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Home Carpentry & Joinery for Beginners

This hands-on course will provide you with an introductory insight into the basic principles of Home Carpentry & Joinery.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Carpentry
Adult and Community
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 6
Hours: 2.00
Start: 04/05/2022
Tuition: £105
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

This hands-on course will provide you with an introductory insight into the basic principles of Home Carpentry & Joinery.

You will try constructing basic joints using hand tools, from cross halving joints to dovetail joints, gaining new skills using a basic tool kit. After 6 weeks you will have the knowledge to complete small joinery projects at home with confidence to complete the project.

All adults are welcome, ladies and gents, aged 19+.

There are no formal entry requirements for this experience – you just need a keen interest in construction and saving money!

Working within a welcoming and relaxed group environment, our construction expert will provide in-time group demonstrations and tips before you proceed with each exercise.

We will cover everything from the importance of health and safety to the correct use of materials and tools for each task.

Week 1 – Health and safety in the college and workshop.

                  Introduction to the joinery tools

                  Basic cross halving joint.

Week 2 – Recap on the previous halving joint.

                  T halving joint

                  Mortice and tenon joint.

Week 3 – How to set up a smoothing plane, how to sharpen a chisel and plane blade.

                  Planning exercise with gauging and the use of a square.

Week 4 — Chopping in hinges ,door locks and latches.

Week 5 —  Dovetails single and multiple ones with secret dovetails.

Week 6 – Introduction to joinery power tools.

This course will be delivered on-site.

All materials will be included in the cost you pay.

Please note that you are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing.  You will be working within a practical environment so safety shoes must be worn in the workshop at all times

There are no assessment criteria – just observe, have a go, and enjoy!

If you have your own desired project or design, please feel free to bring that along to the group too.

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 22, 2021 3:57 pm