Woodwork Entry-level: making a stool

Course overview

This hands-on six-week course has been created for budding designers, makers and keen DIY enthusiasts. It’s a fantastic course to begin your journey into the wonderful world of fine woodworking.

You will learn basic woodworking skills and build up practical knowledge and confidence through practise in the workshop.

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

You will work at our renowned centre of excellence, Rycotewood Furniture Centre, taught by fine furniture maker Matthew Biddle!


You will learn:

  • jointing techniques
  • dovetails
  • lap joints
  • glue and screw joints
  • planing of timber
  • wood selection
  • sanding of timber
  • finishing and oiling

At the end of the course, you will take home your own, hand-made small wooden stool.

All tools, materials and safety equipment required are supplied but please bring a pencil and stationery.

You are required to wear safety toe-capped shoes whilst in the workshop and we strongly suggest full-length trousers.

 There are aprons, goggles, and ear defenders in the workshop that you are able to use, but you are welcome to bring your own PPE if you prefer. It can get quite noisy at times.

City of Oxford college offers a broad variety of woodwork courses in their renowned centre of excellence: Rycotewood Furniture Centre.

Tutor Profile: Matthew Biddle

Matthew studied as a Rycotewood student and has been designing and manufacturing bespoke furniture commissions for clients throughout the UK, Europe, and the US ever since.

Matthew says: ” I have a passion for beautiful hand-crafted products and the people who create them.”

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