Woodwork Techniques Using Hand Tools - Create a Hardwood Trinket Box Print this page

This course is full. Please register your interest.
Dates: 10/01/19 - 07/02/19
Days: Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
Sessions: 5
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S43005C05NV
Fees: Standard - £80.00
Concessionary - £80.00

Course Information

To view an exact mock-up of the trinket box you will create, and some of the tools you will be using, please click here.    

What are the overall aims of the course?

During this ‘Woodworking with Hand Tools’ course, you will learn the skills necessary to skilfully and accurately create a trinket box in which to keep your keys, lose change, cards etc. safe and easy to find. You will create the trinket box using hardwood timber for the sides, featuring attractive finger joints, and Birch plywood for the base. All materials are included in the cost of the course.

This informal but intensive fully hands-on short course is specifically aimed at those with little or no previous experience in woodworking. Over the weeks of the course, you will create and assemble your project, using various joinery techniques and will complete it to a very high standard. It is our aim to ensure that each student will take away a finished project which you will be keen to proudly show off to your friends and family or possibly give away as a nice personalised present, something you have made!

Whether you are looking to take up woodworking as a hobby, or exploring new career options, or wanting to hone and expand your existing woodworking knowledge, or if you simply want to give it a go, this is the course for you.

What will I learn on the course?

On this course, you will be taught how to make a trinket box using various hand tools including squares, marking gauges, chisels and hand saws and planes. You will also use both electric and manual sanding to achieve a very high standard of finish and craftsmanship.

With its emphasis on hand tools, students who enrol on this course will learn how to use the following tools, amongst others:

• Marking Gauges – used to create definitive and accurate lines for the joinery.
• Hand Saws – cut away the bulk of the waste using Dovetail and Coping saws. The way you hold the saw is the key to its accuracy.
• Chisels – already sharpened to a razor edge, chisels are used to pare away the finest slivers of wood for a perfect fit of the joints.
• Planes – clean up the joinery to give it that professional look.

With its focus on hand tools, you will learn how to:

• Accurately mark out the joinery using squares and marking gauges
• Hold the tools correctly to ensure safe and accurate work
• Make precision cuts with hand saws
• Fine-tune the joints using chisels to pare down to a perfect fit
• Assemble the project using glue and clamping techniques
• Prepare the surfaces for the application of a finish using both electric and manual sanding. (Although the application of finishes, waxes and stains etc is not included in the timing of the course, your tutor will provide advice regarding choice and application methods for you to purchase and complete this aspect in your own time).

Your Tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session.

Are there any entry requirements?

This is an all abilities woodworking course and all are welcome.
An ability to understand and follow verbal instructions and an ability to follow plans and measure and calculate accurately is required.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

A workshop based course with a focus on practical work
Extended Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)
Handouts and other learning materials provided by the Tutor or online.
Whole group and 1-to-1 teaching methods are used where appropriate.
All techniques will be clearly demonstrated and explained, plus there will be an exact mock-up of the project for you to dismantle, examine, and reference against.

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Tutor observation
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the Tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

The course fee covers both the tuition fees and the cost of the timber and materials used to make the project.

This course is suitable for complete beginners. You are advised not to purchase any specific text-books or tools / equipment before the course starts. The Tutor will be able to advise you regarding the purchase of tools and other items if you wish to build up a selection of tools to carry out additional / further work at home in the future. Please discuss this matter with the Tutor during the course.

Although the application of finishes (waxes and stains etc) is not included, your Tutor will provide advice on their choice and application methods for you to purchase and complete in your own time.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

As well as yourself, please bring pen, pencil and paper to take notes.
As wood glue does not easily wash out of clothes, you may also wish to bring overalls when gluing is taking place.

You should wear stout closed shoes and avoid wearing long clothing that may become entangled in machinery. You should also tie up long hair to avoid it becoming entangled in machinery.

When applicable, information of what you will need for following sessions will be given at the end of each session.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre or at www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/enrol/help-with-fees

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/college/iclick or contact iclick@suttoncollege.ac.uk

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/college/advice-centre

What can I do after the course has finished?

Learners who complete this short ‘taster’ course will be encouraged to further develop their skills by enrolling on a further Sutton College wood work course. Courses vary from 5 weeks to 10 weeks with each course featuring a wide range of tooling and techniques. Other DIY and craft courses are also available. Please discuss options with the tutor.

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