Woodworking skills – a table caddy with Mark Cass

Ref: SWE09050


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About this course

Employing basic techniques, methods and tools,make a table caddy in a decorative hardwood. It's all very achievable, and is a great introduction to the world of woodworking. All of the component parts will be marked out, shaped, joined and finished by hand.

Course Description

You will be cutting, shaping and joining as you steadily progress towards assembling a useful and decorative table caddy. It's a fun project and the chance to make something that will last for many years.

The flexible design enables scope for a degree of individual interpretation if you choose, but the tutor will be on hand to suggest and advise the best course of action for you personally. The project can be completed entirely with hand tools; the use of some power tools and machines to enable you to complete to a professional standard.

It's all very achievable, and is a great introduction to the world of woodworking.

Main objectives:

• To learn about timber and timber products

• To appreciate the importance of planning and design

• Understanding the correct use of measuring and marking out tools and the importance of accuracy

• To gain confidence in cutting, shaping and joining timber

• To use selected power tools and equipment in a safe and supervised environment (optional)

• To look at different construction and assembly techniques

• To consider appropriate finishes for a job; preparation for this process


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


  • Materials and timber supplied for the project.

What students need to bring

  • Pencil (H or 2H is recommended)
  • Eraser
  • Tape measure
  • Apron or similar
  • Note book
  • Stout covered footwear for workshop use - essential
  • A wide range of quality tools is provided, but if you have any of the following items and would like to assess their viability, please feel free to bring them, (please mark with your name, but don't purchase especially):
  • Combination square
  • Pincers
  • Sliding bevel
  • Nail punch
  • Marking gauge
  • One or two bevel edged chisels
  • Tenon saw
  • Pozidrive screwdriver
  • Jack or smoothing plane
  • Cork sanding block
  • Block plane
  • Oil or diamond sharpening stone
  • Hammer
  • Mallet

Available to buy

  • Pencil and eraser
  • PVA glue
  • Masking tape (20mm)
  • Duct tape
  • Abrasives, 100, 120 and 180 grit
  • Soft bristle brush (30 to 40mm)
  • Oil, varnish, wax etc


Mark Cass

Mark's biggest pleasure is making things; showing others how to do it too. He's been woodworking for most of his life and has experienced nearly every aspect of this rewarding craft, from furniture restoration to boat repair via joinery and flooring.


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

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