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Teaching and Courses

Sharpening Made Easy (full, please contact for reserve list)
10th September 2021
Active woodworkers of all levels.

At my workshop in Central Southampton
See website for cost and availability see below

This intensive one day course will have you sharpening and honing your chisels, planes, wheel marking gauge, marking knife etc to razor sharp edges. You will learn how to make this task quick and easy in the future and take your woodworking accuracy to a new level. The equipment used is not expensive and advice on what to buy and where will be provided. Please bring your hand tool kit along no matter how old or new!  
This course is held the day before my dovetailing course and would be a very good addition.  
9.00am-5.00pm tea/coffee and biscuits included, lunch can be bought locally.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
The cost is £110 per person including VAT and materials.  
If you are interested please contact me bar071960@gmail.com

Hand Cut Dovetails Made Easy (full, please contact for reserve list)
11th 12th September 2021
Intermediate woodworkers

At my workshop in Central Southampton
See website for cost and availability www.davidbarronfurniture.co.uk

An intensive 2 days in which you will make an attractive and nicely proportioned dovetail box with a tilt top lid. This course is suitable for active woodworkers who would like to learn how to cut perfect dovetails by hand.  
You will need to bring chisels, a jack plane, a block plane, marking knife and wheel marking gauge. If you have a dovetail saw (372 is best) and one of my magnetic dovetail guides then please bring them. They can be bought from Classic Hand Tools. I have saws/guides at the workshop which can be borrowed.  
You will learn how to cut crisp perfect fitting dovetails straight from the saw as well as installing a friction fit wooden lining and a leather base. There will be plenty of work on the shooting board. You will be shown a quick and easy finish and go home with a very nice completed box. My workshop is warm and well equipped and has a selection of benches with vices all suitable for cutting dovetails (no Record vices!).  
Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
Please see my Blog for pictures https://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.com/  
The cost is £240 per person including VAT and materials.  
If you are interested please contact me bar071960@gmail.com

Jewellery Box With Mitred Corners (Full, please contact for reserve list)
23rd - 26th September 2021 (4 days)
Advanced woodworkers

At my workshop in Central Southampton
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This intensive 4 day course would suit advanced woodworkers who are proficient at hand cutting dovetails and confident with using a shooting board. You will be making a beautiful jewellery box in rippled ash, a perfect Christmas present!  
You will learn how to achieve a perfect grain match on all four corners as well as creating gap free mitre joints. The mitres will be reinforced with 12 hidden dovetailed splines and additional techniques will include making a piston fit tray, a soft close lid, lining with pig suede and fitting Smart Hinges.  
Please see my Blog for pictures https://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.com/  
 
Thursday - Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
The cost is £565 per person including VAT and materials.  
Please email me if you are interested bar071960@gmail.com

Box with Angled Dovetails (course full please contact for reserve list)
16th-17th October 2021
Intermediate / advanced woodworkers

At my workshop in Central Southampton
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A very attractive box featuring angled dovetails to the sides and a curved lift off lid. If you have attended my Hand Cut Dovetails Made Easy course this would be very good next step. The dovetails are cut using my 1:4 dovetail guide and my 90 degree guide, if you have one or both of these please bring them along although I have both you can use. The lid is supported by a friction fit mitred lining which is also cut to the angles of the sides. The curved lid and carcass are shaped with spoke shaves and sanding blocks.  
Please see my Blog for pictures https://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.com/  
Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
The cost is £240 per person including VAT and materials.  
If you are interested please contact me bar071960@gmail.com

Tool Chest With a Piston Fit Tray (1 place left)
29th - 31th October 2021 (3 days)
Intermediate / Advanced

At my workshop in Central Southampton
See website for cost and availability See below

This intensive 3 day course would suit active woodworkers proficient at hand cutting dovetails. You will learn the classic box making techniques of achieving a soft close lid and a piston fit tray which descends on a cushion of air (see my YouTube video). The dovetails will be cut with my 1:6 magnetic dovetail guide and no372 Japanese dovetail saw, both available from Classic Hand Tools.  
You will need razor sharp tools including chisels, wheel marking gauge and jack plane. If you are unsure about the sharpness of your tools or your ability to cut dovetails then it would be a good idea to attend my sharpening day and 2 day dovetail course on 10th - 12th September 2021.  
Other techniques will include using a shooting board, edge jointing and fitting Andrew Crawford’s Smart Hinges.  
Please see my Blog for pictures https://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.com/  
Friday/Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
The cost is £475 per person including VAT and materials.  
If you are interested in attending please email me bar071960@gmail.com

Make a Wooden Jack Plane (course now full)
13th-14th November 2021
Intermediate woodworkers

At my workshop in Central Southampton
See website for cost and availability

An intensive 2 days in which you will make a very useful Krenov style wooden jack plane. The main body will be in brown oak (or similar) and will have a Lignum Vitae sole and be fitted with a high quality Hock blade and chip breaker. The plane will be 13" long with a 1 3/4" wide blade, great for smoothing, flattening and using on the shooting board.  
Most of the work will be with hand tools and you will need to bring a chisel set, a bench plane, block plane, marking knife, spoke shave, a rasp and wheel marking gauge. These will all need to be razor sharp.  
Please see my Blog for pictures https://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.com/  
Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
The cost is £255 per person including VAT and all materials.  
If you are interested please contact me bar071960@gmail.com

Chest with Compound Angled Dovetails (Full, please contact for reserve list)
26th-28th November (3 days)
Advanced

At my workshop in Central Southampton
See website for cost and availability See below

A technically difficult piece (and one of my favourites) which has four angled sides, two of them angled at 6 degrees and the other two at 3 degrees. This course would suit advanced woodworkers who would like to take their dovetailing to the next level. All the dovetails are cut by hand and would best suit a good quality English dovetail saw. If anyone has the Skelton twin bladed kerf starter that would be very useful although if not I have one you can use.  
You will also learn to cut bridle joints (open mortice and tenons) as well as creating perfect book matched panels on both sides of the lid.  
Please see my Blog for pictures https://davidbarronfurniture.blogspot.com/  
 
Friday - Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.  
Classes will be limited to 4 people to ensure plenty of attention for all (min 2 to run).  
The cost is £455 per person including VAT and materials.  
If you interested please email me bar071960@gmail.com

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