Furniture making skills – a simple cricket table with Derek Jones


Ref: SLW11803

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About this course

The key principles for building a cricket table are simplicity, necessity and ingenuity. Using just two types of joint it's possible to create a robust structure from almost any species of wood that can be used to make a variety of different pieces of furniture.

Course Description

As there are no plans or blueprints in existence that dictate how a cricket table should look, no two cricket tables are the same. The process for making them follows a far more organic process where the tools and materials to hand dictate the build and ultimately the form.

The design for this table incorporates two types of joint that can be used to create a variety of everyday furniture with a few basic hand tools and materials that are easily sourced. As well as developing a range of techniques for marking out and cutting joints with hand tools, you will also learn how to read the grain of a piece of wood and assess its suitability for a specific purpose.

Although some instructions will be available, you will benefit from being able to sharpen and maintain your own tools if you choose to bring them. Alternatively a full set of equipment will be provided. You will have the opportunity to work into the evenings (until 9pm) to ensure you have sufficient time to complete your project.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the College will supply all of the materials including timber (white pine) to make a cricket table approximately 50cm diameter and 70cm high.

What students need to bring

  • Drawing and writing equipment
  • Stout covered footwear for the workshop is essential (no sandals)
  • Any woodworking tools you already have and would like to use in preference to those supplied for use on the course. These might include back saw/dovetail/japanese saw, cabinetmakers chisels, #5 bench plane, block plane, shoulder plane, fret/coping saw. Please do not purchase these especially.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbooks, and drawing materials.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Derek Jones

Derek Jones has been the editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine for the last seven years and has written extensively on the subject. A furniture maker with more than thirty years experience he now splits his time between teaching, demonstrating and running a bespoke furniture making business.


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

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