Make simple furniture – a dovetailed stool with Daniel Pateman

Ref: S3D09661


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About this course

Key furniture making techniques are introduced as you make a dovetail-jointed stool, with a multitude of uses. You will customise the joint layout of your piece, and learn to set up and use the tools required.

Course Description

Experience some of the key processes and techniques of furniture making in a project that not only introduces the essential elements in a fun and engaging way, but will give you a stable knowledge base to progressing your woodworking skills.

In making a simple dovetailed stool, you learn how to set up and use the tools required with a hands-on approach. Customise your joint layout, and develop an understanding of theory to back up your practical skills. Finish triumphant with a useful and versatile piece of furniture which you can be proud of.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • All timber needed for this project will be supplied and is included in the course fee.

What students need to bring

  • The College and tutor will provide all necessary equipment, however if you do own any woodworking hand tools please bring them.
  • Glasses, if you need them
  • An HB or B pencil
  • Sturdy covered shoes are essential in the workshop (not sandals). You will be on your feet for most of the day.


Daniel Pateman

Daniel designs and makes furniture to commission inspired by the principles of the arts and crafts movement which had a profound influence whilst serving his apprenticeship at the Edward Barnsley Workshop in Hampshire. He has an affinity for using hand tools and how they creatively contribute to the making process.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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