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Woodturning Course for Beginners 


Fortnightly evening class from 7pm to 9:30pm 


A course designed to answer all the questions a beginner has; explaining the equipment and tools needed; methods of sourcing wood and processing your own wood; instruction on the safe use of all tools and machinery; methods of sanding and finishing.


Project based tuition emphasising both safety and the importance of getting the basics right from the start, putting you on the right path to getting the most enjoyment possible from your new passion.


Small friendly classes with a maximum of 4 students in a purpose built workshop, Shawsburn Woodturning Studio ML9 3RG



Week one - Introduction to the workshop, equipment and wood

    • Induction to the workshop

    • Introductions and background

    • Introduction to the equipment required: 

      • Chisels

      • Sharpening systems

      • Lathes

      • Chucks

      • Lights

      • Sanding

      • Dust extraction

      • PPE

      • Bandsaw

      • Pillar drill

    • Wood:

      • Difference between and working with:

        • Wet wood

        • Seasoned wood

        • Kiln dried wood

      • Cutting and processing your own wood 

      • Structure of wood and safe use



Week two - Safe use of machinery and mounting wood to the lathe

    • Introduction to machinery and safe use: 

      • Sharpening systems

      • Lathes

      • Chucks

      • Lights

      • Sanding

      • Dust extraction

      • Bandsaw

      • Piller drill

    • Methods of mounting work to the lathe:

      • Between centres

      • Faceplate

      • Screw chuck

      • Chuck jaws and use of different types

      • Friction chuck 

      • Longworth chuck

      • Vacuum chuck

Week three - Tool technique

    • Learning to use and sharpen:

      • Roughing gouge

      • Spindle gouge

      • Skew

      • Parting tool

Week four - Tool technique

    • Learning to use and sharpen:

      • Bowl gouge

      • Scrapers


Week five - Sanding and finishes

    • Sanding methods

    • Different finishes


Week six to ten - Projects to improve tool control, technique and skill.

For information on availability, dates and pricing please contact Darren directly at or 07507178986

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