Woodwork: making a dovetail box

Course overview

You will learn how to use saws, marking out tools, chisels, as well as learn how to sharpen a chisel.

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 renowned Rycotewood Furniture Centre, and all materials are provided.

Course Tutors: Chris Woodward and David Gregg

Please note this course will not run during school holidays.


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

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

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You only need enthusiasm and a passion for woodwork!

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.

City of Oxford College offer a broad range of Woodwork courses to progress your skills.

Tutors: Chris Woodward and David Gregg

Course Starts in 123 Days
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