Woodwork (Intermediate): Dovetailing

Course overview

As the summer term is only six-weeks long, we have decided to run a shorter course. This is a good opportunity for intermediate wood workers (classes are a maximum of eight learners) to really get to grips with this fascinating joint and its many different varieties.

As this is aimed at intermediate wood workers, you’ve probably started collecting your own tools, so feel free to bring them! You also probably know how to sharpen them and the workshop is equipped for you to do that here.

  • Each week will concentrate on a different type of dovetail joint
  • The aim is to have you confidently choosing and cutting the correct dovetail for the right task.

Please note: The course will run during term time only.

Tutor Profile:

“My name is Neil and I am a furniture maker, YouTuber, RycoteWood Alumni and Artist in Residence.
I am a Volunteer within Ryecotewood and have previously taught beginner courses, and also spend time within the day classes at RycoteWood. I am very pleased to now be running this intermediate course.

I have a lot of experience cutting Dovetails including inlaid Dovetails. I make furniture for pleasure and generally make individual bespoke pieces; however, I try to push myself with each new project and particularly enjoy doing Marquetry. Woodworking has given me a lot over the past few years and previous students have commented on my enthusiasm, saying that I clearly love the subject, and it reflects in my work and the way I teach it. I want help you bring your skills to the next level.”


Each lesson is two and a half hours long, which will allow you to get plenty of workshop time.

You will be provided with wood working plans for the exercise each evening and we will spend time going through them.

I might suggest videos to be watched that may give you a bit of a head start for the following week’s tasks but there is nothing mandatory.

My classes are a relaxed, friendly environment with no pressure. Enjoy!

Every week, each joint will be demonstrated by myself. We then break away to our individual workbenches and I will then come around and give you all one-to-one time. The class now has a maximum of eight learners, which means I’ll be able to give you more individual time.

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

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

All materials will be provided and there are tools available in the workshop.

Activate learning offer a broad and exciting series of woodwork courses to progress your skills. On completion of this course, speak to your tutor about your goals and they could suggest a course to you!

Furthermore, you can look online for our other offerings.

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