding and finishing surfaces.
  • Practice of protective hand applied finishes.
  • Care and sharpening of chisels, planes and saws.

Each made object will begin with learning about selection and cutting of timber, with knowledge of pricing and purchasing. There will be at least one trip to a timber merchant to explain timber sizing and mill conversion.

The projects will include:

A CLASSIC THREE OR FOUR LEGGED STOOL IN SOFTWOOD

Key learning

  • Joining wood lengths using wood dowels and drills.
  • Planing flat surfaces.
  • Marking and outlining shapes onto wood.
  • Shaping using mallet and chisels, coping saws, spoke shaves and portable jigsaw.
  • Shaping lengths of dowels with files and rasps to create legs for stool.
  • Creating through wedge tenon joint on legs.
  • Fitting rails using paddle drill bits.
  • Levelling feet and uneven surfaces.
  • Sanding and finishing.

AN OCCASIONAL LOW TABLE IN SOFTWOOD AND PLYWOOD

Key learning

  • Selection of timber to create legs for table.
  • Marking out and cutting bare faced shoulder joints in rails and legs using marking knives, mortice gauges, and chisels.
  • Gluing up a rectangular frame.
  • Sanding and finishing.

A SET OF STEPS

Key learning

  • Selection of timber to create steps.
  • Marking out and cutting rebates for steps using marking knives, mortice gauges, hand routers and chisels.
  • Gluing up steps. Adding top. Fitting rope.
  • Sanding and finishing.

A SMALL CUPBOARD WITH VENEER PANEL DOOR

Key learning

  • Constructing a veneer panel using hardwood designs
  • Selection of timber and producing cutting list for bespoke sizing of cupboard.
  • How to draw a workshop rod (A full size drawing; It accurately shows the cross sections, lengths, widths and thickness of the finished work).
  • Cutting large boards with power tools.
  • Fitting cupboard onto wall or into alcove.

Teaching & Learning

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As well as recommending how to build a good tool kit, we will teach you how to maintain them by teaching the invaluable skill of honing and sharpening the edges of tools. Even if you have already joined us to make one of the pieces above, we will step up your learning with challenging your accuracy. We look forward to you joining us in January. We’ll put the kettle on and get out the biscuits, and then you can begin.

Learners will have access to our well equipped woodwork workshop on Tuesdays and the majority of the teaching will be by practical experience on your own projects (listed above). There will be set exercises to be completed and tutors will help learners evaluate their own work in private and group tutorials throughout the course. Any additional projects the learner takes on will be encouraged.

Feedback will be given throughout the course. Fundamental knowledge will be explained in interactive lectures in the workshop using practical examples where possible. Different basic topics will be explored and learners are encouraged to develop their own creativity and confidence as they progress.

Tutors will encourage, support and arrange informal visits to local timber yards to facilitate selection and purchase of materials Opportunities to improve drawing skills will occur as we offer technical drawing days throughout the year. We encourage learners to develop a comprehensive and reference-able folder of notes as a valuable and visible aid to learning, as well as an ongoing portfolio of your own projects.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who have some previous experience. As much of the learning is transferred verbally, a good knowledge of English is required. We do not have minimum academic qualification requirements.

Supplementary Learning

In addition to our the core woodwork course, learners have the opportunity to round-off their knowledge by attending  our other woodwork  related workshops at a discount. These workshops run regularly, in the evenings and at weekends, and can be taken at any time during your carpentry course. These companion workshops will improve your skill levels and abilities in upholstery, wood carving and restoration, providing you with a good grounding in all levels of woodwork and furniture restoring.

Tutor

Ruth Thomson is an experienced carpenter and enthusiastic teacher. She has headed carpentry departments teaching NVQ levels 1 and 2. Ruth enjoys teaching our basic carpentry as well as bespoke classes for children. She headed the build for our new workshop and wrote an impressive and accurate shopping list for 2 kilometres of wall studding and a ton of plasterboard. When not teaching, Ruth explores the countryside on her motorbike and plays guitar and piano. Not at the same time.

Fees and Payment Structure

Total  cost £2400.00 including VAT @20% This is inclusive of all materials.

Payment is due via the following methods-
1.Payment in full before the beginning of the course. £2400.00

2. This method incurs an admin fee of 3%.   £800.00 by beginning of first term (9th January 2018) The balance (£1647.00)will be invoiced in 3 parts (£549.00) which will be due on February 9, March 9, April 9.

Class Dates

The course takes places weekly each Tuesday 10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm.

Term dates for the course are:
Spring Term-12 weeks
January 9,16,23,30February 6,13,20,27 March 6,13,20,27 (no Half Term)

Summer term 12 weeks
April 17, 24, May 1,8,15,22, (Half term break May 29) June 5,12,19,26, July 3,10.
Course fees- 24 weeks for £2400.00

  1. This method incurs an admin charge of 3%.   £800.00 by beginning of first term (9th January 2018) The balance (£1647.00)will be invoiced in 3 parts (£549.00) which will be due on February 17, March 17, April 17.

Optional supplementary woodwork related  workshops are available with 50% discount. We  also offer a 5% discount for anything purchased from Axminster tools during the course.

All basic materials for the projects are included in the cost of the course.

Register for this event
Price Qty
24 Weeks Course £2,400.00 (GBP)  
First term £800.00 (GBP)  

Address:

49-55 Great Guildford Street
London
SE1 0ES
United Kingdom

Start Date: 09/01/2018
Course Dates: January 09/16/23/30 February 06/13/20/27 March 06/13/20/27 Easter Holiday No classes April, 17/24 May 01/08/15/22 Half term no class, June 05/12/19/26 July 03/10

Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00

Price: £2400