The hand tool bench

In early 2016, way before I had set up the YouTube channel I built my hand tool bench. You may have seen this on the early YouTube videos, in fact I made a video (for some reason) showing me cutting it down to size to fit into the new power tool workshop.

What you may not know is I recorded the build of that bench, almost as a pilot to get used to video, explaining, editing etc. I thought I had lost those videos, certainly the original footage has long gone, but when I renewed my membership on Vimeo for hosting the online-school videos they had archived the videos and got them all back 🙂

25 30 min episodes taking you step by step into building a hand tool workbench. AND by the way, I did the entire thing with handtools !

This is a great bench and a great build but slightly dodgy presenting and video quality, and although it is a handtool build many of the techniques and design aspects are transferable. 

So this definitely one to watch, as always this will have a classroom group associated with it, and plans are available.

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How to build a coffee table

By completing this course you will develop the skills to design and build a coffee table.

Our example is based on a real life customer commission, made out of American white OAK, has four dovetailed drawers and has the following dimensions height 500mm, length 1240mm.

The course will take you all the way through from concept to production using the Woodgrafter 5C approach.

Customer – Concept – Commission – Construct – Complete

This course is assessed through question and answers with a final project submission earning you Woodgrafter experience points.

How to build a planter

In this course you will learn how to build a wooden planter based on the classic Versailles Containers made famous in the reign of Louis XVI. Originally designed in 1670 by the Chief Gardener Andre Le Notre, this is a simplified modern take.

This is a hands on project designed to build your skills, develop your confidence and introduce basic joinery techniques.

It is also a fun project, that will impress your family and friends.

Be careful you will be building these things for everybody.


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