Improver/Advanced - 2 Day


This two day advanced course is intended to stretch those with a degree of woodworking experience or may have attended one of the Beginners' courses. The theme will be the detailed process of hand cutting that most quintessential of cabinet making joints - the dovetail.

After the introductions we will have a brief overview of tools, sharpening and timber preparation but will not dwell on these as it will be assumed you have this knowledge and ability from past experience. To begin with we will spend a little time practicing some through dovetail joints before moving on to the project itself. Once the dovetails have been fitted and the box glued together we will then proceed to make a moulded base and the removable lid. You can then polish your box with a wax finish and stand back and admire your hand cut dovetails.

Duration: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm (each day)

Project: Small Trinket Box

Timber: Tulipwood

Course Content: The following elements will be included on this course together with other information and tips along the way.



  • how to work safely

  • introduction to the tools specific to cutting dovetails

    • dovetail saw

    • coping saw

    • chisels

  • a brief overview of sharpening of tools to work at their best and maintain them in good condition


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  • common species in general use

  • understanding the structure of wood

  • the selection of timber and identifying defects

  • how to deal with difficult grain

  • introduction to veneers



  • making a cutting list

  • selecting & sorting timber

  • marking out dovetails

  • hand cutting dovetails

  • paring shoulders

  • gluing & assembly

  • sanding/cleaning up

  • finishing


Price includes a non-refundable cancellation fee of £75.00. Please note that anyone under the age of 18 cannot be accepted onto this course. Please see the full Standard Terms & Conditions

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Please be advised that participants should have a basic knowledge and be familiar with the use and sharpening of woodworking tools and the preparation of timber, either previously acquired or from attendance of one of the Dovetail Beginners' courses.