Woodwork Intermediate: making a Shaker side table

Course overview

You’ve cut dovetails before, you’ve probably started purchasing your own tools, and you know how to sharpen them!

This intermediate woodwork course offers the opportunity to take your skills to the next level. This is achieved by making a variety of joints and additional woodwork processes like veneering during the production of your Shaker Side able.

To ensure plenty of 1-1 support, the group size will be limited to 8.

Course Tutor: Matthew Biddle

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

Please note this course will not run during school holidays.


You will learn:

  • timber selection
  • joint construction, including mortice and tenons
  • Gluing and assembling
  • Accurate marking out
  • finishing and oiling
  • Safely using sharp tools
  • veneering

You will build on your existing woodwork skills and expand your practical knowledge and confidence through workshop practice.

For this intermediate woodwork course we advise you to have previously completed 2 entry level woodwork courses.

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 can bring your own PPE if you prefer. It can get quite noisy at times.

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

City of Oxford College offers a broad range of courses to progress your woodwork skills. 

Tutor: Matthew Biddle

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

Course Starts in 240 Days
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