Tote Box

Course Description

This course is designed to help you make a beautiful and functional box, while introducing you to some more advanced woodworking techniques you may not have tried before, such as making hand-cut dovetails, and hand-shaping using a spokeshave.

We will provide all the tools you need for the course, and you can bring your own if you prefer.  Through making the box, you will try different ways of planing, sanding, cutting dovetails, mortices and wedges, and finishing so that, at the end of the course, you will have developed or refined a number of skills that should help with future woodworking projects.  We will also share our methods for keeping your tools in perfect order to achieve the precision required in fine furniture making.

At the end of the course, you will have developed or refined a number of skills that should help with future woodworking projects, and you will of course take home the result of your week’s work to use for decades to come.

Experience level

Some experience with hand tools would be useful, but is not essential.  Alastair will get you cutting quality hand-cut dovetails no matter what!

Learning at the Atlantic Makers Collective

Our woodworking courses take place in our furniture workshop near Bude, North Cornwall.  You will learn professional-quality skills in a friendly space, dedicated to training, education and development.  You will also have the opportunity to meet the professional designer/makers based at the Atlantic Makers workshop, and discuss what they’re working on.  

People of all ages, skill-levels and backgrounds are welcome.  Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced maker looking to develop a particular skill, there’s a course for you. 

All our courses are taught by experienced and highly skilled craftspeople, so every course can be tailored to fit your needs.  That also means that if you’d like to learn something that’s not listed, we’d be happy to arrange a bespoke course to help you in your designing and making.  

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